Monday, July 27, 2015

Water boil water advisory lifted


The DeKalb Board of Health has been issuing updates through its twitter feed: https://twitter.com/healthydekalb, including separate water boil advisories for residential use and food establishments.

While the issue of potable water safety and emergency preparedness are still fresh on our minds, these are some great links from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Personal Preparation and Storage of Safe Water: This link covers how to prepare for emergencies and how to sanitize water using heat and household (unscented) chlorine bleach. Regarding preparedness, they recommend that households
- "Store at least 1 gallon of water per day for each person and each pet. You should consider storing more water than this for hot climates, for pregnant women, and for persons who are sick.
- Store at least a 3-day supply of water for each person and each pet (try to store a 2-week supply if possible).
- Observe the expiration date for store-bought water; replace other stored water every six months.
- Store a bottle of unscented liquid household chlorine bleach to disinfect your water and to use for general cleaning and sanitizing."
Hygiene and Handwashing: how to maintain hygiene when the running water supply is unavailable or compromised
Also, if you have not done so already, sign up for DeKalb County's Code Red alert system to receive weather and other emergency alerts directly to your phone.


Friday, July 24, 2015

MARTA partners with Uber

Cliff Shuttle route at the Medlock stop, via Transloc app.
Per WSBTV, MARTA is shaking things up to improve service by:
  • partnering with Uber and 
  • adding free Wi-Fi to ~50 buses
The partnership consists of offering links to Uber directly from MARTA's website (as well as a link to a $20 off coupon for first-time Uber users, promo code = marta). Uber is often characterized as a dreaded competitor by established transportation providers. However, Uber's popularity continues to grow, and it's sMARTA to acknowledge that Uber may be a stepping stone to increased ridership.

To review our Medlock neighborhood's many public transportation connections, see this post.