***Monday, September 11, 2017 Update***
Washington County Emergency Management Agency is urging the public to PLEASE stay off the roadways. Do not do any traveling that isn’t absolutely necessary. Also, please be mindful of the utility crews that are working on or near the roadways!
Several Business Closures were announced, including:
Citizens Bank of the South – all four locations – for September 11.
Queensborough National Bank & Trust – Sandersville and Tennille branches – September 11.
The Pringle Building – all businesses – September 11.
McDonald’s in Sandersville – September 11.
***Sunday, September 10, 2017 Update***
Washington County Schools announced on Sunday, September 10 that they will be closed both Monday, September 11 AND Tuesday, September 12.
Washington County Emergency Management Agency provided the following weather update via Facebook on Sunday, September 10: WEATHER UPDATE for Washington County – Monday a.m. thru Tuesday p.m. – 30 to 40 mph sustained winds with gusts from 45 to 65 mph. Rain fall amounts 5″ to 7″. A slight risk of tornadoes exist. Other hazards include downed trees and power lines causing power outages and hazardous traveling conditions.
On Sunday, September 10, the National Weather Service in Peachtree City issued a Tropical Storm Warning for Washington County. They also issued a Flash Flood Watch for Washington County from Monday morning (September 11) through Tuesday morning (September 12).
All Post Offices, stations, branches and finance units within the 3-digit ZIP Code ranges of 304, 310, 312, 318 and 319 suspended retail and delivery operations at close of business, Saturday, Sept. 9. They will resume operations on Tuesday, Sept. 12.
Washington County Regional Medical Center posted the following on their Facebook page: Washington County Regional Medical Center would like to advise all citizens that we are monitoring Hurricane Irma on Monday, September 11, 2017. We have implemented emergency precautions. Should you need to contact your loved one you may call 478-240-2000. Only leave one message and wait for a return call. If the main phone system is disabled an emergency phone line, 478-552-8701, will be activated. Please understand that phone lines may become overwhelmed during a storm event of this magnitude. Our primary objective is to meet the medical needs of the public during this emergency situation.
Other cancellations reported in Washington County include:
- The Washington County Chamber of Commerce will be closed Monday, September 11th due to inclement weather. They do plan to reopen Tuesday, September 12th.
- Davisboro’s scheduled Council meeting for Monday, September 11 is postponed until Thursday, September 14 at 7 p.m.
- Due to weather conditions Sandersville City Hall will be CLOSED: Monday Sept 11th and Tuesday Sept 12th For power outages or water/sewer issues contact (478) 552-2525 your call will be routed to the appropriate department. Please check the following facebook pages for updates & Information: • City of Sandersville • Sandersville Police Department • Washington County Georgia EMA **IN CASE OF EMERGENCY CALL 911 ** STAY IN AND STAY SAFE
- North Central Health District (NCHD) closed the 13 county health departments for staff to assist in evacuation and sheltering activities. All health departments will remain closed until Wednesday, Sept. 13.
- Sandersville Municipal Court has been cancelled for Monday, September 11th. All defendants will be notified of new court dates by mail. Please call City Hall at 478-552-2525 if you have any questions. The online payment option is available for non-mandatory cases.
Washington County is bracing for Hurricane Irma
Several meetings took place last week to help government agencies prepare for the storm.
Washington County Public Schools announced that schools will be closed on Monday, September 11. They issued the following statement on Friday, September 8:
The Washington County School District works closely with local and state emergency management officials in periods of unstable weather conditions. After much discussion concerning hurricane Irma, it has been determined that Washington County Schools will be closed Monday, Sept. 11, for students and staff. Please check local media and websites for further updates.
We are sorry for any inconvenience that this decision may cause and thank you in advance for your understanding and support.
Dr. Donna Hinton
Brentwood School will also be closed on Monday, September 11. They issued the following statement:
Upon advice from emergency management, and based on the latest projected path for Hurricane Irma, Brentwood School will be closed Monday, September 11. We will continue to monitor the storm’s projected path and impact over the next few days, and I will make a decision regarding Tuesday at that time. All scheduled events for Monday are canceled. You will be notified concerning Tuesday as soon as conditions warrant a decision. Our prayers are for everyone’s safety during this time.
Anne R. Brantley
Head of School
Oconee Fall Line Technical College will be closed for three days (Monday, September 11 – Wednesday, September 13). The following is the notification from Oconee Fall Line Technical College’s website:
All Oconee Fall Line Technical College (OFTC) campuses will be closed Monday, September 11 to Wednesday, September 13 due to several college campuses serving as a Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) Logistical Staging Area for Hurricane Irma.
All OFTC campuses will be closed to the public and to students; no classes will be offered during these three days, including high school dual enrollment classes. All campuses will be closed Monday, September 11, 2017 through Wednesday, September 13, 2017.
The college is scheduled to resume normal operations on Thursday, September 14. Should this change the college will notify faculty, staff, students and the public and will provide updates with more information as details become available.
Georgia Military College’s Sandersville Campus will be closed on Monday, September 11. They issued the following statement:
For Sandersville Students and Employees: GMC’s Sandersville campus will be closed on Monday, September 11th. GMC leaders will assess on Monday if it is necessary to close on Tuesday.
(In addition, the Dublin campus will be closed on Monday, September 11).
Georgia Military College’s Milledgeville Campus will be closed Monday, September 11 & Tuesday, September 12. The following was posted on the GMC Facebook page on Friday, September 8:
For Milledgeville students and employees: This afternoon representatives from across our Milledgville departments met to discuss the impact Hurricane Irma will have on our area.
Based on the most current information we have from our local Emergency Management representative, we will be closed on Monday, September 11, and Tuesday, September 12. At this time, we are scheduled to resume operations on Wednesday and will continue to monitor conditions. We will make a determination no later than Monday afternoon whether the institution should remain closed on Wednesday.
Please check your GMC email on Monday afternoon for any updates to our schedule. Announcements will also be made via local media outlets.
As we’ve said before, GMC is a family. We care deeply for the safety and security of our students, faculty, and staff.
Please be safe over the weekend.
***Good Samaritan Shelter***
Sandersville First Church of the Nazarene opened its gym on Friday, September 8 at 4 p.m. to be a Good Samaritan shelter. According to Pastor Gary Mimbs, the church has a place for people to come inside from the storm and rest. There are no beds and no food will be served. There is limited shower facility at this location. Restaurants are within walking distance and a carpeted floor for people to sleep on. The church also has wi-fi and will do whatever they can to make people comfortable. They are not equipped to handle pets at this time. It is a first come, first served basis. They can house 150-200 people. Call 478-251-9013 for questions.
***Governor Declares State of Emergency for Washington County***
On Friday, September 8, Governor Nathan Deal expanded the state of emergency for 64 additional counties, including Washington County.
Following a recommendation from Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMA/HS) officials ahead of Hurricane Irma’s imminent landfall, Gov. Nathan Deal today expanded the state of emergency to include a total of 94 counties. In light of the storm’s forecasted track shifting west, which will bring hurricane force winds, rain and potential flooding, 64 additional counties are now under the emergency declaration. Mandatory evacuations for coastal areas east of I-95 and all of Chatham County remain in place and contraflow on I-16 will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday.
The additional counties include: Baker, Baldwin, Ben Hill, Berrien, Bibb, Bleckley, Brooks, Calhoun, Chattahoochee, Clay, Colquitt, Cook, Crawford, Crisp, Decatur, Dodge, Dooly, Dougherty, Early, Grady, Harris, Houston, Irwin, Jefferson, Johnson, Jones, Lamar, Lanier, Laurens, Lee, Lowndes, Macon, Marion, Meriwether, Miller, Mitchell, Monroe, Montgomery, Muscogee, Peach, Pike, Pulaski, Quitman, Randolph, Schley, Seminole, Stewart, Sumter, Talbot, Taylor, Telfair, Terrell, Thomas, Tift, Troup, Turner, Twiggs, Upson, Washington, Webster, Wheeler, Wilcox, Wilkinson and Worth Counties.
***Ways to Stay Informed***
Tune in to Waco100FM on 99.9FM or visit www.waco100fm.com for information concerning the storm.
Washington County offers CodeRed Weather Warnings for community notifications. Those registered will be notified by your local emergency response team in the event of emergency situations or critical community alerts. To register, visit www.sandersville.net, locate the “Code Red” icon, and complete the form . You may also contact the Sandersville Fire Department to register for that service.
Additionally, Washington County Emergency Management Agency has a Facebook page where information is posted. The Facebook is continuously updated with information to help notify the public. To find their Facebook page, search for “Washington County Georgia EMA.”
Georgia Emergency Management Agency, or GEMA, released the following statement concerning emergency preparedness:
It is critical for residents to monitor their local media reports, register for county emergency alerts, and download the Ready Georgia app to stay informed. Residents should pay attention to local authorities for advice and be prepared to take action.
Again, tune in to Waco100FM for more information specific to this area concerning Hurricane Irma.