Macon-Bibb Emergency Management met with the National Weather Service to figure out how to prepare from weather from Hurricane Hermine. Spencer Hawkins, the Macon-Bibb Emergency Director, says since the hurricane keeps moving its track, all they can do is continually track the storm and prepare the county the best they can.
“We just need to be ready. We need to watch and wait and see what happens,” says Hawkins. He says they are preparing the county for severe weather.
“Make a game plan as far as what does staffing look like, and what do we need to do to make sure we are responding effectively to the storm,” says Hawkins. According to Hawkins, this game plan includes making sure all county departments and community partners have plenty of staff.
“If you have staff that lives further south of us that may be impacted, your staff may not be able to be in, so you have to look at staff augmentation,” says Hawkins.
He says several Bibb County departments, like public works and emergency management, will work out of the Emergency Operating Center. He says having everyone under one roof will help the county respond if there is significant impact.
“We will continue to push information out on what people should do based on the storm,” says Hawkins. He says they want to make sure the needs of people are met.
“We’re going to work with our business community to make sure that those areas where people normally buy food and water are ready and can open and supply those people that do need that,” says Hawkins.
Based on Thursday afternoon’s forecast, Hawkins says there are no plans to open emergency shelters.
Mary Grace Shaw, 13WMAZ