Hurricane season continues, Macon-Bibb EMA says to be prepared

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – It has been 2 weeks since Irma swept through the state, but some neighborhoods are still cleaning up and recuperating from the damage.

“This isn’t just a coastal problem, this is a southeast United States problem,” said Macon-Bibb EMA director, Spencer Hawkins. “We saw it in the flood of ’94 with Tropical Storm Alberto, and now we’re seeing it again in 2017 with Tropical Storm Irma.”

He says Middle Georgia can and does get impacted by Tropical Storms.

Hawkins says that was one of the lessons learned as Irma made its way through Georgia.

“The other issue is facts that, when we talk about getting your emergency kit ready for at least three days, that’s absolutely necessary,” said Hawkins.

According to the county, 55,000 homes and businesses were left without power from storm damages, some for multiple days.

“So, making sure that you had enough non-perishable food, water, flashlights to get you through those four or five days is critically important,” said Hawkins.

Hawkins also does not recommend using candles during a storm.

“Candles don’t give off a lot of light, they are a flame in an area that’s already dark and dangerous,” said Hawkins.

He recommends using a flashlight or glow sticks, because they also last longer and give off more light.

“This is your time, we just went through this,” said Hawkins. “Take that time now, while we’re still cleaning up, while it’s still fresh in your mind. Look at your family’s emergency plan, review that emergency kit, make sure that you have that supplies that you need and learn how to stay informed.”

You can also download the county’s MBC Alert. It sends you texts, e-mails or calls you weather is affecting your area. You can sign-up if you click here.

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