Hurricane Irma Preparedness
Governor Nathan Deal declared a state of an emergency for parts of South East Georgia ahead of Hurricane Irma. Now is the time to ensure you, your family, and your friends and neighbors are prepared.
To be better prepared for a storm, you should consider:
Updating your disaster kit. Make sure to have a three-day supply of non-perishable food and bottled water, a battery-operated radio, a flashlight, extra batteries, cash, medicines, a first aid kit, pet foods, and important family documents.
Knowing your evacuation routes and prepare options for overnight lodging. Storm surge can sometimes cut off evacuation routes, so do not delay leaving if an evacuation is ordered for your area. If you encounter floodwaters, remember – turn around, don’t drown.
Develop an emergency communication plan, which includes the telephone number of a family member or friend outside the area—a point of contact—in the event of separation when a storm hits.
Downloading the FEMA mobile app for a customizable checklist of emergency supplies, maps of open shelters and recovery centers, disaster survival tips, and weather alerts from the National Weather Service. The app also enables users to receive push notifications reminding them to take important steps to prepare their homes and families for disasters.
History shows that storm tracks can change quickly and unexpectedly. Residents and visitors in Coastal and South Georgia should continue to monitor local radio and TV stations for updated emergency information, and follow the instructions of state and local officials. Visit www.ready.gov or http://ready.ga.gov/ for more severe weather and hurricane preparedness information and resources.
As we continue to monitor this potentially dangerous storm system, my office will regularly post updates on social media. Visit https://www.facebook.com/CongressmanBuddyCarter/ or https://twitter.com/repbuddycarter for more information.