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Hurricane Irma is slated to arrive in the metro Atlanta area during daylight hours on Monday, September 11th. Heavy rains and strong winds are likely and tornadoes could be possible from Monday into Tuesday which means we could also experience downed trees and loss of power.

Currently, all city buildings are scheduled to be open as normal on Monday and Tuesday.

Important phone numbers

  • If you see hazardous or unsafe conditions in Decatur that are not life-threatening, call the non-emergency number: 404-373-6551.
  • If you are in a life-threatening situation, call 911.
  • Power outages or trees on power lines should be reported directly to Georgia Power: 1-888-891-0938.

Reminders

  • Register now or update your Smart911 profile at Smart911.com. You can opt-in for severe weather and other notifications as well as create or update your Smart911 profile with any special medical concerns (such as a household member who uses medical equipment that requires electricity).
  • Make sure you have at least a three day supply of necessities, including food, water, batteries, medicines and special items like diapers and pet food.
  • If you live in the Northeastern corner of the City please delay setting out your recycling bins
  • until next week if at all possible so that bins don’t blow away or become hazards.
  • If we begin to experience heavy rain, the potential for flooding and downed trees greatly increases. We ask that you please do not park on the street if you have off street parking available, in order to keep the roadways clear for emergency vehicles.
  • Charge all cell phones and put fresh batteries in emergency radios. When contacting loved ones, a text message is more likely to get through than a phone call.
  • Secure patio and lawn furniture.
  • Download the FEMA smartphone app for additional tips and emergency information.
  • And don’t forget to be neighborly and take a few minutes to check on the seniors in your neighborhood and bring all pets inside.

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Tomorrow is the first Wednesday of September so we’ll be testing the tornado outdoor warning sirens at 5:00 p.m. The test should last approximately one minute. Should the weather become inclement, the test will be postponed until Thursday, 7 September 2017.

Sirens web

If you have questions or want more information about the siren system, check out the Siren page on the City’s website or contact Police Lt. Barry Woodward at 404-373-6551.

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Tomorrow is the first Wednesday of August so we’ll be testing the tornado outdoor warning sirens at 5:00 p.m. The test should last approximately one minute. Should the weather become inclement, the test will be postponed until Thursday, 3 August 2017.

If you have questions or want more information about the siren system, check out the Siren page on the City’s website or contact Police Lt. Barry Woodward at 404-373-6551.

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Today is the first Wednesday of July so we’ll be testing the tornado outdoor warning sirens at 5:00 p.m. The test should last approximately one minute. Should the weather become inclement, the test will be postponed until Thursday, 6 July 2017.

If you have questions or want more information about the siren system, check out the Siren page on the City’s website or contact Police Lt. Barry Woodward at 404-373-6551.

Sirens web

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Today is the first Wednesday of June so we’ll be testing the tornado outdoor warning sirens at 5:00 p.m. The test should last approximately one minute. Should the weather become inclement, the test will be postponed until Thursday, 8 June 2017.

If you have questions or want more information about the siren system, check out the Siren page on the City’s website or contact Police Lt. Barry Woodward at 404-373-6551.

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Today is the first Wednesday of May so we’ll be testing the tornado outdoor warning sirens at 5:00 p.m. The test should last approximately one minute. Should the weather become inclement, the test will be postponed until Thursday, 4 May 2017.

tornado sign

If you have questions or want more information about the siren system, check out the Siren page on the City’s website or contact Police Lt. Barry Woodward at 404-373-6551.

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Since most of north and central Georgia is under a wind advisory until 10:00 p.m. tonight, the April test of the outdoor tornado siren system scheduled for 5:00 p.m. today has been cancelled.

The next system test is scheduled for Wednesday, May 3rd at 5:00 p.m.

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Due to the threat of severe weather tomorrow, the April test of the tornado outdoor warning siren system has been postponed until Thursday, 6 April 2017 at the regular time of 5:00 p.m. The test should last approximately one minute.

SevereWeather

If you have questions or want more information about the siren system, check out the Siren page on the City’s website or contact Police Lt. Barry Woodward at 404-373-6551.

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Due to the threat of severe weather tomorrow afternoon, the March test of the tornado outdoor warning siren system has been postponed until Thursday, 2 March 2017 at the regular time of 5:00 p.m. The test should last approximately one minute.

If you have questions or want more information about the siren system, check out the Siren page on the City’s website or contact Police Lt. Barry Woodward at 404-373-6551.

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The National Weather Service and Georgia Emergency Management Agency in conjunction with several other state and local partners will recognize next week (February 6-10, 2017) as Severe Weather Preparedness Week.

SevereWeather

Severe weather is no stranger to Georgia as many state residents recently experienced a significant outbreak during January 21-22, 2017, where a record-breaking 41 tornadoes affected much of central and southern Georgia. Severe Weather Preparedness Week is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the dangers of severe weather, as well as knowing how and when to take proper actions when severe weather is expected and hits.  Please take the time now, to review your home/school/businesses preparedness plans as each day is dedicated to a different topic that addresses severe weather preparedness.

Make sure to check out the NWS website and the City’s Facebook page throughout the week for more information on several topics, including:

  • Monday, February 6: Family Preparedness
  • Tuesday, February 7: Thunderstorm Safety
  • Wednesday, February 8: Tornado Safety
  • Thursday, February 9: Lightning Safety
  • Friday, February 10: Flash Flooding/Flood Safety

You can also check out the 2016-2017 edition of the City’s Emergency Services Guidebook for more information on how to prepare for Decatur specific threats.

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