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Sept. 6 - CEMA Returns to Operating Condition 5

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

September 6, 2019 - Hurricane Dorian is no longer a threat to Chatham County, therefore Chatham Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) returned to Operating Condition 5 (OPCON 5) at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5.

CEMA is in OPCON 5 from June 1 through Nov. 30 every year in preparedness for hurricane season.

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Sept. 5 - 1:30 p.m. Update from City of Savannah Regarding Curfew and Sanitation Services

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

September 5, 2019 - The City of Savannah and Savannah Police Department have lifted the curfew, which previously ran from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. each evening during Hurricane Dorian. The curfew will no longer be in effect.

City of Savannah officers will resume normal operations on Friday.

Sanitation is putting a modified service schedule in place to collect refuse and recycling that was not collected due to Hurricane Dorian.

Customers on a Monday or Tuesday pick up schedule should place refuse and recycling carts along with bagged overflow waste out for pick up on Friday, Sept. 6. 
Customers on a Wednesday or Thursday pick up schedule should place the same items out on Saturday, Sept. 7.

Yard waste collection will resume Monday, Sept. 9. Important items to note include:

- Leaves must be contained in brown paper lawn bags or reusable trash cans no larger than 32 gallons. City-issued refuse carts cannot be used. 
- Limbs must be cut to not longer than 4 feet and neatly stacked.
- Larger limbs or haphazard piles will require special handling and delay collection. 
All Sanitation collection services will return to normal on Monday, Sept. 9.

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Sept. 5 - CAT Fixed-Route Services Resuming Friday

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

September 5, 2019 - Chatham Area Transit’s fixed-route bus operations will resume service on Friday after being suspended due to Hurricane Dorian.

In addition, CAT’s customer service line, (912) 233-5767, will also resume operations. The ticket window will also re-open on Friday at the JMR Intermodal Transit Center, 610 W. Oglethorpe Avenue.

CAT’s paratransit service, CAT Mobility, will remain suspended Friday in order to assist in the re-entry process for residents with medical needs. However, CAT Mobility reservations can be made Friday and regular paratransit services will resume on Saturday.

At this time, CAT is still determining when Savannah Belles Ferry system operations will resume.

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Sept. 5 - Evacuation Order Lifted, Re-Entry Permitted into Chatham County

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

September 5, 2019 - Governor Brian Kemp has lifted the mandatory evacuation order for the coastal counties of Georgia. All Chatham County residents can return to their homes at this time.

The Talmadge Bridge has reopened. 

CEMA will be working throughout the day to return those who evacuated to an inland shelter through the Evacuation Assembly Area.

Soldiers, civilians, and family members of Hunter Army Airfield (HAAF) are to follow the guidance of the Fort Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield senior command.

Returning residents should be aware of the potential of power outages, downed powerlines, and debris in roadways. Remember that if a traffic signal is out it should be treated as a four-way stop. 

Georgia Power crews are working to restore power throughout Chatham County. Please visit their outages map for further information. 

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Sept. 5 - Georgia Power continues Hurricane Dorian restoration efforts

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

September 5, 2019 - Georgia Power’s restoration efforts are continuing along the Georgia coast as high winds from Hurricane Dorian have resulted in overnight power outages. Nearly 1,500 Georgia Power personnel have been mobilized and are responding to more than 250 individual cases of damage, including broken poles and downed lines, resulting in approximately 15,000 customers without power as of 8 a.m. EDT. 

Most of the outages are concentrated in Chatham, Glynn and McIntosh counties. As strong winds continue during the day, additional scattered outages may occur.

Damage assessment teams have re-entered evacuated and affected areas and are relaying critical field information so that restoration teams can be dispatched. As weather conditions improve and tropical storm-force winds subside, crews will work as quickly and safely as possible to repair damage and restore power.

Georgia Power reminds customers that dangerous conditions exist following a storm. Never touch any downed or low-hanging wire, including telephone or TV wires that touch a power line. Never pull tree limbs off power lines yourself or enter areas with debris or downed trees as downed power lines may be buried in wreckage.  

The company also offers the following tools you can use to stay informed during restoration efforts:

  • Outage Alerts – Subscribe to the free Georgia Power Outage Alert service to receive personalized notifications and updates via text message.
  • Outage & Storm Center – Available atwww.georgiapower.com/storm, customers can visit this site to sign up for Outage Alerts, report and check the status of outages, and access useful safety tips and information. Customers can report and check the status of an outage 24 hours a day by contacting Georgia Power at 888-891-0938.  
  • Outage Map – Housed within the Outage & Storm Center, Georgia Power’s interactive Outage Map provides near real-time information, allowing users to see where outages are occurring across the state and track estimated restoration times.
  • Georgia Power Mobile App – Download the Georgia Power mobile app for Apple and Android devices to access storm and outage information on the go.
  • @GeorgiaPower on Twitter – Follow @GeorgiaPower on Twitter for storm tips, outage updates, customer service and more.
  • Emergency Plan and Kit – Visit the Georgia Power storm page for information on how to build a family emergency plan and emergency supply kit.
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