The Camden County Board of Commissioners announced at its Tuesday meeting they received $4,672 from the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA). The grant will assist in purchasing and installing six weather stations.

“We are working with our local communities to give them the latest communication tools that are labor and time savers allowing them to focus on being ready to respond to a severe weather event,” said state GEMA/HS Director Homer Bryson.

The weather stations will be placed at fire stations across the county, providing location-specific information, including wind speed. Once installed, data from the weather stations will be available online.

“We are appreciative of this continued investment by both GEMA and FEMA,” said Camden County EMA Director Chuck White. “The new weather stations are instrumental in allowing us to assess current conditions during tropical weather.”

The weather stations will help give real-time data on weather conditions and inform the emergency management team to make decisions such as re-entry into the county associated with hurricane evacuations. During Hurricane Irma, the county had to rely on Jacksonville weather data instead of local Camden County data when making decisions for re-entry from evacuations.

Picture credit – Camden Co. Government.
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Jeremy Spencer
Jeremy Spencer grew up in rural South Georgia and has served as a healthcare provider, high school science teacher, school administrator, and state education official. Jeremy is currently the market and content manager for All on Georgia-Camden and Glynn Counties. Jeremy’s focus is local news, statewide education issues, and statewide political commentary for the All on Georgia News Network. Jeremy has served as an education policy analyst for local legislators and state education leaders as well as a campaign strategist for local and statewide political campaigns. Jeremy holds degrees in science and education from the University of Georgia, Piedmont College, and Valdosta State University. Jeremy has lived in Camden County for over 17 years.

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