FORSYTH, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - The Monroe County Emergency Management Agency is using a statewide method to track weather conditions and incidents around the area.
The software program, Web Emergency Operations Center, or Web E.O.C., makes communication and decision-making easier for the department, according to EMA Director Matthew Perry.
"The way we're looking at it is we're looking at it as another piece of the puzzle, something else that we can draw information from to put together a good picture," says Perry.
He adds with the online program, he and his team are able to push-out and collect data in real-time, so they can able to react faster during any sever weather condition.
"We've been able to pull in information that we've needed from surrounding counties and from the state to help make our decisions here much easier."
The system benefits both the city of Forsyth and Monroe County by cutting down on time wasted, so EMA members can help the community in need during the winter weather.
"It may just be a step or two, but it's enough to keep those inconveniences people suffer to a minimum."
Perry says the biggest reason why the Monroe County EMA is just now using it is, because the system has multiple features that make their jobs a lot easier and more effective.
The state gave all Georgia Emergency Management Agencies the software for free about a year ago.