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Colquitt city leaders attend, present at hurricane conference

Posted: 5:18 PM, May 09, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-09 17:18:28-04
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COLQUITT COUNTY, Ga. — We cannot stress this enough, we are just over three weeks away from the start of the 2019 Hurricane season.

Friday marks seven months since Hurricane Michael, a monster storm that North Florida and South Georgia are still recovering from.

When Hurricane Michael took aim at the coastline, there was a bulls-eye on the city of Colquitt. The lessons learned are important for the future.

The city manager, fire chief and police chief were among the many presenters at a recent hurricane conference in Chatham County, Georgia.

Each of them explained how their small town weathered such a large storm and recommended ways to be prepared for the next hurricane.

"We would probably do more exercises and preparation. We always had it in the back of our mind that that perfect storm could happen, but it kind of came in a quick capacity and with a raging fury," said Cory Thomas, Colquitt City Manager and Deputy EMA Director for Miller County. "I think citizen preparedness is something else that we are looking at."

This was the first time that Colquitt city leaders attended the Chatham Hurricane Conference.

This conference isn't just beneficial for the city leaders, but also the residents in the event of another hurricane. Thomas, of course, is grateful that he was able to network and meet with so many other city leaders across the state.