Emergency Management

Posted on: June 1, 2017

2017 Hurricane Season

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This year’s hurricane season runs, as every year, from June 1st until November 30th. Even that window, however, is subject to change – this year’s first tropical storm, Arlene, formed April 20th, well before the official season began. NOAA and several hurricane specialists warn that this may be a somewhat busier year than usual, with more named storms than the past few years have seen, but with slightly fewer hurricane-strength storms. Regardless, these predictions are merely that: predictions. Actual hurricane formation, wind speeds, and landfall rates are by no means a certainty. It behooves us all to pay attention to forecasters, and to have a plan for emergencies and evacuations.

Please, be aware that the weather siren activation on the island is based on forecasts as well. When the siren goes off, it is an indication that everyone outdoors should seek shelter, regardless of the exact nature of the warning. If you are already indoors in your home or a rental, do not leave to go to a local secure site – those sites are there for visitors who do not have a local home or building to which they can go! In severe weather conditions, the only reason to leave your home is if an evacuation order has been announced.

Warning resources also include:

  • Official NOAA Weather Alert radios which can be purchased with a variety of features for pricing ranging from $12 or so, upwards to more than $60. Many multiband radios also include the weather broadcast frequencies as one or more of the bands available. Weather alerts will be broadcast continuously while in effect. The local weather broadcast frequency is 162.400 MHz. (All broadcast frequencies include: 162.400 MHz, 162.425, 162.450, 162.475, 162.500, 162.525, and 162.550 MHz.)
  • Your local radio or TV broadcasts will broadcast NWS weather alerts at least once when first issued, but they are not required to broadcast these notices continuously.
  • While severe weather alerts are in effect, the city will post the information at www.cityoftybee.org, on Comcast Local Access Channel 7, on Facebook, and on Twitter.
  • NWS and city-originated information for emergencies as well as utility outages and road closures can be found as well on the city web site, and are broadcast by subscription. To sign up to receive these notices, go to the city web page, scroll down to the “CivicReady” button on the left or on the bottom of every page, then follow instructions to sign up for subscribed notifications to your email, and /or to your phone as a voice call and/or as a text message. Detailed instructions for signing up are at the link “How to Sign-up or Modify Your Preferences for City of Tybee Island CivicReady Alerts
  • While a hurricane emergency is under way, CEMA provides a telephone information line at (912) 201-4500 where you can get evacuation information, shelter advisories, and the like.
  • There are a number of web sites to assist you in tracking active storms and hurricanes, including:
  • www.hurricanetrack.com
  • www.underground.com/hurricane
  • www.nhc.noaa.gov – National Hurricane Center
  • www.weather.com/weather/hurricanecentral
  • www.spaghettimodels.com
  • www.wtoc.com/category/79778/wtoc-hurricane-center
  • www.wsav.com/category/weather/hurricanecentral/
  • www.wjcl.com/weather

If you have special needs in terms of transportation or medical equipment that you can’t take care of yourself, please register NOW in advance of any emergency with the Chatham Emergency Management Agency at (912) 691-7443.

In order to plan effectively for emergencies, you should visit websites for each level of Emergency Management Agency and review material posted on each;

How to Sign-up for CivicReady Alerts
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