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The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral. 16-year old Keyanna Lang died from a heart condition. Due to her illness the family couldn't keep lifeMore >>
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral.More >>
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A student-led effort to help cancer survivors ended up being a big success at a Lee County School. Friday students at Twin Oaks elementary school donated the proceeds from their effort to the Cancer CoalitionMore >>
A student-led effort to help cancer survivors ended up being a big success at a Lee County School. Friday students at Twin Oaks elementary school donated the proceeds from their effort to the Cancer Coalition of Southwest Georgia.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:44 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:44:12 GMT
Furloughs for Marine Corps Logistics Base workers could start in less than two months. About 2,000 workers at the Albany base will have to take up to 11 unpaid days off in the next fiscal year that startsMore >>
Furloughs for Marine Corps Logistics Base workers could start in less than two months.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:43 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:43:28 GMT
The Rat Pack came back to Albany Friday night. Sinatra and Friends performed at Doublegate Country Club to raise money for the Albany Symphony Association. The guys who play the roles of Frank Sinatra,More >>
People danced the night away to Frank Sinatra tunes.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:34 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:34:50 GMT
Albany trauma specialist say most of the trauma cases they see result from car crashes, and too many of those crashes are caused by distracted drivers. Now they're spreading a message in honor of TraumaMore >>
Albany trauma specialist say most of the trauma cases they see result from car crashes, and too many of those crashes are caused by distracted drivers. Now they're spreading a message in honor of Trauma Awareness Month.More >>
South Georgia first responders are gearing up to lend a helping hand to areas hit by Irene. One Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle team is already on the way to Massachusetts. And Dougherty County search and rescue personnel are on standby, waiting to see if they'll be called into action.
Albany is ready to open temporary shelters for evacuees if that becomes necessary. Local emergency management agencies are also working though GEMA and FEMA to see how many volunteers they might be able to send to areas hit by the hurricane.
The American Red Cross Flint River Chapter's Emergency Response Vehicle or ERV was checked over before heading north to help with the storm relief effort even though most of the damage has yet to occur. "They'll drive through the day and stay at hotels overnight, until they get to their destination: Massachusetts," said Nigel Poole, ARC Flint River Emergency Services Director.
It's just one of many being readied. Over 200 ERV's are being deployed. From a staging area they'll be dispatched to collect storm damage information or meet the community's needs with clean up kits or food.
"We have six food rows in here which typically hold a meat and two vegetables, we can actually serve from back here out the side window," said Poole.
They're not the only ones. Georgia Power is waiting for damage reports before deploying. A team of 24 from Albany, including Jay Smith of GA Power, is awaiting marching orders. "Early in the week we put together a group of volunteers that would go on a storm team and each region in the state did that we have 12 regions."
Local EMA also got the call mid-afternoon for the search and rescue team. "They're trying to line up people should they be called for, if it's something that's going to last for a while, you're going to have multiple, change crews so you can't leave the same people working 24/7," said Jim Vaught, Deputy EMA Director.
Right now, it's a waiting game to see what damage Irene will bring and just how much help is needed.
Crews weren't sure when they would be dispatched, but say they have everything ready for when they are.
Water, Gas, and Light is also ready to send linemen to damaged areas if they get a call for help.