Brookhaven recommends planning ahead for potential hurricanes
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Brookhaven, GA, Sept. 7, 2017 –The City of Brookhaven reminds all residents that the 2017 Hurricane Season is in full swing and continues through the end of November.
“Hurricane Harvey and the potential impact of Hurricane Irma are clear reminders of the need to be prepared for any natural disaster,” said Brookhaven Emergency Management Coordinator Paul White. “With the National Weather Service now predicting an eastern-seaboard landfall, it’s also very important to stay informed of current weather forecasts as the situation progresses.”
White advises that Brookhaven could feel the following weather effects of Irma or a later storm in this region:
- Very strong winds can extend hundreds of miles inland.
- Prolonged, significant rain events often occur well inland.
- Tornadoes can develop from hurricane or tropical storm landfall as well.
Brookhaven is currently working with DeKalb County agencies including the Departments of Emergency Management and Watershed Management to prepare for the potential impacts from Irma.
White strongly encourages Brookhaven residents and businesses to get better prepared using the following as tools:
- Prepare a Disaster Plan that includes: response actions like communication procedures, evacuation and sheltering, and structural/utility protection procedures.
- Build a “Ready Kit” that should minimally contain: a 72-hour food and water supply, first aid items, extra clothing/blankets, important documents and eating utensils.
- Be and stay informed by having a battery-powered or even a NOAA weather alert radio in your kit for warnings and updates, have cell phones or other personal devises set for automatic alerts.
Further information on the 2017 Hurricane Season can be found on U.S. Deptartment. of Commerce NOAA website and – www.noaa.gov.
Additional specific preparedness actions can be found on GEMA’s Ready Georgia website – www.ready.ga.gov, on the FEMA website – www.ready.gov, and on Safety.com - https://www.safety.com/are-you-ready-for-an-emergency-emergency-kit-essentials.
The Georgia Power website also contains excellent preparedness information for families and businesses: www.georgiapower.com/in-your-community/strm-center.
Director of Communications