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Resolve to be Ready for Floods and Severe Weather

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) encourages everyone to be ready to take action and prepare for emergencies. You can start by taking these simple steps:

 Be informed. Know the hazards and risks in your area.
 Make a family emergency plan, so you know how you would communicate with and find your loved ones if and when a disaster hits.
 Build an emergency supply kit-both at home and in the car- that includes water, food and first aid supplies to help you survive if you lose power or get stranded in your car.
 Get involved- Be an advocate and educator for safety and emergency preparedness within your community.Emergencies can range from inconvenience to devastation, but you can resolve not to be a victim of an emergency or disaster and take steps to minimize the impact on you, your family and your businesses.

To help everyone to take these steps to get prepared, the City of Albany Planning and Development Services Department has organized a Flood and Severe Weather Preparedness Fair.

It will be held on Saturday, November 3rd, from 10 am to 4 pm. Indoor exhibits will be at the Thronateeska Science Museum, 100 W. Roosevelt Ave., and outdoor exhibits will be at the RiverQuarium Parking Lot. Admission is free. This fair is a component of the City of Albany’s and Dougherty County’s public outreach in regard to flood information and preparedness. We have federal, state, regional, county and city public agencies and area-wide organizations participating, including:

The National Weather Service, Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, GA EPD Office ofFloodplain Management, GA Dept of Public Health Environmental Health Section, Dougherty County Public Works, City of Albany Public Works, Police Dept., Planning and Development Services, and Emergency Management Agency, Albany Dougherty Search and Rescue Squad, Red Cross Flint River Chapter, GA Wing Civil Air Patrol, Thronateeska Heritage Center, RiverQuarium, VOAD, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Albany Dougherty Greenspace Committee, Albany Humane Society, and a number of vendors who can help you prepare for flooding and severe weather.

There will be indoor and outdoor exhibits on flooding and severe weather information and preparedness, 3-day kit supply lists and examples, exhibits on the history of flooding in the Albany area, including the WALB coverage of the 1994 flood, multi-media and interactive exhibits, emergency vehicles and mobile command units, and CodeRED enrollment.
There will also be Albany and Dougherty County flood insurance rate maps and GIS mapping for you to see where your property is in relation to the different flood hazard zones. Generalinformation on flood insurance and flood hazard zones will also be available. The NationalWeather Service can show you how to program your severe weather radio.
Do you remember the 1994 flood? How did it affect you and your family? The Archives Department of the Thronateeska Heritage Center will be conducting an oral history project at the fair to document your memories of past floods. You may sign up at their booth to be video or audio recorded.

A scavenger hunt will take you from the science museum exhibits to the path to Riverfront Park on the Flint River and up to the RiverQuarium Plaza and parking lot, where the emergency vehicles and mobile command units will be parked.

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