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Hurricane Florence Information  from The Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency .

The Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency is actively monitoring Hurricane Florence and is coordinating with our federal, state, local, public and private sector partners to ensure we are ready to respond.

Out-of-state Evacuees

  • Georgia State Parks, including campsites and cottages, are open to evacuees. Georgia State Parks will not be turning away any visitors seeking assistance. 

o   All cabins will be allowed to accommodate domestic pets. Pet fees will be waived during this weather event. 

o   Parks that currently have overnight equestrian facilities will allow visitors traveling with horses to use portable corrals and high lines (with tree saver straps).  AH Stephens State Park will utilize the event field as an overflow for their equestrian campground.

o   For information about parks, updates and how to rent facilities please go to https://gastateparks.org/alerts.

  • The Atlanta Motor Speedway camping facilities are open for evacuees seeking refuge from Hurricane Florence. Campgrounds utilized will be Legends for dry camping and Premium (main entrance road) for hook-ups.

o   More information can be found at http://www.atlantamotorspeedway.com/media/news/ams-opening-camping-facilities-hurricane-florence-evacuees.html.

  • Georgia Department of Agriculture has temporarily suspended interstate movement requirements for animals evacuating from Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Visit the Ga. Department of Agriculture website​ for more information. 
  • We are monitoring fuel supplies across the state, and there are no fuel shortages reported at this time.

Additional Sources of Info

 

There are currently no evacuation orders or declared states of emergency for Georgia.

Regardless of the forecast, there are steps you can take to ensure you and those you care for are ready for a weather emergency. Make a communications plan, build a Ready Kit and take steps to stay informed on all local alerts. For more details on how to be prepared, visit the Ready Georgia website to begin your planning now. 

GEMA/HS will provide additional information and updates regarding Hurricane Florence via this website, and our social media.

Are You Ready?

While more named storms and hurricanes increase the odds, there is no strong correlation between the total number of storms or hurricanes and U.S. landfalls in any given season. Awareness and preparedness are important for all Georgians, so know your risk, make an emergency plan and stay aware.

Links for additional information

Go to Ready Georgia for more information on how to prepare for tropical cyclones.
Review the GEMHSA Hurricane Plan.
Review the Georgia Department of Transportation Hurricane Safety Brochure for evacuation information.
Download the Georgia Hurricane Guide.

 

Mapping and GIS

The Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency’s Geospatial Information Systems Section maintains the agency’s web-based GIS information platforms. Additionally, GIS provides spatial analyses, develops cartographical information, creates GIS applications and tools, and oversees the GIS information and data management activities to support the mission of the agency. The GIS program is responsible for enablng and collaboration through the use of geospatial data in order to protect Georgia and its citizens from the impacts of natural and manmade hazards.

The goal of the GIS section is to use GIS data to enhance decision support, improve process efficiencies and expand citizen communication throughout the state and our region.

Local Emergency Planning Committees

Local Emergency Planning Committees are community-based organizations created by the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986 (EPCRA) to increase hazardous materials (hazmat) preparedness and response. They provide support to local communities by:

  • Receiving and processing chemical inventory reports from local industry (also known as Tier II, RMP, and TRI)
  • Receiving and processing reports of chemical releases
  • Responding to public requests for information on chemical inventory or releases
  • Providing planning support for emergency responders and industry members
  • Coordinating and hosting training
  • Increasing community awareness concerning issues like: chemical facilities in your area, how to shelter-in-place, when to evacuate, and who to call when you have questions.

There are a few basic requirements for an LEPC that are outlined in EPCRA, such as the ability to receive reports from industry partners, membership, creating or assisting in a hazmat emergency response plan, and annual public notice. Click here for the Georgia requirements for LEPCs.​ Aside from these details, LEPCs vary can be unique in their scope and activities. The State of Georgia has one planning district designated statewide. There are many counties that have taken on LEPC duties at the county level. Click here for a list of LEPCs in Georgia.

 

For Industry:

The State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) encourages the use of E-Plan for industry filing of chemical inventory reports. Filing on E-Plan fulfills Federal and Georgia SERC requirements. For local requirements, please check in with the fire department, LEPC, and/or Emergency Manager for the county. 
E-Plan’s Online Tier II Reporting System​

 For First Responders and approved LEPC Members:

Registering on E-Plan will allow you to access chemical inventory reports for facilities in your community. E-Plan provides mapping, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs), emergency contact information for facilities. You can search by chemical or by facility name. To gain access to E-Plan, you must be a First Responder or an approved LEPC member. When registering, you will be asked to identify an authorizing authority. The person that you identify will run a check and verify whether or not you meet the criteria to gain access to E-Plan. 
E-Plan for First Responders​

Contact Information:

For questions about Georgia LEPCs and the HMEP grant, please contact: 
Louis Ritter
HMEP/LEPC Coordinator, GEMA/HS
1000 Indian Springs Drive 
Forsyth, GA 31029
Phone: 470-225-3829 
louis.ritter@gema.ga.gov

For questions about Tier II and TRI reporting in Georgia, please contact: 
Jerry R. Campbell 
Emergency Response Manager, Georgia Environmental Protection Division 
Post Office Box 3250 
Cartersville, GA 30120 
Phone: 770-387-4900 
jerry.campbell@dhr.state.ga.us

For questions about Risk Management Plans in Georgia, please contact: 
Christina Jagonase 
Environmental Compliance Specialist, Risk Mgmt Program, Georgia Environmental Protection Division 
Phone: 404-363-7101 
christina.jagonase@dnr.state.ga.us

For questions about federal involvement in hazardous materials reporting in Georgia: 
Mailing Address: 
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 
Region 4 
Air, Pesticides and Toxics Management Division 
61 Forsyth ST 
Atlanta, GA 30303

Robert Bookman 
EPCRA Program Manager, Environmental Protection Agency 
Environmental Engineer 
Phone: (404) 562-9169 
bookman.robert@epa.gov​​

Victor Weeks 
Chemical Emergency Preparedness Program Coordinator, Environmental Protection Agency 
Phone: (404) 562-9189 
weeks.victor@epa.gov

Deanne Grant 
Clean Air Act §112(r) Risk Management Program Coordinator and EPCRA Liaison for the State of Georgia, Environmental Protection Agency 
Phone: (404) 562-9291 
grant.deanne@epa.gov​​​​​​​​​ ​​​​

 

Public and Local Government Assistance​

Public and Local Government Assistance is supplemental aid to local, state and select non-profit organizations for the specific purpose of response and recovery in state-mandated or providentially-declared disasters or emergencies.

Who Can Apply:

  • Counties that are included in the Federal Declaration
  • Any city, town, special district, regional authority, village or borough included in the declared county
  • State government agencies that assisted in the declared counties
  • Private non-profit organizations that own or operate facilities that provide certain services otherwise performed by a government agency​

Request for Public Assistance (RPA)
Private Non-Profit Questionnaire (PNP)
Please complete both forms and email to PublicAssistance@gema.ga.gov​, or fax to (404) 635-7065.

FEMA Extends Debris Removal Pilot Program Through June 2016

FEMA’s Public Assistance Alternative Procedures (PAAP) Pilot Program for Debris Removal is extending the performance period of the PAAP Pilot Program for Debris Removal (Pilot), authorized by the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act of 2013 (P.L. 113-2).

The extension will enable FEMA to collect additional data that will be used to evaluate the effectiveness of the alternative procedures and inform decisions as to which alternative procedures should be permanently incorporated into FEMA’s Public Assistance Grant Program.

Participation in the pilot program and use of the alternative procedures for debris removal is voluntary. The pilot is available to any applicant, upon request, for any major disaster or emergency declared on or after June 28, 2013, and until the end of the pilot program period. 

For more information on the extension of this program and the guidelines, see the attached Memo signed by FEMA’s Recovery Assistant Administrator, Alex Amparo authorizing the one-year extension along with Public Assistance Alternative Procedures Pilot Program Guide for Debris Removal (Version 3).

 

Individual Assistance

Following a large scale event, normally affecting multiple counties, the President may make a Federal Declaration of Major Disaster. Should a declaration providing for Individual Assistance be made, the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Individuals and Households Program may provide up to $32,400 (amount updated annually on 1 Oct.) of assistance to qualified households. The Individuals and Households Program has two components: Housing Assistance, which provides for repairs to damaged homes, and Other Needs Assistance, which provides for replacement of essential goods and services such as vehicles, essential appliances, and child care.

Following a Presidential Declaration of Major Disaster, instructions for FEMA registration will be distributed via news release through traditional and social media. Additionally, in counties which are included in a Major Declaration for Individual Assistance, FEMA and the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency may establish Joint Disaster Recovery Centers – mobile or fixed locations where affected individuals can register for Federal Assistance and receive other vital services from federal, state and local agencies and organizations such as the Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Public Health and the Department of Human Services and assistance with insurance claims. While there is no set threshold for recommending assistance to individuals, FEMA suggests a minimum of 582 uninsured homes either severely damaged and/or destroyed.

Visit DisasterAssistance.gov and FEMA Individual Assistance for more information. 

 

 

 

Citizen Corps

The Citizen Corps effort is coordinated at the local government level by a Citizen Corps Council, or a similar coordinating body, which brings together leaders from the relevant sectors of the community. The purpose of the council is to enable all decision makers to be at the table to manage existing volunteer resources and to direct the overall Citizen Corps initiatives in their community.

While the Citizen Corps consists of several programs at the national level, the focus in Georgia is upon Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) and the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC). If you are looking for the closest Citizen Corps program near where you live or work, please follow this link to locate your local Citizen Corps programs or to learn more about the national Citizen Corps initiative: http://www.ready.gov/citizen-corps

The mission of Citizen Corps is to harness the power of every individual through education, training, and volunteer service to make communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to the threats of terrorism, crime, public health issues and disasters of all kinds.

Grant Information

Citizen Corps funding is used to support CERT and MRC. The grant provides funding assistance to state efforts in engaging citizens in all-hazards prevention, protection, response and recovery. The grant will be administered by GEMA/HS, which services as the State Administrative Agency. The Citizen Corps program is part of the State Homeland Security Grant Program.

Train the Trainer

For more information on Citizen Corps, contact:

Lee Brown
Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency
Citizen Corps Program Coordinator

Phone: (404) 635-7013

 

Donations and Volunteers

In a disaster we need your help!

However, large amounts of volunteers and donations converging on one place can be difficult to organize. To assist with this process, we have created a Disaster Volunteer Coordination Manual for local levels to use in order to coordinate volunteers efficiently as well as set up, activate and demobilize a Volunteer Reception Center. The manual, as well as a training guide, can be located on this page.

Here are some ways you can help in a disaster:

Volunteer

Affiliate

  • Join existing non-profit organizations before arriving in the disaster area. Immediately following a disaster, a community can become easily overwhelmed by the number of generous people who want to help. Affiliating with an established organization will help to ensure you are appropriately trained to respond in the most effective way.
  • Georgia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster is an organization whose mission is to foster communication, cooperation, coordination and collaboration among all volunteer organizations. If your organization is not part of Georgia VOAD, consider joining. This will help the response of the disaster be more efficient and will reduce duplication of efforts and services.

Be Safe

  • Do not self-deploy until a need is identified and the local community impacted requests support.
  • Wait until it is safe to travel to the community affected and for volunteer service opportunities to be identified. 
  • Arrive self-sufficient with food, shelter, personal hygiene, medical needs and reliable transportation with gas for the return trip, if possible.
  • Understand that volunteers are not covered by any extra insurance from federal, state or local government or the insurance from the homeowner being helped.
  • Consider joining a Community Emergency Response Team to prepare personal household and neighborhood for emergencies

Be Patient and Flexible

  • Recovery lasts longer than media attention. There will be volunteer needs for many months after a disaster from cleaning up debris and tarping roofs to rebuilding homes and lives. Volunteers may be asked to step into a variety of roles depending on needs.

Donations

Monetary Donations

  • Monetary donations are the most effective method of donating. It offers voluntary agencies the most flexibility in obtaining the needed resources and delivers money into the local economy, helping business recover.                      
  • Unsolicited donated goods, such as used clothing, household items, and mixed or perishable food, may not be needed. Receiving agencies often have to sort, package, transport, warehouse, or redistribute items that can’t be used, redirecting valuable resources away from meeting the needs of disaster survivors.
  • Donate through a trusted organization. Financial contributions to a recognized disaster relief organization are the most effective donation to make.

In-Kind Donations

  • Critical items needed to support disaster survivors change rapidly. Some items needed immediately after disasters are not needed several weeks later. When organizing a disaster relief supplies collection, please consider the following:
  • Arrange transportation and verify the place to bring donations. Do not assume that unsolicited relief supplies will be transported at no charge. Best practice is to build relationships with a reliable source of transportation before a disaster.
  • Call to obtain a list of items needed BEFORE collecting. Items that are needed immediately after a disaster are not needed several weeks later.
  • Ensure donated items are packed well and clearly labeled. Specific content lists should be taped to the outside of each box. Clothing, if requested, should be new and sorted by gender, size and season.

 

Flood

Association of State Floodplain Managers
Association of State Floodplain Managers

Georgia Stream Gauge Data
This link provides details for each stream gauge in Georgia. This includes current conditions, historical crests, flood stage levels and description of impacts.

NWS Flood Forecast Inundation Mapping
NWS Flood Forecast Inundation Mapping

Silver Jackets Program
Silver Jackets Program

Storm Surge Inundation (SLOSH Maximum of Maximums)
NOAA’s National Hurricane Center (NHC) National Map of Storm Surge Risk

USGS Flood Inundation Mapper
USGS Flood Inundation Mapper

Georgia

Disaster Resilient Building Construction Appendices
Disaster Resilient Building Construction Appendices

Georgia Flood M.A.P.
Georgia Flood Mapping Assessment and Planning. All current DFIRM maps are available for viewing on this webpage.

Georgia Quick Facts 
United States Census Bureau: Georgia Quick Facts

Georgia Silver Jackets Program
Georgia Silver Jackets Program

 

Federal Agencies

U.S. Department of Commerce – Census Bureau
United States Census Bureau – American Fact Finder

United States Geological Survey
South Atlantic Water Science Center – Georgia

US Army Corps of Engineers
Headquarters: US Army Corps of Engineers

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