Thursday, May 23 2013 12:25 PM EDT2013-05-23 16:25:08 GMT
Army Specialist Ciara Smith surprised her son Devin Lewis and her mother Carla Williams today at Devin's Kindergarten graduation at Harper Elementary School in Thomasville. Smith just returned from herMore >>
Army Specialist Ciara Smith surprised her son Devin Lewis and her mother Carla Williams today at Devin's Kindergarten graduation at Harper Elementary School in Thomasville. More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:57 AM EDT2013-05-23 15:57:54 GMT
Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society Volunteer Lacey Williams and WALB's Stephen Abel drew the winning raffle ticket late Wednesday afternoon for a $100 gas card donated by Harold Jackson and PetroleumMore >>
A group of volunteers raised a total of $640 by selling the raffle tickets. The money will be used to fight animal cruelty through education and awareness.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:01 AM EDT2013-05-23 14:01:10 GMT
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, P. E. announced some road closures Thursday morning. Beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, the following streets will be closed for the Spring Fest and SBMore >>
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, announced some road closures beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, in downtown Albany.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:00 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:00:09 GMT
ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that metro Albany's unemployment rate declined to 8.6 percent in April, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 8.9 percent in March. TheMore >>
The unemployment rate in the Southwest Georgia region declined to 8.2 percent in April, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 8.4 percent in March. The rate was 8.8 percent in April a year ago.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-23 11:30:38 GMT
Dougherty County Police believe a pair of convenience store smash and grabs may be the work of the same two men. The first smash and grab happened around 2:20 am at the Pit Stop convenience store atMore >>
Dougherty County Police believe two men are behind a smash and grab and a break in at two convenience stores within four miles of each other.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.