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South Georgia Emergency managers and first responders train for dealing with floods, saying another natural disaster could hit the state any time.

Georgia Public Safety held its Flood Fight Operation training session  in Albany because of the serious floods here in 1994 and 1998.

Marine Corps Logistics Base E-M-A officials trained along with Dougherty, Lee, Brooks, Tift, and Lanier county emergency responders.

They learned how to organize flood response and include the community.

"It is much more than relying totally on the EMA to do everything. They need to talk to the EMA and say where can we play. How can we participate, what do we need to do," said National Weather Service Senior Hydrologist Joel Lanier.

In the past this flood response training has been held at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth.

Now GEMA officials are traveling around the state to get more local first responders involved.


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