A Message from Georgia County Commissioners
Time McMichael: “The only thing you have to do is turn on your TV. You know everybody says it’s not going to be me, but unfortunately, one of these days it just could be. I’d rather it not be you and be prepared in case it is you.”
Melissa Chevers: “Disasters happen to everybody and I’m just saying be prepared. Back in April 2009, we were hit with a big flood. We weren’t prepared, not like I think we should, because we didn’t think it would happen to us.”
Lamar Paris: “It’d be the snow storm of ’93. That’s when it snowed about 20-24 inches up there, and just land locked everything in place.”
McMichael: “Our latest disaster we’ve had has been water as a matter of fact. We’ve had unusual amounts of rain, and the other problem we have to look for on a continuous basis are tornadoes because we are subject to having tornadoes and you may remember back in the early 50’s, Warner Robbins had one of the worst tornadoes that’s ever hit the state.”
Lee May: “I never thought that flood water would ever reach into my home, but it did. So I was operating in two lanes. One, as a father and a husband, and another as a commissioner, as an elected official. It has really prepared me to another degree that I would have never considered before. My mother-in-law had to go down two flights down the ladder into flood waters. I owe her my life now. She tells me every day that I owe her.
Paris: “Well you’ve got to think ahead so that you are ready in the event of an emergency. I mean, there are all kinds of emergency kits that are available. Obviously, you want flashlights, you want water, you want a place to stay that’s going to be dry, you want emergency heat of some kind, just really common sense things.”
McMichael: “We’re getting ourselves prepared in case we do have something. We also have a code red system where we can notify people of a natural disaster whether it be a tornado, whether it just be bad weather. So we try to get ourselves prepared and hopefully don’t have to use it.
May: “Well, people have to be prepared for themselves because the reality is government can only do so much. So you have to have your own Ready kit that can provide you with all the necessary essentials for you to be able to sustain yourself until emergency help can come to you.”
McMichael: “In my Ready kit I have some food, I have some water and I have some medical supplies so it’s just your basics like Band-Aids and things of that nature and they’re there and I can assure you everyone in my household knows where they are.”
Chevers: “Make sure that you have important documents in that box, you know, because when a flood takes place you don’t want to be trying to get those things together you want to already have them in a secure place.”
Paris: “In my Ready kit, I’ve got a lot of stuff, but the most important to me is peanut butter and jelly and sorghum syrup. That’s what I was raised on as a kid, and that’s what I can live on again if I have to.”
Chevers: “For a list of what can be in your Ready kit, visit ready.ga.gov.”