Emergency Management officials getting ready for National Hurricane Preparedness Week

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - Emergency Management Officials are gearing up for Hurricane Preparedness Week, which begins May 25th and ends May 31st.

Officials said typically people think of coastal areas being affected, but Augusta could easily see runoff from a hurricane or a tropical storm.

"The scenario for us is going to be heavy rains, primarily when those hurricanes downgrade into tropical storms," Columbia County Emergency Management Director Pam Tucker said.

Tucker said Augusta has had two presidential declarations of disaster in 1990 and again in 2001 from Hurricane Allison.

She recommends everyone always have a plan, especially those who live in low lying areas.

"Through the years when we've had these storms, people who live in those areas will go ahead and move cars to higher ground," Tucker said, "They will also move furniture to the second floor."

She recommends having a three day supply of non-perishable food for each person of the family, a first aid kit and plenty of water.

For more information, head to http://www.columbiacountyga.gov/index.aspx?page=2428.