Looking to keep up to date with severe weather in Georgia? There’s an updated app for that. Tuesday, Governor Nathan Deal and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency unveiled the updated version of Ready Georgia, the state’s emergency mobile app. Ready Georgia is a statewide campaign designed to help Georgians prepare for emergencies and disasters. Upgrading the campaign’s mobile app was one of the recommendations of the governor’s Severe Weather Taskforce.
Emergency responders have been focusing Thursday on getting abandoned cars off the road. According to the Georgia Emergency Management System (GEMA) drivers left behind more than 2,000 cars during the storm. For Barbara Anderson, the nightmare is almost over. The Georgia National Guard is helping her find her Pontiac after she abandoned it on the side of highway 285. “It was horrible. I still can’t get over the last two days. I couldn’t wait to get out of there,” said Anderson. Anderson says she left her home in Stone Mountain Tuesday afternoon headed to work in Dunwoody, but she never made it.
Gilmer County authorities are accepting donations to help the victims of recent flash floods. Georgia Emergency Management Agency spokeswoman Crystal Paulk-Buchanan said donated goods can be dropped off at Gilmer Fire Station 1 in East Ellijay.
Georgia health and emergency officials are using social media to educate the public about preparing for an emergency. The Georgia Department of Public Health and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency plan to host a Twitter chat about emergency preparedness at 3 p.m. Tuesday.
Georgia Emergency Management Director Charley English typed away Tuesday afternoon as he responded to questions about hurricane preparedness via Twitter. GEMA used the hashtag #AskGEMA to solicit questions from Georgians about evacuation plans and potential dangers for about an hour.
State and federal officials are using these final days before the Atlantic hurricane season begins Saturday to urge Georgians at along the coast and beyond to prepare. NOAA forecasters are predicting an above-average season with 13 to 20 named storms and six major hurricanes.
Georgia might not be deeply affected by a stoppage of FEMA disaster funds -- at least in the short term. The U.S. Senate on Monday was set to vote on a bill that would in part restore money to FEMA's disaster relief fund. Georgia emergency officials say much of the already-approved federal assistance money would not be affected.
In the decade since the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, the federal government has spent nearly a half billion dollars to upgrade the state’s protection. That money has been spent on everything from X-ray and radiation detection machines to new search-and-rescue teams.
Georgia home and business owners still can rely on federal disaster assistance. That's the word from Georgia emergency management officials as FEMA says, it's suspending some disaster payments in the wake of Hurricane Irene. A GEMA spokesman says, the federal agency is delaying payments for a certain types of completed, government-backed disaster repair going back years.