Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Closer look at... one awesome neighborhood

photo by Katie, via Facebook
Zac, Stephen, Jesse, Thom among others... revving up the chainsaws, clearing streets, warning folks about downed trees... it's the chainsaw gang :)

Stephen and Zac on Closer Look, NPR
http://news.wabe.org/post/closer-look-georgia-recovers-tropical-storm-irma
and
http://news.wabe.org/post/neighborhood-group-focuses-helping-one-another-after-irma-passes
Jesse on http://www.wsbtv.com/video
On Facebook, offers of help have gone from tarps and buckets to sharing freezer space with those who are still without power to "have axe, will travel." And it all began before with storm, with offers to help if anyone needed assistance moving furniture outdoor in advance of the storm and shared ladders to ensure gutters were clean and ready for the downpour. Good peoples!!!

Thank you, neighbors, for your sense of humor, your willingness to help, and your inordinate fondness for chainsaws :)

Our thanks also go to GA Power employees and DeKalb County emergency responders for being out in this weather, working hard to keep the lights on and the roads clear. Stay safe!

UPDATE: And... The Chainsaw Gang gets the AJC treatment! http://www.myajc.com/news/local/torpy-large-operation-irma-chainsaw-gangs-and-the-yearning-help/bj9qzlgsOc5aIrGYSk3Y5N/

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Hurricane Irma: closings, weather links, etc [Sept. 11]

Oh, Irma, must you?!
UPDATE: MARTA shuts down service for Mondayhttp://itsmarta.com/marta-suspends-bus-rail-mon11th.aspx

1)  A very handy map for tracking Irma: http://google.org/crisismap/2017-irma

1a) Weather.com's hourly forecast: https://weather.com/weather/hourbyhour/l/30033

2) DeKalb County closures--school systems, universities, etc: http://www.wsbtv.com/news/local/schools-closing-ahead-of-hurricane-irma-impact-in-georgia/605665379

3) DeKalb County Preparedness and Safety Tips: https://www.dekalbcountyga.gov/news/updated-hurricane-irma-preparation-tips

4) County Announcements re: County Services
via Commissioner Rader

Hurricane Irma Update - Closings for tomorrow, Sanitation Changes
DeKalb County Offices, Facilities to Close during Hurricane Irma Residents urged to shelter in place
DeKalb officials are urging residents to exercise caution after the National Weather Service issued a tropical storm warning with tropical storm force winds and rain arriving as early as Monday morning for DeKalb County and the Atlanta area.

The DeKalb Emergency Management Agency is urging residents to shelter in place during the event and stay off the roads to allow emergency crews to respond to the anticipated calls for downed trees and power lines.

As a result of anticipated inclement weather, DeKalb County offices, senior centers, libraries and recreation centers will be closed Monday and Tuesday.

Scheduled Tuesday meetings will be rescheduled for this coming Thursday.

County employees who are not required to deal with the emergency conditions do not have to report to work.

All sanitation service will be suspended Monday. Customers are urged to secure their garbage containers during the high winds.

Employees under the direction of elected officials other than DeKalb CEO Michael Thurmond should contact their supervisors about their work schedules.

The DeKalb County courts will be closed Monday. A decision about Tuesday’s schedule has not been made.

All DeKalb County Board of Health locations will be closed Monday and Tuesday.

The DeKalb County School District and City Schools of Decatur will be closed Monday and Tuesday. Atlanta Public Schools will be closed Monday.

DeKalb Sanitation Suspends Collection Service due to Hurricane Irma Residential and commercial service to run at least one day late 
In anticipation of inclement weather due to Hurricane Irma, the DeKalb County Sanitation Division announces the suspension of sanitation collection service for residential and commercial customers on Monday, Sept. 11. Information on collection schedules for the remainder of the week will be provided on Monday, September 11th.

The Sanitation Division’s administrative office will be closed on Monday, Sept. 11, and Tuesday, September 12th, reopening during normal business hours on Wednesday, September 13th.

The Seminole Road Landfill and North, Central and East Transfer Stations also will be closed on Monday, September 11th. Information on reopening the landfill and transfer stations will be provided on Monday, September 11th.

The Sanitation Division urges residents to stay home and off the roads due to anticipated high winds and dangerous road conditions.

Stay safe!!!

Jeff Rader