How Albany is preparing for Hurricane Irma - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

How Albany is preparing for Hurricane Irma

The Albany, Dougherty County EMA is ready for Irma (Source: WALB) The Albany, Dougherty County EMA is ready for Irma (Source: WALB)
DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) -

As Hurricane Irma continues its path toward the U.S., communities across South Georgia are making preparations.

Sebon Burns, the Deputy Fire Chief and Deputy EMA Director for Dougherty County, shared the plans that the EMA has so far.

What is being done by Albany and Dougherty County?

All of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) representatives have already met and been briefed on the current situation and are ready to activate the EOC. We will have a better idea of when to activate the EOC once the hurricane makes landfall in Florida. Crews have been cleaning storm drains and gutters to prevent flooding. The utility department has stocked up on tools and equipment to be able to respond. The rest of the department is making sure they have adequate personnel and vehicles are completely fueled up.

Has the governor declared a state of emergency?

Yes, it has been expanded from 6 counties to 30 counties all on the southern part of the state.

Are there any planned evacuations?

All of Chatham County and all counties east of I-95 are under a mandatory evacuation, I-16 will contraflow which means both sides of the highway will be flowing west beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday. 

What about shelters?

Right now we are not planning to open shelters for local residents. At this point, if any shelters are opened it would be for evacuees from other areas.

What can people do to prepare themselves?

Make your family emergency action plan, decide where to meet inside the structure, decide where to meet if you have to evacuate the structure, have plenty of water, have flashlights, batteries, and a weather radio.

Copyright 2017 WALB. All rights reserved.

Keep up with WALB on the go! 
Follow us on social  
   and download our apps!

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Spring allergies sweep Southwest GA

    Spring allergies sweep Southwest GA

    Friday, February 23 2018 7:27 AM EST2018-02-23 12:27:44 GMT
    Theck said trees blooming are the main culprit for spring pollens right now (Source: WALB)Theck said trees blooming are the main culprit for spring pollens right now (Source: WALB)

    You've no doubt noticed that green or yellow dust filling the air, and piling up on homes, cars, and almost everywhere.

    More >>

    You've no doubt noticed that green or yellow dust filling the air, and piling up on homes, cars, and almost everywhere.

    More >>
  • Americus neighborhood remembers man killed in shooting

    Americus neighborhood remembers man killed in shooting

    Thursday, February 22 2018 11:22 PM EST2018-02-23 04:22:05 GMT
    Candles were lit to honor Lynwood at the vigil. (Source: WALB)Candles were lit to honor Lynwood at the vigil. (Source: WALB)

    A community is mourning the loss of one of its own after a deadly shooting in Americus on Saturday.

    More >>

    A community is mourning the loss of one of its own after a deadly shooting in Americus on Saturday.

    More >>
  • New tennis facility coming to Lee County

    Thursday, February 22 2018 11:06 PM EST2018-02-23 04:06:04 GMT
    New Tennis Courts are being built on Starksville Avenue in Lee County. (Source: WALB)New Tennis Courts are being built on Starksville Avenue in Lee County. (Source: WALB)
    New Tennis Courts are being built on Starksville Avenue. (SourceNew Tennis Courts are being built on Starksville Avenue. (Source

    The Lee County tennis courts on Fire Tower Road will soon be a thing of the past. 

    More >>

    The Lee County tennis courts on Fire Tower Road will soon be a thing of the past. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly