It’s cliche to say, but it’s always better to prepare for the worst and hope for the best.

When it comes to emergency preparedness, few places do it better than Lowndes County.

The work of our EMA, first responders and utility staff in preparing for what could have been has been nothing short of impressive.

While south-central Georgia escaped the wrath of Hurricane Ian, the preparation, staging, and public message were all well coordinated, and that’s just what we’ve grown accustomed to here in Lowndes County.

From emergency responders, public utility workers, law enforcement, first responders, firefighters and leaders at the highest levels of county and city government, we should all feel a little safer through the coordinated effort every time we face severe weather.

Emergency Management staff coordinate efforts and work tirelessly to ensure the right resources are positioned in the right places as efficiently as possible should the worst-case scenario occur.

When severe weather strikes, while most of us huddle in our homes or workplaces and stay safe, essential personnel are always out in the rain and wind and sometimes even at risk.

Utilities and public utilities are things we generally take for granted until the lights go out or we don’t have drinking water.

Georgia Power and Colquitt EMC prepared their teams to respond to failures as soon as they can safely do so.

In Ian’s case, they’ve positioned themselves to quickly help our Florida neighbors.

Hopefully Ian wasn’t a dress rehearsal for us this year. The hurricane season lasts until November.

While we would prefer not to experience another named storm anytime soon, we have peace of mind knowing we are being served by well trained professionals who know what to do and how to do it.

And we thank them for everything they do.