Sunday, May 19 2013 10:19 AM EDT2013-05-19 14:19:32 GMT
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana. Deputies responded to a complaint at Jose Sanchez's house on Highway 129 North Friday. AuthoritiesMore >>
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana.
Saturday, May 18 2013 11:42 PM EDT2013-05-19 03:42:03 GMT
Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff. It was the first annual pigs in the park event, put on by the Georgia Narcotics Officer'sMore >>
Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 9:47 PM EDT2013-05-19 01:47:12 GMT
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks. Police say they responded to the Dollar General on West Jackson Street around 9:15pm Friday. EmployeesMore >>
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks.
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:59 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:59:02 GMT
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. Authorities say it happened around 11pm Friday near the 3900 block of Radium Springs Road. PoliceMore >>
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:58:50 GMT
It's graduation time for high schools in Dougherty County and students are ready to embark on their next journey. 230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High SchoolMore >>
230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High School this Saturday morning.More >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -
Officials have been stressing all week the importance of being prepared when a natural disaster hits home but many people can remember a time when Dougherty County and surrounding areas weren't as prepared as we needed to be.
When flood waters rose in July of 1994, Albany wasn't prepared to deal with the 500 year flood. Five people died and 20,000 more were evacuated. Since then we've smarted up. First responders have figured out better ways to warn their residents, and folks have started to take their advice.
Dougherty County's Emergency Management Agency now has better resources like their Code Red Program which is a high-speed telephone Emergency Notification System that allows first responders to telephone targeted areas in the county in case of an emergency situation that requires you to take immediate action.
"On our web site we have under the fire department we put a section on destructive weather and in there is things like tornadoes, thunderstorms, hurricanes, flooding but it also gives the siren sounds," says Dougherty County EMA Director Jim Vaught.
Officials say not only are you able to listen to examples of each weather warning siren, but you're are able to sign up for the Code Red phone call alerts. All you have to do is visit Albany.ga.us go to the Albany Fire Department section and click the Code Red icon. There you can fill in your contact info and select which type of weather notification you'd like to receive.
Officials say when preparing for dangerous flood conditions to make sure to water-proof all your important documents. Also, when looking to buy or rent a home, try to steer clear of houses located in floodplains. Check to see if you need to purchase Flood insurance. You can do that by visiting www.floodsmart.gov to learn more about potential floor risk and how to apply for a plan through the National Flood Insurance Program.