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Dougherty County's Emergency Operation Center now open

Emergency Operation Center open in Dougherty County (Source: WALB) Emergency Operation Center open in Dougherty County (Source: WALB)
EOC is prepared to take calls from the public (Source: WALB) EOC is prepared to take calls from the public (Source: WALB)
Oakridge Baptist Church is serving as a storm shelter for those in need of a place to go (Source: WALB) Oakridge Baptist Church is serving as a storm shelter for those in need of a place to go (Source: WALB)
Jenna Chang, Dougherty County EMA Deputy Director (Source: WALB) Jenna Chang, Dougherty County EMA Deputy Director (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Dougherty County's Emergency Operation Center or EOC is fully activated as of Sunday morning.

With wind speeds picking up, Emergency Management employees are on standby. 

"We don't know what our impacts are going to be yet. We know that we will probably have some in the form of heavy rain accumulation," said Jenna Chang, Deputy Director of Dougherty County EMA.

Chang wants to remind people that they need to be prepared too. 

She said it's crucial for families to have an emergency kit and plan and to make sure they've practiced where in their home is safest to be during possibly hazardous conditions.

"Today [Sunday] is the day to finish up those preparations. And just listen to the alerts and warnings that may come out throughout today and tomorrow," explained Chang.

And she wants to remind everyone to stay calm too.

"But there's really no reason for the general public to panic."

And if you have a low-lying home, mobile home or don't feel safe in your home, a storm shelter has opened up. 

The Red Cross and the public health department have partnered to utilize Oakridge Baptist Church at 1708 W. Oakridge Drive in Albany.

If you need to call the EOC you can do so by calling 229-483-6226.

Chang said the center will be open through the duration of the storm. 

And of course, stick with WALB News 10 on our mobile app for the latest updates.

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