Severe Weather Preparation & Resources (Hurricane Irma)

Pray for the best and prepare for the worst as we begin to feel the effects of Hurricane Irma.  Governor Deal has expanded and declared a state of emergency for the entire state of Georgia. We are currently under a Tropical Storm Warning and Flood Watch.

Depending on how the storm tracks, North Fulton & Cherokee residents should be prepared to see the effects of Hurricane Irma with winds speeds of 30 plus mph and gusting higher later tonight. The winds have been approximately 8 mph today and already caused falling trees and limbs, so please vigilant and responsible.

Many school systems (Fulton & Cherokee County), colleges and some businesses are closing offices on Monday and Tuesday. Please check with your employer, website or news stations for updates.

If you see downed power lines or need emergency assistance, please call 911 immediately and stay far away.

Georgia Power – Report online here or call 888-891-0938. Visit the website HERE.

Cobb EMC – Report online here or call 770-429-2100. Visit the website HERE.

Federal, State, and Local Resources

National Weather Service Atlanta on Twitter – @NWSAtlanta 

Georgia Emergency Management & Homeland Security Agency – www.gema.ga.gov

Georgia EM&HS on Twitter – @GeorgiaEMA 

Cherokee County Emergency Management Facebook – www.facebook.com/CherokeeEMA/

Disaster Relief Organizations

The American Red Cross – www.redcross.org

Georgia Baptist Disaster Relief – www.missiongeorgia.org/georgia-disaster-relief

The Salvation Army – www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org

Samaritan’s Purse – www.samaritanspurse.org

How you can prepare

Secure items or bring in anything the wind can move (which is more than you may think). Missile objects are one of the highest threats and our forecast shows winds strong enough to throw heavy objects which can cause serious harm and damage.

How you can help

First, don’t be a victim. Stay far away from rushing water, power lines and dangerous situations. Consider supporting one of the disaster relief organizations and help others. Pray! People have lost their lives, businesses, homes, etc. We can all play a part in helping Georgia, Florida, Texas, etc.