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ALBANY PRESS CONFERENCE STORM RECOVERY UPDATE:
 
The 2 year boy missing since Sunday has not been found yet (prayers) they drained most of the pond in back of Piney woods but haven't yet found him
 
The city of Albany has received declarations for Individual & public assistance for the Jan 2nd storm and just this afternoon got the declaration for the Jan 22nd storm (individual only)
 
FEMA is on the ground and doing pre-registration
 
The city has moved from the search and rescue to the recovery phase. Get more on our website at WJIZ.COM

 

INFO!! 
 Reach Out WorldWide (www.roww.org) is on the ground in Albany, Georgia with a specialized team to help residents of the area recover from the destruction of the recent tornadoes. ROWW’s team is comprised of professional firefighters, paramedics, search and rescue specialists and equipment operators from across the US that will be working for the next week to help as many people as possible get on the road to recovery. Reach Out WorldWide (ROWW) is a disaster relief nonprofit founded by Paul Walker with the purpose of providing quick and efficient relief to those who need it most in the chaos after a natural disaster. In Georgia, ROWW will be assisting with debris removal, taking down unsafe trees, tarping roofs, and providing other physical assistance to those who have been affected by last weekend’s tornadoes. If you have any questions or are interested in speaking with anyone on the ground in Albany, our team will be there today - Feb 1. Your contact on the ground would be Cody Walker, CEO of Reach Out WorldWide. Thank you for your time and consideration in covering our team.

 

 

 

EMERGENCY STORM UPDATE- As of 01-24-2017 9:15 AM EST

Missing child update

The following is information on the missing child from 3527 Sylvester Road, Lot 8, Albany,

Georgia (Piney Wood Estates). Detrez Green (DOB: 10-28-14) is the missing child, Kevian

Green is father, and Adijah Rainey is the mother. According to the mother, Detrez Green

slipped away from her right as the storm hit, and was last seen walking through the kitchen

area towards the back door of the mobile home. The mother also stated she did not see the

child leaving the home or being swept away. The kitchen area was completely destroyed

due to a large oak tree falling through it. At this time, teams have searched the entire home

including up under the tree that fell through the home. Teams have searched the

surrounding homes, and the field to the west of the property. Due to the dense brush to the

east of the property, teams have resulted to cut paths into the debris field to clear a way for

cadaver and live search dogs into these areas. The cadaver dogs and live search dogs have

been through the mobile home, fields, and the paths with negative results at this time.

Search will continue today at 9:00am.

 GEMA is now on the ground organizing and coordinating all search and rescue

efforts

 All in-kind donations such as water, pre-packaged food and clothing are requested

to be sent to the GEMA Donation Staging Area 107 & 109 Front Street.

 Currently in active search and rescue

 4 confirmed fatalities

 5 confirmed rescues from homes; all were transported to local hospital

 30 confirmed injured; all transported to local hospital

 198 confirmed displaced, currently in local shelters

 There are 3 Georgia Search and Rescue teams working all disaster areas

 200+ people on the ground assisting with search and rescue

 A preliminary search of all known affected structures has been completed.

Secondary technical search in affected areas is has been completed.

 Completed a flyover this afternoon to chart the path of the tornado, will update as

we receive information

 Albany Utilities, Georgia Power and Mitchell EMC all have damage to power

structures and are currently working to repair damage

 Major Industry impacted: Cooper Tire building, P&G warehouse, Marine Corps

Logistics Base, Coats and Clark Distribution Center, Georgia State Patrol Post

DOUGHERTY COUNTY

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY

222 PINE AVENUE POST OFFICE BOX 1827 ALBANY, GEORGIA 31702-1827 (229) 431-2121 FAX (229) 438-3967

 There are a tremendous amount of state resources working jointly on storm

disaster relief efforts, including Law Enforcement, Georgia Department of

Transportation, Georgia Forestry Department and Georgia Search and Rescue

Contact Numbers

o Storm Disaster Reporting

o Emergency Storm Relief and Volunteer Assistance- Call the Emergency

Operations Center at 229-483-6226, 229-483-6227, 229-483-6228

o Missing Persons Reporting- 229-483-6201, 229-483-6203 or 911

Financial Donations- United Way of Southwest Georgia, 229-883-6700 or

www.unitedwayswga.org/help

Social Services

 The American Red Cross has opened a 24 hour emergency shelter at the Albany Civic

Center. People who need disaster relief assistance from the American Red Cross can

call 229-436-4845 or 1-855-891-7325. For those who wish to donate prepackaged in

kind items such as pillows, blankets, food, water the American Red Cross is ready to

receive donations at the Albany Civic Center.

 People who need counseling or prayer can visit the Billy Graham Rapid Response

Team at 925 Pine Ave. or call 704-401-2483.

Communications and Outreach

 The Dougherty County Emergency Management Agency has created Facebook and

Twitter pages to provide important updates, weather alerts, storm preparation tips and

disaster relief resources to inform Dougherty County residents. Both pages can be

accessed @DoCoEMA or by searching Dougherty County Emergency Management

Agency on Facebook and Twitter.

 For 24 hour Storm Relief Assistance, call the EOC center at 229-483-6226, 229-483-6227

or 229-483-6228

Media Contacts

 Sherrell Byrd, 229-669-6506, BAMAgency4U@gmail.com

 Phyllis Banks-Whitley, 229-733-0031, pbanks-whitley@dougherty.ga.us

 

STORY COURTESY OF WALB CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO 

 

 

Missing child update

 


Albany, Ga. – The following is information on the missing child from 3527 Sylvester Road, Lot 8, Albany, Georgia (Piney Wood Estates). Detrez Green (DOB: 10-28-14) is the missing child, Kevian Green is father, and Adijah Rainey is the mother. According to the mother, Detrez Green slipped away from her right as the storm hit, and was last seen walking through the kitchen area towards the back door of the mobile home. The mother also stated she did not see the child leaving the home or being swept away. The kitchen area was completely destroyed due to a large oak tree falling through it. At this time, teams have searched the entire home including up under the tree that fell through the home. Teams have searched the surrounding homes, and the field to the west of the property. Due to the dense brush to the east of the property, teams have resulted to cut paths into the debris field to clear a way for cadaver and live search dogs into these areas. The cadaver dogs and live search dogs have been through the mobile home, fields, and the paths with negative results at this time. Search will continue today at 9:00am.

 

 

All media inquiries should be directed to Sherrell Byrd, (229) 669-6506 or Phyllis Banks-Whitley (229) 733-00

 

It's been over a week since the devastating storm tore through SWGA, and the recovery efforts are continuing.

Governor Nathan Deal extended the State of Emergency in the counties affected by the storm and is expected to tour areas impact by the storm on Tuesday.

First responders are asking people to refrain from putting out their own cones to barricade the roads. EMA officials will deploy them as necessary.

They also ask residents to refrain from putting trash in the debris piles as it makes it more difficult for the city to pick clean them up.

Here's what you need to know a week after the storm:

  • City/Red Cross Shelter
    • Albany Civic Center (125), 100 W. Oglethorpe Blvd., Albany. 229-483-6226
  • Federal Assistance
    • In order for the city and county to qualify for federal assistance, uninsured and underinsured damages must be documented.
    • FEMA officials will be in the area on Wednesday to assess the damage.
    • The community's help is needed to capture the full scope of structural and/or personal property damages in the area. You can complete the online survey to report property damage for commercial and/or residential properties by clicking here or call the Emergency Operations Center for more information at 229-483-6229. (Sheds and automobiles are items excluded from coverage.)
    • City officials say the survey is very important and poses a major impact on whether or not the SWGA area will qualify for funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. If the total uninsured damages reach a threshold of $14 million dollars, then the area may qualify for FEMA funding.

The city is operating a non-emergency help desk at 229-483-6226, 483-6227, and 483-6228.

The Red Cross assistance numbers are 229-891-7325 and 436-4845.

More helpful information about the road closures and power updates can be found here.

Albany city officials have been working hard to get power back up and running in areas around the community.

The most up to date outage map is belo