High winds could cause power outages, Geneva County EMA director says

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GENEVA, Ala. (WDHN) — The Geneva County Emergency Management Agency has been prepping for Hurricane Sally by talking to different organizations throughout the county.

“We’ve been preparing by talking with all of our law enforcement, all of our EMS persons throughout the county the last couple of days,” Geneva County EMA Director Eric Johnson said. “I’ve been dealing a lot with our superintendents, our city school superintendent and our county school superintendent.”

Johnson said that power outages may be an issue with high winds. With that possibility in mind, Johnson recommended people with home oxygen tanks to have backup just in case.

Sally is expected to initially bring in 5 to 7 inches of rain and possibly go up to 8 to 10 inches as the week goes on, which could lead to the potential threat of flooding of the Choctawhatchee River.

“We are kind of concerned about our people that do have homes along the river,” Johnson said. “They need to make sure that they’re secure. Make sure if you have like boathouses or what not. Along the river, we have a lot of those. The persons need to make sure that you have that taken care of.”

To stay updated on outages and weather throughout the county, Johnson says to go to the Geneva County EMA Facebook page. He strongly recommends keeping all power sources like phone charged.

“Make sure you have your cellphones charged and make sure you have extra batteries for flashlights and what not,” Johnson said. “Most everybody in this point in time has their cellphones so make you have everything charged up if we do have a power outage because it could be for a prolonged period of time.”

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