Wilcox EMA Director says area very blessed’

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 10, 2006

The Selma Times-Journal

Joyce Williams is tired.

The Wilcox County Emergency Management Director has been working non-stop since Hurricane Dennis hit, and she said she’s feeling it.

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Wilcox, just like every other county in Southwest Alabama, took a wallop when Dennis blew through Sunday.

But like a lot of other county EMA heads, Williams is positive about the experience.

Wilcox County received only minor damage, but Williams said power outages were common.

Because of the blackouts, Williams said the EMA is coordinating water and ice deliveries to area resident through state agencies.

Yesterday, two trucks with enough ice and water for about 5,000 to 6,000 people delivered goods to needy residents.

Representatives for utility providers throughout the area said that most of the power should be on by Tuesday.

Like Dallas County, Williams said Wilcox would be using county workers to do all of the debris cleanup.

Williams ran the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in Wilcox all through Hurricane Dennis. She and a part time assistant are the only two staffers for the EMA in Wilcox.

Williams said it wasn’t that bad.