Aerial photography shows long-term visible damage from past storms on Center Street in Cuthbert, Georgia. (Hyosub Shin /
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Warning sirens were installed this summer in southwest Georgia’s Randolph County, so that residents hear the wail before another big storm hits.

This story also appeared in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

But locals keep asking a question that has no good answer.

“They all want to know … where do we go?” said Kenneth Burns, the county’s emergency management agency director and only paid firefighter. “I don’t have any place.”

Mobile homes are common here. Basements and big sturdy buildings aren’t.

Burns is contemplating the least expensive, quickest shelter option he can think of for a rural county with few resources: acquiring surplus metal cargo containers and partially burying them.