Hurricane Ready

 

Get Ready for Hurricanes

In September 1999, Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina experienced the largest evacuation effort in American history in the face of Hurricane Floyd. An estimated 3 million people took to the highways to flee Floyd’s wrath, jamming interstates in search of safety and shelter.

As a coastal state, Georgia is particularly at risk for hurricanes. Storms that form in the southern Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico have the potential to affect our state. Every resident should plan what to do in the event of an evacuation.

Prepare for Hurricanes

  • Get a kit of emergency supplies and prepare a portable Ready kit in case you have to evacuate.
  • Familiarize yourself with the terms that are used to identify a hurricane. A hurricane watch means a hurricane is possible in your area. Be prepared to evacuate. A hurricane warning means a hurricane is expected in your area. If local authorities advise you to evacuate, leave immediately.
  • Prepare to secure your property.
  • Cover all of your home’s windows with pre-cut ply wood or hurricane shutters to protect your windows from high winds.
  • Plan to bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and anything else that is not tied down.
  • Keep all trees and shrubs well trimmed.
  • If you have a car, fill the gas tank in case you have to evacuate.

Plan to Evacuate

  • Plan how you will leave and where you will go if you are advised to evacuate.
    • Information on Georgia evacuation routes may be found at Georgia911.org. Download the Georgia Department of Transportation’s Hurricane Season Safety Information brochure and print a copy for your evacuation Ready kit. Use it as a reference for traffic proceedures and information in the event of an evacuation.
  • Identify several places you could go in an emergency: a friend’s home in another town or a motel. For more information about public shelters in your community, contact your local emergency management agency. A list of open shelters can be found on GEMA’s Web site.
  • Be familiar with alternate routes and other means of transportation out of your area.
  • If you are not able to evacuate, stay indoors away from all windows. Take shelter in an interior room with no windows if possible. Be aware that there may be a sudden lull in the storm as the eye of the hurricane moves over. Stay in your shelter until local authorities say it is safe.

Stay Informed

  • Local authorities may not immediately be able to provide information on what is happening and what you should do. However, you should listen to NOAA Weather Radio, watch TV, listen to the radio or check the Internet often for official news and instructions as they become available.
  • Stay out of flood waters, if possible. The water may be contaminated or electrically charged. However, should you find yourself trapped in your vehicle in rising water get out immediately and seek higher ground.
  • Be alert for tornadoes and flooding. If you see a funnel cloud or if local authorities issue a tornado warning take shelter underground or in an interior room away from windows. If waters are rising quickly or local authorities issue a flood or flash flood warning, seek higher ground.
  • Stay away from downed power lines to avoid the risk of electric shock or electrocution.
  • Do not return to your home until local authorities say it is safe. Even after the hurricane and after flood waters recede, roads may be weakened and could collapse. Buildings may be unstable, and drinking water may be contaminated. Use common sense and exercise caution.

Local Weather Alerts

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Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Altamaha River At Baxley Affecting Appling...tattnall...toombs And Wayne Counties Altamaha River At Charlotteville Affecting Jeff Davis...montgomery And Toombs Counties Altamaha River At Everett City Affecting Glynn...mcintosh And ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2020 at 8:50pmExpires: February 23, 2020 at 8:50pmTarget Area: Appling; Tattnall; Toombs; Wayne

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Altamaha River At Baxley Affecting Appling...tattnall...toombs And Wayne Counties Altamaha River At Charlotteville Affecting Jeff Davis...montgomery And Toombs Counties Altamaha River At Everett City Affecting Glynn...mcintosh And ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2020 at 8:50pmExpires: February 23, 2020 at 8:50pmTarget Area: Glynn; McIntosh; Wayne

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Altamaha River At Baxley Affecting Appling...tattnall...toombs And Wayne Counties Altamaha River At Charlotteville Affecting Jeff Davis...montgomery And Toombs Counties Altamaha River At Everett City Affecting Glynn...mcintosh And ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2020 at 8:50pmExpires: February 23, 2020 at 8:50pmTarget Area: Jeff Davis; Montgomery; Toombs

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Altamaha River At Baxley Affecting Appling...tattnall...toombs And Wayne Counties Altamaha River At Charlotteville Affecting Jeff Davis...montgomery And Toombs Counties Altamaha River At Everett City Affecting Glynn...mcintosh And ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2020 at 8:50pmExpires: February 23, 2020 at 8:50pmTarget Area: Long; Wayne

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Oconee River Near Oconee Affecting Johnson...washington And Wilkinson Counties Oconee River Near Dublin Affecting Johnson...laurens...washington And Wilkinson Counties Oconee River Near Mount Vernon Affecting Montgomery...treutlen And ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2020 at 8:45pmExpires: February 23, 2020 at 10:44amTarget Area: Johnson; Laurens; Washington; Wilkinson

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Oconee River Near Oconee Affecting Johnson...washington And Wilkinson Counties Oconee River Near Dublin Affecting Johnson...laurens...washington And Wilkinson Counties Oconee River Near Mount Vernon Affecting Montgomery...treutlen And ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2020 at 8:45pmExpires: February 23, 2020 at 10:44amTarget Area: Johnson; Washington; Wilkinson

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Oconee River Near Oconee Affecting Johnson...washington And Wilkinson Counties Oconee River Near Dublin Affecting Johnson...laurens...washington And Wilkinson Counties Oconee River Near Mount Vernon Affecting Montgomery...treutlen And ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2020 at 8:45pmExpires: February 23, 2020 at 10:44amTarget Area: Montgomery; Treutlen; Wheeler

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Flint River At Bainbridge (us 27) Affecting Decatur County The Flood Warning Continues For The Flint River At Bainbridge (us 27). * From Monday Evening, Or Until The Warning Is Cancelled. * At 7:45 Pm Saturday The Stage Was 23.0 Feet. ...Read More.
Effective: February 24, 2020 at 9:00pmExpires: February 23, 2020 at 8:44pmTarget Area: Decatur

Flood Warning
The Flood Warning Continues For The Ogeechee River Near Eden. * At 8 Pm Saturday The Stage Was 14.9 Feet. * Flood Stage Is 11.0 Feet. * Moderate Flooding Is Occurring. * Forecast, The River Will Continue Rising To Near 15.9 Feet By ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2020 at 8:43pmExpires: February 23, 2020 at 8:43pmTarget Area: Bryan; Bulloch; Chatham; Effingham

Flood Warning
The Flood Warning Continues For The Ogeechee River Near Rocky Ford. * At 8 Pm Saturday The Stage Was 13.9 Feet. * Flood Stage Is 13.0 Feet. * Minor Flooding Is Occurring. * Forecast, The River Will Remain Steady And By Early Sunday ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2020 at 8:43pmExpires: February 23, 2020 at 8:43pmTarget Area: Bulloch; Jenkins; Screven

Flood Warning
The Flood Warning Continues For The Ogeechee River At Midville. * At 8 Pm Saturday The Stage Was 8.1 Feet. * Flood Stage Is 6.0 Feet. * Minor Flooding Is Occurring. * Forecast, The River Will Rise To Near 8.3 Feet By Sunday Morning ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2020 at 8:43pmExpires: February 23, 2020 at 8:43pmTarget Area: Burke; Emanuel; Jenkins

Flood Warning
The Flood Warning Continues For The Savannah River Near Clyo. * At 8 Pm Saturday The Stage Was 18.1 Feet. * Flood Stage Is 11.0 Feet. * Moderate Flooding Is Occurring. * Forecast, The River Will Rise To Near 18.4 Feet By Sunday Morning ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2020 at 8:43pmExpires: February 23, 2020 at 8:43pmTarget Area: Effingham; Screven

Flood Warning
The Flood Warning Continues For The Canoochee River Near Claxton. * At 8 Pm Saturday The Stage Was 14.7 Feet. * Flood Stage Is 11.0 Feet. * Moderate Flooding Is Occurring. * Forecast, The River Will Continue To Fall. ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2020 at 8:43pmExpires: February 23, 2020 at 8:43pmTarget Area: Evans

Flood Warning
The Flood Warning Continues For The Savannah River At Burtons Ferry. * At 8 Pm Saturday The Stage Was 18.5 Feet. * Flood Stage Is 15.0 Feet. * Minor Flooding Is Occurring. * Forecast, The River Will Remain Steady And By Early Sunday ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2020 at 8:43pmExpires: February 23, 2020 at 8:43pmTarget Area: Screven

Flood Warning
The Flood Warning Continues For The Ohoopee River Near Reidsville. * At 8 Pm Saturday The Stage Was 20.7 Feet. * Flood Stage Is 11.0 Feet. * Major Flooding Is Occurring. * Forecast, The River Will Rise To Near 21.7 Feet By Early Monday ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2020 at 8:43pmExpires: February 23, 2020 at 8:43pmTarget Area: Tattnall; Toombs

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Flint River Near Montezuma Affecting Dooly...macon And Sumter Counties Ocmulgee River Near Macon Affecting Bibb...houston...jones... Monroe And Twiggs Counties ...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2020 at 8:37pmExpires: February 23, 2020 at 4:30amTarget Area: Dooly; Macon; Sumter

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Flint River Near Montezuma Affecting Dooly...macon And Sumter Counties Ocmulgee River Near Macon Affecting Bibb...houston...jones... Monroe And Twiggs Counties ...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2020 at 8:37pmExpires: February 23, 2020 at 10:36amTarget Area: Bibb; Houston; Jones; Monroe; Twiggs

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Flint River Near Montezuma Affecting Dooly...macon And Sumter Counties Ocmulgee River Near Macon Affecting Bibb...houston...jones... Monroe And Twiggs Counties ...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2020 at 8:37pmExpires: February 23, 2020 at 10:36amTarget Area: Bleckley; Pulaski

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Flint River Near Montezuma Affecting Dooly...macon And Sumter Counties Ocmulgee River Near Macon Affecting Bibb...houston...jones... Monroe And Twiggs Counties ...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2020 at 8:37pmExpires: February 23, 2020 at 10:36amTarget Area: Dodge; Telfair; Wilcox

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Flint River At Newton (sr 37) Affecting Baker And Mitchell Counties The Flood Warning Continues For The Flint River At Newton (sr 37). * From Monday Evening, Or Until The Warning Is Cancelled. * At 7:45 Pm Saturday The Stage Was 18.6 Feet. ...Read More.
Effective: February 24, 2020 at 11:00pmExpires: February 23, 2020 at 8:34pmTarget Area: Baker; Mitchell

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Flint River At Albany Affecting Dougherty County The Flood Warning Continues For The Flint River At Albany. * From Monday Afternoon, Or Until The Warning Is Cancelled. * At 8:15 Pm Saturday The Stage Was 21.4 Feet. ...Read More.
Effective: February 24, 2020 at 1:00pmExpires: February 25, 2020 at 4:00pmTarget Area: Dougherty

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Kinchafoonee Creek Near 11 E Of Dawson At Pinewood Rd In Lee County Affecting Lee County The Flood Warning Continues For The Kinchafoonee Creek Near 11 E Of Dawson At Pinewood Rd In Lee County. ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2020 at 4:36pmExpires: February 25, 2020 at 10:00pmTarget Area: Lee

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Alabama... Florida...georgia... Chattahoochee River At Columbia L&d Affecting Houston...jackson... Early And Seminole Counties ...flood Warning Extended Until Late Sunday Night...the Flood Warning Continues For ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2020 at 8:30pmExpires: February 24, 2020 at 2:24amTarget Area: Early; Seminole

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Little Ocmulgee River Near Scotland Affecting Telfair And Wheeler Counties Ohoopee River Near Swainsboro Affecting Emanuel And Treutlen Counties The Flood Warning Continues For ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2020 at 7:26pmExpires: February 23, 2020 at 9:25amTarget Area: Telfair; Wheeler

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Coosa River Near Rome Mayos Bar L & D Park Affecting Floyd County Coosa River Near Plant Hammond Affecting Floyd County The Flood Warning Continues For The Coosa River Near Rome Mayos Bar L & D Park. * Until Further Notice. ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2020 at 7:19pmExpires: February 23, 2020 at 9:18amTarget Area: Floyd

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Coosa River Near Rome Mayos Bar L & D Park Affecting Floyd County Coosa River Near Plant Hammond Affecting Floyd County The Flood Warning Continues For The Coosa River Near Plant Hammond. * Until Further Notice. ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2020 at 7:19pmExpires: February 23, 2020 at 9:18amTarget Area: Floyd

Freeze Warning
...freeze Warning Remains In Effect Until 8 Am Est This Morning... * What...sub-freezing Temperatures As Low As 30 Expected. * Where...pierce, Coffee, Jeff Davis, Bacon, Appling, Wayne, Northern Ware And Atkinson Counties. * When...from 3 Am To 8 Am Est Sunday. * Impacts...frost And Freeze Conditions Could Kill Crops And ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2020 at 3:00amExpires: February 23, 2020 at 8:00amTarget Area: Appling; Atkinson; Bacon; Coffee; Jeff Davis; Northern Ware; Pierce; Wayne