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... Big Creek Near Alpharetta Affecting Forsyth And Fulton Counties Sweetwater Creek Near Austell Affecting Cobb And Douglas Counties Oconee River Near Penfield Affecting Clarke...greene And Oconee Counties ...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2019 at 11:02pmExpires: February 23, 2019 at 1:01pmTarget Area: Cherokee

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Big Creek Near Alpharetta Affecting Forsyth And Fulton Counties Sweetwater Creek Near Austell Affecting Cobb And Douglas Counties Oconee River Near Penfield Affecting Clarke...greene And Oconee Counties ...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2019 at 11:02pmExpires: February 23, 2019 at 2:00pmTarget Area: Cobb; Douglas

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Big Creek Near Alpharetta Affecting Forsyth And Fulton Counties Sweetwater Creek Near Austell Affecting Cobb And Douglas Counties Oconee River Near Penfield Affecting Clarke...greene And Oconee Counties ...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2019 at 11:02pmExpires: February 24, 2019 at 2:30amTarget Area: Forsyth; Fulton

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Big Creek Near Alpharetta Affecting Forsyth And Fulton Counties Sweetwater Creek Near Austell Affecting Cobb And Douglas Counties Oconee River Near Penfield Affecting Clarke...greene And Oconee Counties ...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2019 at 11:02pmExpires: February 24, 2019 at 4:20amTarget Area: Clarke; Greene; Oconee

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Oostanaula River Near Resaca Affecting Floyd And Gordon Counties Oostanaula River Near Rome Us Hwy. 27 Affecting Floyd County ...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Oostanaula River Near Calhoun Affecting Gordon County Oothkalooga Creek Near Calhoun Affecting Gordon County ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2019 at 10:50pmExpires: February 23, 2019 at 12:49pmTarget Area: Floyd

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Oostanaula River Near Resaca Affecting Floyd And Gordon Counties Oostanaula River Near Rome Us Hwy. 27 Affecting Floyd County ...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Oostanaula River Near Calhoun Affecting Gordon County Oothkalooga Creek Near Calhoun Affecting Gordon County ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2019 at 10:50pmExpires: February 23, 2019 at 12:49pmTarget Area: Floyd

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Oostanaula River Near Resaca Affecting Floyd And Gordon Counties Oostanaula River Near Rome Us Hwy. 27 Affecting Floyd County ...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Oostanaula River Near Calhoun Affecting Gordon County Oothkalooga Creek Near Calhoun Affecting Gordon County ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2019 at 10:50pmExpires: February 23, 2019 at 12:49pmTarget Area: Floyd

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Oostanaula River Near Resaca Affecting Floyd And Gordon Counties Oostanaula River Near Rome Us Hwy. 27 Affecting Floyd County ...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Oostanaula River Near Calhoun Affecting Gordon County Oothkalooga Creek Near Calhoun Affecting Gordon County ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2019 at 10:50pmExpires: February 23, 2019 at 12:49pmTarget Area: Floyd

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Oostanaula River Near Resaca Affecting Floyd And Gordon Counties Oostanaula River Near Rome Us Hwy. 27 Affecting Floyd County ...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Oostanaula River Near Calhoun Affecting Gordon County Oothkalooga Creek Near Calhoun Affecting Gordon County ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2019 at 10:50pmExpires: February 23, 2019 at 12:49pmTarget Area: Gordon

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Oostanaula River Near Resaca Affecting Floyd And Gordon Counties Oostanaula River Near Rome Us Hwy. 27 Affecting Floyd County ...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Oostanaula River Near Calhoun Affecting Gordon County Oothkalooga Creek Near Calhoun Affecting Gordon County ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2019 at 10:50pmExpires: February 23, 2019 at 12:49pmTarget Area: Gordon

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Oostanaula River Near Resaca Affecting Floyd And Gordon Counties Oostanaula River Near Rome Us Hwy. 27 Affecting Floyd County ...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Oostanaula River Near Calhoun Affecting Gordon County Oothkalooga Creek Near Calhoun Affecting Gordon County ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2019 at 10:50pmExpires: February 24, 2019 at 4:49pmTarget Area: Floyd

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Oostanaula River Near Resaca Affecting Floyd And Gordon Counties Oostanaula River Near Rome Us Hwy. 27 Affecting Floyd County ...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Oostanaula River Near Calhoun Affecting Gordon County Oothkalooga Creek Near Calhoun Affecting Gordon County ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2019 at 10:50pmExpires: February 27, 2019 at 9:00amTarget Area: Floyd; Gordon

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Chattooga River Near Summerville Affecting Chattooga County ...flood Warning Extended Until Saturday Afternoon...the Flood Warning Continues For The Chattooga River Near Summerville. * Until Saturday Afternoon. ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2019 at 10:43pmExpires: February 23, 2019 at 4:45pmTarget Area: Chattooga

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Conasauga River Near Eton Affecting Murray And Whitfield Counties Conasauga River Near Tilton Affecting Gordon...murray And Whitfield Counties ...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Coahulla Creek Near Keiths Mill Near Dalton Affecting Whitfield ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2019 at 10:41pmExpires: February 23, 2019 at 12:38pmTarget Area: Gordon; Murray; Whitfield

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Conasauga River Near Eton Affecting Murray And Whitfield Counties Conasauga River Near Tilton Affecting Gordon...murray And Whitfield Counties ...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Coahulla Creek Near Keiths Mill Near Dalton Affecting Whitfield ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2019 at 10:41pmExpires: February 23, 2019 at 12:38pmTarget Area: Whitfield

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Conasauga River Near Eton Affecting Murray And Whitfield Counties Conasauga River Near Tilton Affecting Gordon...murray And Whitfield Counties ...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Coahulla Creek Near Keiths Mill Near Dalton Affecting Whitfield ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2019 at 10:41pmExpires: February 25, 2019 at 12:37amTarget Area: Murray; Whitfield

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Conasauga River Near Eton Affecting Murray And Whitfield Counties Conasauga River Near Tilton Affecting Gordon...murray And Whitfield Counties ...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Coahulla Creek Near Keiths Mill Near Dalton Affecting Whitfield ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2019 at 10:41pmExpires: February 26, 2019 at 5:17amTarget Area: Gordon; Murray; Whitfield

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Lookout Creek Near New England Affecting Dade And Hamilton Counties ...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... South Chickamauga Creek Near Ringgold Affecting Catoosa County West Chickamauga Creek Near Fort Oglethorpe Affecting Catoosa And ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2019 at 10:28pmExpires: February 23, 2019 at 10:13amTarget Area: Dade

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Lookout Creek Near New England Affecting Dade And Hamilton Counties ...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... South Chickamauga Creek Near Ringgold Affecting Catoosa County West Chickamauga Creek Near Fort Oglethorpe Affecting Catoosa And ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2019 at 10:28pmExpires: February 23, 2019 at 12:28pmTarget Area: Catoosa

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Lookout Creek Near New England Affecting Dade And Hamilton Counties ...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... South Chickamauga Creek Near Ringgold Affecting Catoosa County West Chickamauga Creek Near Fort Oglethorpe Affecting Catoosa And ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2019 at 10:28pmExpires: February 24, 2019 at 4:00pmTarget Area: Catoosa

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Is Extended For The Following Rivers ... South Chickamauga Creek Near Chickamauga Tn Affecting Catoosa And Hamilton Counties Clinch River Near Speers Ferry Va Affecting Grainger...hancock And Scott Counties French Broad River Near Newport Tn Affecting Cocke And Jefferson ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2019 at 9:13pmExpires: February 24, 2019 at 1:00amTarget Area: Catoosa

Waycross Ware Co. GA
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