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Advice to Stay Safe in Storms

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WJBF Newschannel 6 continues our Team 6 coverage of our stormy season.  It seems the rain will never stop.  Sounds like a great time to check out some storm safety advice.  Here's an update from Columbia County Emergency and Operations Division Director Pam Tucker:

  1. Consider purchasing flood insurance if you don't have any.  I've heard a lot of people say over the course of the past few days that they are not on the FEMA Flood Maps – so they didn't think that they needed flood insurance.  Please consider this:  Given enough rainfall, anywhere can flood and anyone can buy flood insurance, whether you are on the FEMA maps or not!  Preferred policies can be purchased at a very reasonable cost.  It takes 30 days for a flood insurance policy to go into effect, so please look into it for the future. This is especially important if you ever had flooding or the threat of flooding. Attached is the Columbia County "Flood Facts" brochure with additional information that may be of interest to you.      
  2. Please help eliminate all mosquito breeding sources of standing water around your home every day.  Remember that anything that can hold water for more than a few days can produce mosquitoes.  Remove the water source – and you remove the breeding source.  For more information on the Columbia County Mosquito Prevention Program, open this link:  Keeping Mosquitoes Away From Your Home

Please make sure your family is prepared for emergencies:

  • Create a Ready kit of emergency supplies and essential documents and keep it in a waterproof container. Include items for elderly or disabled family members and pets.
  • If you want to store your own water, please Download the Food and Water Storage Tips (PDF)
  • Pre-made kits can be purchased if you don't have time to make your own.  Just do an online search for disaster supply kits.
  • Purchase a NOAA Alert Radio for your home to receive all watches and warnings immediately when they are issued by the National Weather Service.
  • Sign up to receive Columbia County Emergency Notifications on this link:  Columbia County Emergency Notification System Registration!
  • Be sure your gas tank is kept at least half full if our area is identified in the "cone" of possible tropical weather impact. 
  • Be prepared to bring in all outdoor possessions that are not tied down, secure windows with pre-cut ply wood or hurricane shutters, keep all trees and shrubs well trimmed, and move irreplaceable family photos and heirlooms to a high shelf or the attic.
  • Hold a family meeting to review your emergency plans, including:
    • Identify a "safe room" within your home for family members to seek shelter in the event of a tornado.
    • Identify two family meeting places; one close for emergencies such as fire – and another out of the immediate area in the event of large scale damage to your neighborhood.
    • Identify an out of town "check in" contact person for all family members to call if you are separated. Store that number in cell phones under the name of "ICE" (in case of emergency).
    • Identify what route (and alternates) you will use to evacuate your neighborhood, if needed.
    • Practice your plan!  

Please contact us if you have any question or need additional information about how to be prepared for emergencies, please let us know by calling or emailing us at: (706) 868-3303 or  emergencymanagement@columbiacountyga.gov.

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