Last Monday, July 31st was the official kickoff of Chatham County’s Hurricane PrepareAthon Week. Throughout the week, we will focus on daily tasks to help our residents become disaster ready. Day 1, Severe Weather Warning Day, focuses on emergency communications. Residents are encouraged to learn about the following, potentially lifesaving alert systems.
Text Messages Alerts: CEMA regularly sends text message alerts about local emergencies including impending storms, potential flooding, heat warning and road closures. To get important updates via text message text ‘FOLLOW CHATHAMEMA’ to 40404. You will be automatically added to the SMS notification list, powered by Twitter.
Social Media: CEMA is active on social media sites including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.
Community Notification System: CEMA encourages everyone who lives, works and visits Savannah and Chatham County to sign up to receive emergency and community notifications on their cells phones through the Community Notification System (CNS). This free service is designed to make phone calls to specific areas in the event of an evacuation. By registering your cell phone to your home and/or work address, you will receive notifications when an evacuation order is called for your area. All listed landline phone numbers have already been programmed into the system. Register online by visiting www.chathamemergency.org/register for-alerts.php or call the PrepareAthon Telethon on Friday, August 4th at 912- 644-8899.
Emergency Weather Phone App: There are several emergency weather applications that you can download onto your smartphone to alert you when severe weather is approaching our area. Some phone apps include WTOC First Alert Radar, WSAV Storm Team 3, The American Red Cross Emergency App, NOAA Weather Radar and many more. Each of these apps will assist you in staying informed during an emergency.
NOAA Weather Radio: National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radios broadcast continuous weather information directly from the nearest National Weather Service office. NWR broadcasts official Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
CEMA has partnered with FEMA, WTOC, WTKS, The United Way of the Coastal Empire, Hands On Savannah, The American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, Savannah Heritage Emergency Response, Chatham County Public Information Office, Office of Occupational Safety, Department of Public Works, Board of Accessors and Youth Commissioners. In addition, Live Oak Public Libraries, the Coastal Health District, Disaster Control and Prevention, The Harambee House, the City of Savannah Office of Emergency Management, City of Savannah Office of Community Planning and Development, and the Humane Society for Greater Savannah have helped make the PrepareAthon possible. Thank you for your support!