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City of Atlanta Prepares for Severe Storm Weather

Post Date:04/27/2011
Joint Operations Command Center Open to Coordinate Response

Atlanta, GA – Today, Mayor Kasim Reed advised residents to make preparations for severe weather heading towards Atlanta. The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm advisory for tonight for parts of metro Atlanta.

The City of Atlanta’s Joint Operations Command Center (JOC) was opened today at noon in the Public Safety Headquarters. Essential personnel from the Atlanta Police Department, Atlanta Fire and Rescue Department, Department of Public Works, Department of Parks and other key operational agencies will monitor weather, traffic, and reports of power outages and fallen trees.

The JOC will remain in service through the duration of the weather event. The Command Center will allow City personnel to work together in one central location and coordinate emergency response activities across all City departments and other municipal agencies.

Atlanta-Fulton County Emergency Operation Center may be activated if conditions warrant. Should there be any fallen trees or other debris from the storm, City of Atlanta crews, including Public Works, Watershed Management, and the Department of Parks will be working around the clock to clear all city streets as soon as possible.

Residents should report downed trees by calling the Department of Parks Customer Service at 404-546-6813. After 4:30 p.m., residents should call 9-1-1 for fallen trees.

Residents are encouraged to stock up on flashlights, fresh batteries, blankets, non-perishable food items and bottled water ahead of time. Should the weather worsen this evening, residents should seek refuge in their basement. Those without basements will be safest in an interior hallway, closet or bathroom and away from windows.

In the event of a power outage and downed trees, residents should remember the following:

  • Dial 9-1-1 if anyone has a life-threatening medical emergency;
  • Always avoid downed power lines. Any downed line should be considered live and therefore dangerous. Report downed lines immediately to public safety authorities and stay out of the immediate area;
  • Avoid debris on the ground that may conceal downed power lines and make sure there are no downed lines before allowing children out to play. Do not attempt to make repairs to electrical system or pull limbs off lines;
  • Watch out for falling trees, tree limbs and power lines.
  • Steer clear of crew work areas. Equipment and energized lines may be in the area that could create a safety hazard;
  • When driving, watch for crews working along the roadways, and obey all traffic signs and directions around work areas;
  • When leaving your home and power is off, turn off the main breaker as a precaution to avoid a power surge once the power is restored; and
  • Be patient. When major outages occur, crews must first restore power to transmission lines and distribution circuits before working on distribution lines that feed directly to homes and businesses.
The Atlanta Fire and Rescue Department has advised residents to keep the following in mind:

· Get off the roads early enough to avoid being trapped by severe weather;

· Wear sturdy shoes and clothing that provides some protection, such as long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and a cap;

· Listen to a battery-powered radio and follow local evacuation instructions;

· Secure your home: Close and lock doors and windows;

· Stay away from windows and seek shelter in the interior of your residence;

· Unplug electrical equipment, such as radios and televisions, and small appliances such as toasters and microwaves;

· Leave freezers and refrigerators plugged in unless there is a risk of flooding;

· Be alert for washed-out roads and bridges;

Thế giới cá· Do not drive into flooded areas; and

Thế giới cá· Stay away from downed power lines.


For more information about this and services of the City of Atlanta visit our website at or watch City Channel 26

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