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.
Forecasters expect an arctic blast of cold air to send temperatures into the teens and twenties in north Georgia overnight Tuesday into Wednesday. And a freeze watch is posted in an area of south Georgia that includes Albany, Tifton, Fitzgerald, Moultrie, Bainbridge and Valdosta. Laura Stafford, with the Georgia Salvation Army, says they are prepared to open more room at shelters across the state. But they expect the greatest demand will be in north Georgia.
A conference on school safety is set this week at the University of Georgia's Tifton Campus. U.S. Attorney Michael J. Moore is teaming up with Georgia Emergency Management Agency and Georgia Department of Education officials to present the third annual Safety in Our Schools conference.
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.
Hurricane Irene victims will be getting money promised to areas ravaged by tornadoes this Spring, including Georgia. The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s disaster relief fund is running low so the agency is diverting the money to address immediate needs on the East coast.