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February 5-9 is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Georgia. Take some time this week to check out the resource materials on the Ready Georgia website that will help you and your family get prepared for weather emergencies. And if you’re looking for Decatur specific information, be sure to check out the 2016-2017 Emergency Services Supplement from the Decatur Focus. (This guide will be updated in November 2018.)


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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.


  • 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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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.


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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According to a 2014 national survey conducted by the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), fifty percent of Americans have not discussed or developed an emergency plan for family members about where to go and what to do in the event of a local disasters.

When it comes to planning for emergencies, it is extremely important to make sure that everyone around you is prepared—including all members of the family, especially children. Although some adults find disaster readiness a difficult topic to discuss with youth and children, it is essential that preparedness information be presented in a direct, honest manner. Discussing a possible disaster as a family, creating a plan and practicing this plan can help youth and children emotionally and mentally prepare for an emergency.

It is important to have several plans in place to respond to different types of emergencies, and to make certain that children are familiar with each plan. Key elements of any school or home emergency plan should include: what to do, where to meet, who to call and how to communicate. For more information on how to get prepared, check out www.ready.gov/september.



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