Macon-Bibb EMA holds disaster preparation meeting

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The Macon-Bibb County Emergency Management Agency held another disaster preparation meeting today at the Government Center in downtown Macon.

The meetings, held monthly, are designed for departments and first responders to remain informed about potential concerns that could affect public safety.

EMA Director for Macon-Bibb, Spencer Hawkins, believes that the regular gatherings are a critical component for emergency management.

“A key to what we do in emergency management is building relationships and knowing each others’ capabilities,” Hawkins said.

Tornado readiness and the possibility of a Zika virus outbreak were among the topics discussed.

“We’re getting a briefing from Public Health on the Zika virus, on what’s going on there,” Hawkins stated. “Plus, we’re going to be talking about tornado preparedness and a sheltered place drill that’s coming for the community at the end of the month.”

The commander of the 116th Air Control Wing, Col. Mark Weber, was also on hand to talk of the importance of his team, as well as the Georgia Air National Guard, when it comes to providing support for a community if a potential disaster strikes.

“We have about 14,000 members in the Georgia National Guard,” Col. Weber said. “In an emergency response, it’s about coming into the community and providing you the additional resources you need.”

Other topics that will be covered in upcoming meetings throughout 2016 will include flooding, lightning, hurricanes, terrorism, and even possible contingencies involving cyber security.