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Having an emergency plan for hurricane season is necessary

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Hurricane Season started Monday and we've had strong thunderstorms the last couple of days.

It's a good time to think about an emergency plan for your family.

This siren at the intersection of Westgate Drive and Westover Boulevard is one of the 14 in Albany's alert system. If there's a severe thunderstorm warning you'll hear this alarm. There are other alerts for other warnings.

Officials are predicting this hurricane season to be milder than normal, but Dougherty County's Deputy EMA Director says you should still have a plan in place.

He says it's important for families to sit down and talk about what they would do during an emergency.

You should have a rendezvous point in case you get separated na list of emergency phone numbers and a survival kit.

“You want to put together a kit that will sustain you for up to 72 hours. Those are things that's an individual kit. We make suggestions that we put on our website under the Fire Department, but it's really something that you need to sustain yourself during that time period,” said Jim Vaught, EMA Director.

In Dougherty and several other counties, you can sign up to receive Code Red calls that will alert you when threatening weather is headed your way. You may also want to buy a Weather alert Radio.

Vaught said it's also important to teach your children when to use 911 and to have flood insurance prior to any severe weather. Hurricane Season will run until November.

MORE: More information about Hurricane Season in Albany

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