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 December 5, 2016  
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Emergency Management Agency - Public Safety Minimize


Effingham EMA Office
Physical Address: 181 Recycle Way, Guyton GA 31312
(secure location, entry by appointment only)

Mailing Address: 601 North Laurel St, Springfield GA 31329

Phone: 912-754-8200

Email:

EEMA@EffinghamCounty.org



Text "Follow EffinghamEMA" to 40404 for alerts.

 
Hurricane Recovery Information Minimize

Hurricane Matthew Recovery

You can continue to register for Disaster Assistance online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or call 1-800-621-3362. For the hearing impaired/functional needs, please call 1-800-462-7585.

Deadline to file is Friday, December 16!


Effingham County, the city of Rincon, and the city of Springfield are allowing citizens to place natural, vegetative storm debris (limbs, trees, etc.) in the right-of-way of public roads to be removed and disposed. State routes (Hwy 17, Hwy 30, Hwy 119, Hwy 21, Hwy 80) are not included. Please have patience, as this will take several weeks to visit and collect from every roadway.


Effingham County has set up a NATURAL DEBRIS collection site for private citizens:
County Landfill at 2750 Courthouse Rd, open 8AM-5:30PM
*other sites will be closing Nov. 30


 
Emergency Management - Stay Informed! Minimize
Stay Weather Aware

Advance warning is the most powerful preparedness tool for severe weather. Every family should have one or more methods for receiving severe weather alerts, and at least one of these should have an audible alert to wake you in case the alert comes in the middle of the night.

Sign up for TEXT ALERTS through the Effingham County Emergency Management Agency, text the words "Follow EffinghamEMA" to the number 40404 to receive important information that impacts Effingham County.

Additional resources for alerts are the Ready Georgia  and Red Cross Emergency apps, free to download for Android or iPhone users.


 
What Is Emergency Management? Minimize
Emergency Management is a combination of your local, state and federal governments working together in partnership with local volunteers and businesses, to mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from all hazards that affect a jurisdiction.

The Effingham County Emergency Management Agency is the local agency with the responsible for coordination and mitigation, preparedness, and response and recovery efforts to protect the lives and property of the citizens of Effingham County.

There are many natural hazards that may impact the communities in Effingham County. These include hurricanes, tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, lightning, floods, winter storms and wild fires. These are dangerous and often unpredictable events. It is very important that citizens know the safety precautions to take before an emergency and what actions to take during an emergency, whether natural or caused by man. In addition to the many natural hazards that may impact the county, there are other man-made and technological hazards that pose an equal, if not greater, threat to the citizens.
 
Plans / Documents Minimize

Special Medical Needs?  The Functional Needs Registry is made up of residents who may require transportation and medical assistance and have no other resources such as family or friends who can help them if they must evacuate when a hurricane is threatening our area. Residents must apply and then qualify to be on the Registry. In the event of an evacuation, local hospitals will not accept Functional or Medical needs citizens.  Therefore, if residents do not register, they will need  to make their own plans. To apply, residents should call the Effingham County Health Department at 912-754-7623.  The application can also be found here: Application  Completed applications must be mailed to the Effingham County Health Department at P.O. Box 350 Springfield, GA 31329.   You can see their 30-second public service announcement here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASd9OvkGVkE

PREPAREDNESS  PLANS

Emergency Management Ordinance  EEMA

Emergency Evacuation Plan 
EVAC

Debris Management Plan   Debris Plan

Emergency Operations Plan   EOP

Warming / Cooling Station Policy  WCSOP

Public Awareness and Education Plan  PAEP

Volunteer and Donations Management Plan  
VDMP

Mass Fatality Mortuary Plan  MFMP

2013 Hazard Mitigation Plan *Document*

Emergency Operations Center Activation Policy  EOC

Interested in Volunteering for the Effingham Emergency Management Agency?  Just fill out the Volunteer Application and turn bring it in!  Application

Re-Entry Pass Application 2011-2015 Re-entry Pass APPLICATION.pdf

 
 
Make Your Own Ready Kit! Minimize

Make your own Ready kit with the items on the checklist below. Most of the items are inexpensive and easy to find, and any one of them could save your life. Headed to the store? Download a printable version to take with you. Once you take a look at the basic items, consider what unique needs your family might have, such as supplies for petsseniors or family members with special needs. Add those items to your kit and start packing it today.

Recommended Items

  • Water. One gallon per person per day, for at least 3 days, for drinking and hygiene
  • Food. At least a 3-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Can opener. For food, if kit contains canned food
  • Radio. Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert, and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle. To signal for help
  • Face mask. To help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter in place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties. For personal hygiene
  • Wrench or pliers. To turn off utilities
  • Local maps
Additional Items
  • Prescription medications and glasses
  • Infant formula and diapers
  • Pet food, extra water, pet supplies, toys and vaccination forms.
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container
  • Cash or traveler’s checks and change
  • Emergency reference material such as a first aid book or information from Ready America
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person. Consider adding bedding in cold weather.
  • Complete change of clothing. Include a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes. Consider adding clothing in cold weather.  
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates, plastic utensils, paper towels
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children.

For a list of community preparedness resources, view our Online Toolkit.

Make your own Ready kit with the items on the checklist below. Most of the items are inexpensive and easy to find, and any one of them could save your life. Headed to the store? Download a printable version to take with you. Once you take a look at the basic items, consider what unique needs your family might have, such as supplies for pets, seniors or family members with special needs. Add those items to your kit and start packing it today. Download the Ready Georgia mobile app to have this checklist with you all the time.

Or, for a customized emergency plan that will include a detailed checklist with items that are specific to you and your family’s needs, as well as a communications plan to help you reconnect after an emergency, create a user profile now.

Recommended Items

  • Water. One gallon per person per day, for at least 3 days, for drinking and hygiene
  • Food. At least a 3-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Can opener. For food, if kit contains canned food
  • Radio. Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert, and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle. To signal for help
  • Face mask. To help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter in place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties. For personal hygiene
  • Wrench or pliers. To turn off utilities
  • Local maps
Additional Items
  • Prescription medications and glasses
  • Infant formula and diapers
  • Pet food, extra water, pet supplies, toys and vaccination forms.
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container
  • Cash or traveler’s checks and change
  • Emergency reference material such as a first aid book or information from Ready America
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person. Consider adding bedding in cold weather.
  • Complete change of clothing. Include a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes. Consider adding clothing in cold weather.
  • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates, plastic utensils, paper towels
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children.

For a list of community preparedness resources, view our Online Toolkit.

- See more at: http://www.ready.ga.gov/Prepare#sthash.zwxXmkl8.dpuf
 
Hurricane Season is HERE!!! Minimize

Before the Hurricane Season
1.    Determine safe evacuation routes inland.
2.    Learn location of official shelters.
3.    Make emergency plans for pets.
4.    Check emergency equipment, such as flashlights, generators and battery-powered Weather Radio
5.    Buy food that will keep and store drinking water.
6.    Buy plywood or other material to protect your home.
7.    Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts.
8.    Trim trees and shrubbery.
9.    Decide where to move your boat in an emergency.
10.    Review your insurance policy..

During the Storm
When in a Watch area...
1.    Listen frequently to radio, TV or NOAA Weather
2.    Fuel and service your vehicles.
3.    Inspect and secure mobile home tie-downs.
4.    Board up windows in case the storm moves quickly and you have to evacuate.
5.    Stock up on batteries, food that will keep, first aid supplies, drinking water and medications.
6.    Store lawn furniture and other loose, light-weight objects, such as garbage cans and garden tools.
7.    Have cash on hand in case power goes out and ATMs don’t work.

Plan to evacuate if you...
1.    Live in a mobile or manufactured home. They are unsafe in high winds no matter how well fastened to the ground.
2.    Live near a river or flood plain. In addition to wind, flooding from storm surge waves is a major killer.


When in a Warning area...
1.    Closely monitor radio, TV or Weather Radio
2.    Close storm shutters.
3.    Follow instructions issued by local officials. Leave immediately if ordered!
4.    If evacuating, leave as soon as possible. Stay with friends or relatives, at a low-rise inland motel 
        or at a designated public shelter outside the flood zone.
5.    DO NOT stay in a mobile or manufactured home.
6.    Notify neighbors and a family member outside of the warned area of your evacuation plans. 
7.    Take pets with you if possible, but remember, most public shelters do not allow pets other than those used by 
        the handicapped. Identify pet-friendly motels along your evacuation route.

If Staying in a Home...
1.    Turn refrigerator to maximum cold and keep closed.
2.    Turn off utilities if told to do so by authorities.
3.    Turn off propane tanks.
4.    Unplug small appliances.
5.    Fill bathtub and large containers with water in case tap water is unavailable. Use water in bathtubs for cleaning 
        and flushing only. Do NOT drink it.
6.    Remember that cell phones may NOT work!

If Winds Become Strong...
1.    Stay away from windows and doors, even if they are covered. Take refuge in a small interior room, closet 
        or hallway.
2.    Close all interior doors. Secure and brace external doors.
3.    If you are in a two story house, go to an interior 1st floor room.
4.    If you are in a multi-story building and away from water, go to the 1st or 2nd floor and stay in the halls or other 
        interior rooms away from windows.
5.    Lie on the floor under a table or other sturdy object.

Be Alert For...
1.    Tornadoes: They are often spawned by hurricanes.
2.    The calm “eye” of the storm. It may seem like the storm is over but after the eye passes, the winds will change 
        direction and quickly return to hurricane force.

After the Storm
1.    Keep listening to radio, TV or NOAA Weather Radio.
2.    Wait until an area is declared safe before entering.
3.    Watch for closed roads. If you come upon a barricade or a flooded road, Turn Around Don’t Drown!
4.    Avoid weakened bridges and washed out roads.
5.    Stay on firm ground. Moving water only 6 inches deep can sweep you off your feet. Standing water may be 
        electrically charged from power lines.
6.    Once home, check gas, water and electrical lines and appliances for damage.
7.    Use a flashlight to inspect for damage. Never use candles and other open flames indoors.
8.    Do not drink or prepare food with tap water until officials say it is safe.
9.    If using a generator, avoid electrocution by following manufacturers instructions and standard electric code.


For more information feel free to contact the Effingham County Emergency Management Agency.

 

 
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