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SAV/HH Int'l. Airport to serve as staging area for possible future hurricanes

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Chatham County Emergency Management Agency is working on their preparedness in the event of another hurricane hitting our area. 

An agreement was approved Friday at the Chatham County Commission meeting to provide space for emergency crews and equipment if a disaster strikes. The designated area is at the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport. 

When county, city, and state leaders need space for equipment after an event like a hurricane, there is no time to wait. CEMA learned a lot after Hurricane Matthew and wants to make sure all their mutual aid assets are agreed upon and available. During Hurricane Matthew, Georgia Power trucks were housed at the airport, but now, with this formal agreement, lots of additional resources can be brought in by groups like the Georgia Department of Transportation and others. You may be wondering why it's an ideal location. 

"It's on the western edge of the county. It's convenient to I-95 and I-16, so it allows us to bring those assets in that are coming from the west anyway. It gets them into the county and gets them to a particular area where we can handle logistics and also handle task assignments so we can make sure the response effort is coordinated," said CEMA Director, Dennis Jones. 

CEMA says they are monitoring Hurricane Harvey, and we'll be watching very closely the response by emergency officials so they can learn how to better react if we experience a hurricane this year. 

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