Where can I get weather information about forecasts, watches and warnings?
Links included on the website
Be sure to purchase a weather radio (Click “Purchasing a Weather Radio” under ‘Links’.) You can also click “Weather Forecasts and Alerts” under ‘Links’ for warnings, radar images and forecasts for your area. You can also sign up for CodeRED weather warnings here.
Where are the shelters in Floyd County?
Shelters, most of which are schools, are spread out in various locations throughout the county. Buildings are designated as shelters by the American Red Cross and are designated based on their temporary housing capacity (such as having a large gymnasium), sanitary facilities (large number of bathrooms and showers) and food-serving capacity (cafeteria).
When do we go to the shelters?
One or more shelters may be opened after a significant disaster has left a large number of people homeless. Due to the area and typical hazards in Floyd it is rare that any shelters would be opened prior to any disaster. Shelters are not opened for people to go to during severe weather, as the shelters are not necessarily any no more ‘weather-proof’ than any other structure in the county. Similarly, shelters- most of which are schools- are not bombproof or radiation-proof, so they do not serve as bomb shelters or fallout shelters. Floyd County does not have any public bomb and/or fallout shelters.
I would like to see if my business could serve as a shelter in times of disaster. Who do I contact?
The American Red Cross designates and approves all shelters in Floyd County. Please contact the Floyd County Emergency Management Office if you are interested in having your business serve as a shelter 706-236-5002. Local business can contact the American Red Cross by visiting www.redcrossatlanta.org to find out what constitutes a Red Cross approved shelter.
Where and how can I receive CERT (Citizen Emergency Response Team) training?
CERT Training application are available on the website or you can call 706-236-5002 to fond out when the next class is available. Please check the Cert link on our web site for more information regarding the CERT program and training.
You may also receive training and information via distance learning through FEMA by clicking here. Enroll in IS 317- Introduction to Community Emergency Response Teams to learn more about CERT.
Where do I get help after a disaster?
One important concept to keep in mind is how a ‘disaster’ is defined. In order to be declared a federal disaster, the extent of damage typically has to affect a large number of Georgia’s counties and/or its population- and the damage reach many millions of dollars in value. In 2004, there were fewer than 70 federally declared major disasters in the United States and its protectorates. Of those, Georgia qualified once when over 30 counties received substantial damage from Hurricane Ivan. Federal aid will only be issued if there is a Presidential Declaration for the State of Georgia that includes Paulding County. A Presidential Declaration is based on the financial ability of the local governments to recover from a large-scale event as well as the extent of any damage. In some instances State aid will be made available in the form of low interest loans, etc. The American Red Cross also provides immediate assistance in the form of cleanup kits, food and temporary housing on a situational basis. For more information see “Disaster Help” under ‘Links’.
Local governments will generally respond to disasters with the resources they have on hand. These resources are the same used for normal and emergency operations and are often limited in their availability and the scope of assistance they can provide. In some instances mutual aid can be sought from neighboring jurisdictions. Once the governor of a state declares a disaster at the state level state resources and personnel (such as the National Guard) can be made available. Most counties and cities do not keep food, water, medical supplies, etc. stockpiled in the event of a local disaster; and even if they did have the means to do so they generally lack the resources to distribute them very effectively in a timely manner during or immediately after a disaster. Disaster assistance from the state and/or federal government, if it is available and/or authorized, may take days or even weeks to arrive and be available. This is why the most important thing you can do to help increase your and your family’s survivability in a disaster is to plan and prepare before the disaster occurs. Have a disaster kit, plan on how you would survive if our infrastructure (i.e.: utilities) were impacted and unavailable for use and where you might go (friends, relatives, hotel, group shelter) if you had to leave your home for a brief or extended period. The planning and preparation that you take before a disaster are the steps that help you survive during and after the disaster. If you wait until the disaster arrives before taking any steps your odds of survival will be greatly diminished. Without sufficient planning, at worst, you and your family may not survive the event; and at best, your quality of life will likely be severely impacted. Set aside a day to complete FEMA’s IS-22 Course (“Are You Ready? An In-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness”) and start your disaster planning.
What can I do to stop terrorism?
Homeland Security depends on information getting to the right people at the right time.
It is very difficult for Floyd County’s law enforcement agencies to have a presence throughout all of Floyd County at all times due to our population and size. This is why it is important for you to be a vital part of our homeland security efforts.
No one knows what is suspicious or out-of-place in your community or workplace better than you. Your eyes and ears are the crucial source of information that guides our law enforcement efforts in thwarting the terrorists’ efforts.
If you observe suspicious activity that requires immediate response, you should contact Floyd County 911. If you have information about suspicious activity which is no longer in progress, you should call the Floyd County 24-Hour Crime Tip Hotline at 706-236-5000. Your identity will be kept confidential.
Know what to look for
Someone recording or monitoring activities, including the use of cameras (both still and video), note taking, drawing diagrams, writing on maps, or using binoculars.
Anyone or any organization attempting to gain information by mail, fax, telephone, or in person about government operations or personnel.
Tests of Security
Any attempts to test public safety response times or breach security at special events or government-operated buildings.
Purchases or thefts of explosives, weapons and ammunition, uniforms or patches, vehicle decals, badges and ID’s (or the equipment to make them), or other controlled items without proper identification or paperwork.
Suspicious Persons or Vehicles
Persons or vehicles that do not seem to belong there, whether it’s your neighborhood, workplace, a parking lot, or anywhere else.
Putting people into position and moving them about without actually committing a terrorist act such as a kidnapping or bombing. A dry run could also include mapping out routes and determining the timing of traffic lights and flow.
Positioning people and supplies to commit the act. This is the last opportunity to alert the authorities before the terrorism occurs.
Your call can make a difference.
You may hold the missing piece of the puzzle that can prevent an act of terror.
Your tip can save lives at home and abroad
Terrorist organizations have spread across the globe and their support structures are everywhere.
Your eyes and ears are the most powerful tool in our homeland security toolbox. Through your vigilance and determination to protect our country, you can be the one to stop terrorism in its tracks.
All you have to do is make the call to report suspicious activity.
Here are some helpful information when reporting suspicious activity:
“against all enemies, foreign and domestic…” (from the U.S. Army Oath of Enlistment)
Terrorist organizations can be international or domestic.
While al-Qaeda comes to mind when we think of the war on terror, domestic terrorism is also a threat to our homeland security. We must realize that the terrorists themselves are as diverse as the nations on the earth, but their activities will look much the same. Terrorism, whether international or domestic, poses a threat to Americans and their families both here and abroad.
We must be alert to terrorist activity from any group and report it promptly.