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      EMA gives severe weather preparedness tips

      With the potential for severe weather coming this way, there are some things to keep in mind to stay safe.

      With the potential for severe weather coming this way, there are some things to keep in mind to stay safe.

      Local emergency management officials are asking everyone to be prepared. Albany-Dougherty Deputy EMA Director Jim Vaught says the soil is wet and with all the rain expected, this could cause trees to fall.

      Vaught says it's good to walk around your property and look for trees that may be hanging over power lines and try to get those trimmed.

      "One of the things we really encourage people to do is to sign up for our Code Red program and to buy a national weather radio," Vaught said. "The NOAA weather radio so that you can notification even if you're sound asleep that will wake you up and give you information that lets you know about severe weather headed our way."

      Vaught says when it comes to flooding, if you see a puddle, don't try to drive through it and to live by the saying "turn around, don't drown."

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