State emergency officers are receiving the latest update from the National Weather Service on Hurrex Jerry.
State emergency officers are receiving the latest update from the National Weather Service on Hurrex Jerry. It's a simulation model of a hurricane less than 24 hours away from making landfall on the Georgia coast.
"What we are getting are real-time meteorological information that's coming in from the National Weather Service, in this particular case out of Jacksonville," said Matthew Perry, Monroe County EMA Director. "They are creating the models, they are creating the pictures, the radar images, everything that we normally see and use to make decisions with."
Its one of many pieces in the state wide exercise that test procedures and policies for a hurricane landfall on the east coast of Georgia.
"We're 150 miles from the coast of Georgia, Katrina was 500 miles wide. We're going to see Category 1 winds easily here in central Georgia," said Perry.
The training focuses on the evacuation process and the delivery of necessary resources. Each departments is connected through a state purchased Internet software called WebEOC.
"Everything from actually setting up points of distribution to distribute things such as bottled water and ice to moving the money. How are we going to pay for this? Well all of this has to be tested," said Perry.
The Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and 9/11 prompt the National Government to look for more efficient ways to manage disasters. This training is to bring some order to a potentially chaotic situation.
"Use this hurricane for example, this is not just a Georgia problem," said Perry. "Let's say this hurricane is going to hit Savannah. This is a South Carolina problem, it's a Florida problem. We're going to be receiving people from those states as well and we got to be able to work with them on under a common structure."
And bring a sense of normalcy as soon as possible.
"We have to be able to get people back in their homes and restore basic necessities, power, water, roads," said Perry. "If there is no road signs left, how can somebody from Dalton go to Savannah, who may have never been to Savannah, know where Martin Luther King Boulevard is because there's no street signs, things like that. When those things are missing, people have a hard time functioning. So we want to be able to restore those basic necessities."