Local officials ready to take in evacuees

Local officials prepare for Irma

When hurricanes threaten the South, eyes start to turn to the north.

For evacuation, that is. 

Concerns are heightening for the impact on Florida, and local officials say they've dealt with this influx of people once, and are ready to do it again.

"Different posts around the state will scale down their local man power and send troops to the effected areas, as in hurricane Matthew we had troops from around the state that responded to that area to assist with the contraflow, with the evacuation of local residents," Forsyth post commander Sergeant Bloodworth said.

Bloodworth says it's important to give yourself plenty of time to travel, and stay patient when on the roads.

Emergency Management officials are also ready to take action.

E-M-A Director of Macon-Bibb, Spencer Hawkins says in times of need, Macon truly lives up to its heart of Georgia reputation. 

"We got kind of a trial by fire last year with hurricane Matthew when we had several hundred people from savannah, South Carolina and Florida show up here, and I wanna say we successfully managed multiple shelters during about a 10 Day time period."

Shelters will provide sanctuary for those who may need to find safety in central Georgia.

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