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David J. Phillip / Associated Press

Twelve years ago, Atlanta became an unexpected home to thousands of people from Louisiana and Mississippi, who’d been displaced by Hurricane Katrina. Atlanta city officials now say they’re getting temporary shelters ready, in case some people who’ve lost their homes in tropical storm Harvey head for this region.

A Georgia disaster training facility which includes a mock city and subway will host emergency workers from New York City's fire department and other agencies in an event aimed at responding to a major earthquake.

The Guardian Centers said in a statement the New York City Fire Department's All Hazard Incident Management Team is among agencies expected to attend the training Sept. 30-Oct. 2 in Perry, Georgia.

A tornado forms over a house near Pilger, Neb., Monday, June 16, 2014.
Mark 'Storm' Farnik / Associated Press

A decade ago, Hurricane Katrina struck nearly 500 miles from Atlanta. Even that far away, the storm still caused 18 tornadoes across the state.

Georgia Emergency Management Agency spokeswoman Lisa Janak says tornados are only one danger a hurricane poses to the metro area. 

“It can bring high winds that can knock down trees and power lines. It can have a tropical storm that can hover over an area, drop a lot of rain [and] cause severe flooding,” she says. 

That's why Janak says even metro Atlanta residents should have a disaster readiness plan.