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First responders: South Georgia much better prepared for hurricanes, floods

Georgia Power and Crisp Power hosted the exercise, to help update an action plan to be prepared in case of the worst. Georgia Power and Crisp Power hosted the exercise, to help update an action plan to be prepared in case of the worst.
Dozens of first responders worked with business leaders Thursday, to make sure they are as prepared as possible. Dozens of first responders worked with business leaders Thursday, to make sure they are as prepared as possible.
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

If South Georgia were hit by a Hurricane and record floods, would it be ready?

Dozens of first responders worked with business leaders Thursday, to make sure they are as prepared as possible.

Georgia Power and Crisp Power hosted the exercise, to help update an action plan to be prepared in case of the worst.

A bigger and more destructive disaster than the Flood Of 1994 was the scenario of Thursday's action plan emergency exercise hosted by Georgia Power and Crisp Power.

Dozens of emergency responders, federal and state officials, and officials from nearly a half dozen South Georgia counties took part, and took it seriously, because they know it could really happen.

"When you get a realistic scenario like this, it just makes it real easy to really get involved, and everybody participate," said GEMA Area Two Field Coordinator Gary Rice.

In the given scenario, a Hurricane blows across South Georgia, touching off tornadoes from Albany to Cordele. Five days later a flood greater than the 1994 flood comes down the Flint River, swamping both the Lake Blackshear and Flint River dams, forcing thousands to have to evacuate their homes.

"We understand how important it is to take those pro-active steps," said Georgia Power Spokesperson Brian Green. "So when that event occurs we want to make sure everyone is up to speed."

Emergency Plans were drawn up after 1994 using those lessons learned. This exercise will help improve the plans.

"The technology and all that is here now that wasn't around in 1994," said Crisp Power Company Resource Manager Marcus Waters. "People can stay in communication and get updates [about] where the shelters are, where they need to evacuate, [and] where they don't have to worry about. It's just a lot better nowadays."

Officials agree they are much better prepared than in 1994 to handle a huge disaster, but they are still looking for ways to improve.

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