1. Driving SLOWLY Possible

    "So the guidance on driving is slightly more relaxed - you can drive now LOCALLY for URGENT issues - e.g. to get food, drink, or heat for your family.. but please do not drive for other stuff and please be CAREFUL, drive slowly and TAP on the brakes"

     

  2. Update: 2/13/14

    Reposted from https://www.facebook.com/groups/snowedoutatlanta/

    PLEASE READ THIS FIRST!!

    Driving update - you may drive for urgent issues - e.g. to get medication, diapers, food and drink for your families but please restrict to LOCAL driving and drive CAREFULLY - slow, 1st gear, and tap on the brakes

    (this page will be constantly updated also - if you have something to add PM me)

    If you have a life-threatening emergency first call 911. After that consider the resources below.

    Social conversation, discussions and pretty pictures 
    ===============================
    If you are here to help people or get help, please stay here. If you are here to be social or because you are bored or want to post pretty pictures please go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/socialatlanta/

    Warming Centers,Shelters etc
    ==================
    NOTE if you cannot get to a shelter try these guys 
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/594070560679386/

    GEMAs list of shelters
    http://www.gema.ga.gov/content/atts/prepare/OpenShelters.pdf

    Kasim Reed’s list of shelters and warming stations appears to be the best
    https://www.facebook.com/KasimReed/posts/10152232755489669?stream_ref=10

    EMAS
    ====
    Useful for help with shelters, fallen trees and medical emergencies
    Cobb EMA
    http://portal.cobbcountyga.gov/index.php?option=com_content&id=388&Itemid=258
    Fulton EMA
    http://www.fultoncountyga.gov/afcema

    Red Cross
    =======
    404-876-3302
    1-800-RED-CROSS

    POWER OUTAGES
    ===========
    GENERATORS - if you are using one, please read this!!
    http://www.nsc.org/news_resources/Resources/Documents/Portable_Generator_Safety_Tips.pdf

    Georgia Power - Ice Storm Tips (Also report an outage here)
    ===============================
    http://georgiapower.com/in-your-community/storm-center/before/prepare-icestorm.cshtml
    Report an outage (888) 891-0938
    Txt based outage reporting/checkinghttp://www.georgiapower.com/about/outage-alerts-video.cshtml

    Useful info when preparing for outages
    ========================
    http://www.myajc.com/news/news/the-dark-side-avoiding-power-outage-problems/ndKJJ/?icmp=ajc_internallink_invitationbox_apr2013_ajcstubtomyajcpremium

    Report outages at Marietta Power and Water
    ===========================
    To report a non-emergency problem: call 770-794-5160

    Power-related emergencies: 770-794-5160

    Other Utilities
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    Marietta City Utilities Board
    675 N Marietta Pky Ne
    Marietta
    (770) 794-5192

    Cobb Electric Membership Cor…
    1000 Emc Pky Ne
    Marietta
    (770) 429-2100

    Marietta City Water Department
    627 N Marietta Pky Ne, ‪#‎B‬
    Marietta
    (770) 794-5230

    Industrial Power & Components …
    1536 Cobb Industrial Dr
    Marietta
    (800) 783-4591

    Cobb Energy
    1 reviews
    1000 Emc Pky Ne
    Marietta
    (770) 429-2222

    Sawnee EMC
    770-887-2363
    www.sawnee.com/storm

    http://www.sawnee.com/content/current-outages
    http://sawneearcgis.sawnee.com/sawnee.apps/outage-mobile/index.html

    To see where Power Outages are currently, click here for Georgia Power outages
    http://www.myfoxatlanta.com/link/676630/live-map-moitor-power-outages

    Click here for Marietta Power outages
    http://www.mariettaga.gov/city/mpw/power/outages

    Coweta EMC outages
    http://outage.utility.org/OMSWebMap/Map/OMSWebMap.htm

    Contact/Useful info
    =====================
    Children’s Health phone line (do NOT go out if your kids are sick, call this line)
    Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) Advice Line is 404-250-5437. The DIRECT LINE to the CHOA NURSES is 404-785-3100

    Useful info, up to date
    http://www.wsbradio.com/news/news/atlanta-traffic/nC7qX/

    Police Precincts open for stranded motorists
    http://www.gema.ga.gov/content/forms/PolicePrecinctsOpenForStrandedMotorists.pdf

    511 - Current Road situation map with cameras
    http://www.511ga.org/

    GEMA
    Website: http://www.gema.ga.gov
    E-mail:pao@gema.ga.gov
    Phone: (404) 635-7000 or1-(800)-TRY-GEMA (1-800-879 4362)

    Marietta
    Call 770-794-5334 and the Marietta Police Department will assist you.

    Kennesaw
    Call 770-422-2505 and the Kennesaw Police Department will assist you.

    Dunwoody Police
    678-382-6700

    Atlanta Police Dept
    (404) 614-6544
    https://www.facebook.com/AtlantaPoliceDpt
    www.twitter.com/atlanta_police

    Cobb County Govt
    http://portal.cobbcountyga.gov/index.php

    Cobb County Police
    770) 499-3900

    Cobb DOT
    (770) 528-1600
    http://portal.cobbcountyga.gov/index.php?option=com_content&id=599&Itemid=299

    Get Ready
    http://ready.ga.gov

    Red Cross shelter finder
    http://app.redcross.org/nss-app/

    USGS
    http://earthquake.usgs.gov

    National Weather Service
    https://www.weather.gov

    City of Atlanta
    http://www.atlantaga.gov
    on Facebook
    www.facebook.com/cityofatlanta

    Atlanta Fire Rescue Dept
    www.facebook.com/atlantafirerescue

    Atlanta Airport
    www.facebook.com/hartsfieldjackson
    http://atlanta-airport.com/

    Mayor Kasim Reed www.twitter.com/kasimreed

    SHELTERS
    =======
    To find a shelter, or to provide a shelter please see this link. There is a link to a form you fill in to add an address as a shelter and there is the link to the map so you can see all current shelters also.
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151908613968247&set=gm.408395582639791&type=1&theater

    Also the ajc has shelters here
    http://www.myajc.com/news/winter-storm-shelters/

    Emergency RSS Feeds 
    ==============

    I am testing out a new web tool that hopefully contains all the Emergency feeds you are likely to need over the coming few days - right now there is nothing much on it of course, but it will show its worth over the next few days I hope. I have not had time to create the full system I want to create so this is a “First step” so please bear that in mind when using it! 

    http://output29.rssinclude.com/output?type=fb&id=835708&hash=0b8f685707dd08ead13166fc73a500e4

    NOTE GEMA FEEDS show as ERRORS but if you click on them, then in the new window, remove the ? (question mark) and anything AFTER it, and then press press ENTER (Return) it should work

    GEMA now has a similar tool that is quite good see
    http://m.fema.gov/social-hub

    You can see most of these here too
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Atlantaemergencyfeeds/297681503714489

    The idea behind this is to prevent everyone having to go to 100 different websites to get the latest info. 

    Other sources of info
    =====================
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=267772576722222&set=a.267773076722172.1073741828.265434926955987&type=1&relevant_count=1

    Also see full list here
    http://emergency20wiki.org/wiki/index.php/Georgia_emergency_agencies_using_social_media

    Or Crisis Whisperer list here
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=267772576722222&set=a.267773076722172.1073741828.265434926955987&type=1&relevant_count=1

    Here is the page of rss feeds related to emergency mgt in GA
    http://output29.rssinclude.com/output?type=fb&id=835708&hash=0b8f685707dd08ead13166fc73a500e4

    School Closing info http://www.wsbtv.com/school-closings/search/ 

    Let’s Be Prepared Next Time!

    Put an Emergency kit in your car asap - there is snow expected next week and mid Feb!!

    a shovel
    windshield scraper and small broom
    flashlight with extra batteries
    battery powered radio
    water
    snack food including energy bars
    raisins and mini candy bars
    matches and small candles
    extra hats, socks and mittens
    First aid kit with pocket knife
    Necessary medications
    blankets or sleeping bag
    tow chain or rope
    road salt, sand, or cat litter for traction
    booster cables
    emergency flares and reflectors
    fluorescent distress flag and whistle to attract attention
    Cell phone adapter to plug into lighter 

    Please see further down page below for full details of how to pick up abandoned cars

    The main group https://www.facebook.com/groups/snowedoutatlantagot too big to help people so please use all these other groups according to location

    Please consider using South Atlanta group if you are in that area:

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/413082885492699/

    Please consider using the East Cobb one if you are in that area 

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/589920607758603/

    Please consider using the North Atlanta one if you are in the North of Atlanta but not in the East Cobb Area

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/1444363039127776/

    For Acworth use
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/564807276947716/

    West Atlanta use
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/207247732814789/

    Roswell area use (run by Kat-y Royale not by me)
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/575657735850242/

    For Dialysis Users see
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/snowedoutdialysis/
    (though we have no affiliation, we also have no knowledge of dialysis so we trust this group to provide you with what you need)

    If you know of additional resources, email breakingnews@ajc.com and we will add the information to this list.

    Note that other groups have cropped up starting SnowedOut - they are nothing to do with 
    the official groups (started by Michelle Sollicito) above though they appear to be helping people too.

    PLEASE PLEASE POST HELP ON OUR MAP
    If you can, place your address on this map if you are offering shelter:

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/397839673695382/permalink/398071427005540/?stream_ref=2

    The rss feed page has input from the following sources: 

    RSS Feeds
    ==========
    AJC alerts
    http://www.ajc.com/…/ajc-auto-list-iphone-topnews/aFKq/

    CDC alerts
    http://www2c.cdc.gov/podcasts/createrss.asp?t=r&c=19
    http://emergency.cdc.gov/rss/hurricanepsas.xml

    GA Weather alerts
    http://alerts.weather.gov/cap/ga.php?x=1

    One minute weather update from GEMA
    http://www.gema.ga.gov/rss_generator.nsf/rss?openagent

    GEMA Website Updates
    http://www.gema.ga.gov/rss_generator.nsf/rss?openagent

    GDOT (511)
    News and alerts
    http://cdn.511ga.org/RSS/alerts.xml
    http://cdn.511ga.org/RSS/incidents.xml

    USGS Significant Earthquakes from the past hour
    http://earthquake.usgs.gov/…/significant_hour.atom&_bc=1

    USGS Mag 4.5+ Earthquakes past hour
    http://earthquake.usgs.gov/…/v1.0/summary/4.5_hour.atom

    River alerts from National Weather Service
    http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/rss/alert/ga.rss

    GetReady
    http://ready.ga.gov/GetReady/feed/
    http://www.ready.ga.gov/rss/feed/press-releases

    Complaints
    =======
    If you do not like what someone posts or comments, do not like it and do not comment on it - then it will simply disappear off of the page. If you keep liking and commenting you are giving them what they want - ATTENTION!
    You can flag posts that you think should be removed. When we are really busy we may not have time to remove posts and in some cases we may keep posts that are flagged even though you do not like them because they may add value to the conversation for some people.
    PLEASE DO NOT PM me about people who are posting bad stuff you do not like - just ignore them and they will GO AWAY

    Admins
    =====
    Rachel Bruce
    Jelena Crawford
    Walter Thomas Little
    Yasemin Yalcinkaya
    Beth Bennett
    Michelle Sollicito

     

  3. Shelter locations

     

  4. Shelter for Stranded Atlantans

    I found this information originally posted on Facebook by SnowedOutAtlanta, but found that you can’t access the info if you don’t have a Facebook page. So I created this entry for those without a Facebook account. 

    SHELTER LOCATIONS (Google Maps):

    Click this link: https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=zCPqWODXYzLY.kQ7WuEIEQXNs

    Shelter Locations by Area:

    Ponce/Briarcliff

    Druid Hills United Methodist on Ponce/Briarcliff as a shelter for those stranded. 1200 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306
    (404) 377-6481.

    Marietta

    Call 770-794-5334 and the Marietta Police Department will assist you.

    HOME DEPOT is taking in stranded motorists at many locations

    Kroger at Eastlake is allowing stranded drivers to stay there the night
    So is Walgreens at Roswell Rd/E Piedmont
    Johnson Ferry Baptist Church is open to stranded drivers

    Walmart Neighborhood Market on Canton Rd is open all night

    Cedar Crest Church - We’re OPEN! If you’re stranded on Hwy. 41/Cobb Pkwy and can get to us safely, we are ready for you! The fire’s going and the coffee is hot. Come on in and get away from the weather. We’ll be open as long as we need to be! Please share to help spread this!

    We are located just north of the intersection of Cedarcrest Road and Highway 41 in Acworth, next to Wellstar. Please share this message to help spread the word!

    Walgreens at Sandy Plains/Shallowford is currently open and welcomes folks to come in. However, they can’t give an exact time of when they are closing. 10pm at the absolute latest.

    Reinhardt University in Waleska has reportedly opened a shelter for stranded motorists.

    Kennesaw

    Call 770-422-2505 and the Kennesaw Police Department will assist you.

    Sandy Springs

    The City has opened Hammond Park Gym tonight to serve as a shelter for stranded motorists. The City is coordinating with the American Red Cross on efforts. Hammond Park is located at 705 Hammond Drive at Glenridge. Address: 705 Hammond Drive at Glenridge, Sandy Springs, Georgia 30328. Phone: 770-206-2035

    The American Red Cross opened a shelter at Hammond and Glenridge drives to anyone who is stranded. Officers who come across stranded motorists are offering rides to the shelter.

    If you are near 285 and Riverside Dr in Sandy Springs, our church Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church located at (805 Mt Vernon Hwy NW, Atlanta, GA 30327) on Mt. Vernon Hwy is open, warm and welcoming. Phone: (404) 255-4023.

    The county’s fire department is offering shelter in fire stations for motorist that may be stranded and without heat. Call 911 to report your location.

    Both Publix and fire stations are providing shelter if you can get to one of them!

    Options in Cherokee county:

    • Revolution Church on Union Hill Trail
    • Action Church on Marietta Rd in Canton (Old Mc Farlands)
    • Woodstock First baptist church bldg A on highway 92
    • Hasty Student Center at Reinhardt College and
    • Kings Academy on Arnold Mill Rd

    Vinings

    HOME DEPOT is taking in stranded motorists at many locations

    Others

    There is shelter at Church of St. Andrew, right at the Riverside Dr exit from I-285, inside I-285. Place to sleep if you are OK with sleeping on the floor.

    Acworth

    Cedarcrest Church, 4600 Cobb Pkwy. NW, is open. The telephone number is 678-460-3500.

    Roswell

    Northminster Church, 2400 Old Alabama Rd., has food and blankets for anyone who needs help, said Lisa Holland, the spokeswoman for the Roswell Police Department.

    If you know of additional resources, email breakingnews@ajc.com and we will add the information to this list.

    FOR THOSE OFFERING SHELTER (thanks Rachel Bruce):

    ***HELPERS AND OFFERS OF SHELTER… A map has been created for people to offer shelter and pin their marker. (Special thanks to Jelena Crawford.) This may make it easier for those stranded to find shelter.

    1. Click on the following link:https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=zCPqWODXYzLY.kQ7WuEIEQXNs
    2. Type your street address or closest intersection (e.g., Main St. at Elm Street) into the search box and click on the magnifying glass.
    3. Click on the lime green marker with your mouse.
    4. Click on “Add to Map”
    5. Click on the (now) RED marker again, then click on the pencil to “Edit”.
    6. Type your contact info and offer of shelter, or paste your FB profile hyperlink or the link to the thread in which you are offering help into the larger text box.
    7. Click “Save”
    8. Once you are “full” for the night, please remove your marker.

    Photo/Map Credit: Jelena Crawford — with Jelena Crawford and 2 others.