(SAVANNAH) There’s a collective sigh of relief for emergency planners and residents in every county along the Georgia and South Carolina coasts. The Coastal Empire and Lowcountry dodge yet another bullet as Tropical Storm Erika diminished this weekend. That move put the brakes on emergency planners facing decisions like issuing evacuation orders in Chatham County.
The Chatham Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) deactivated after entering the weekend at Condition 4, the level of very close monitoring of a storm during hurricane season. All eyes were on Erika as it fizzled and dumped heavy rain as the storm limped across the Florida peninsula. The Interim Director of CEMA, Dennis Jones, says Erika should serve as a reminder to all residents. Everyone should have a plan for the day when a major storm strikes Savannah. ” Put together, if you haven’t already done so, your family preparedness plan. Make sure you know where you are going to go. How you are going to get there, and also put together a kit, if you haven’t already done that.” Jones said.
Jones says a basic disaster kit is inexpensive. It should have provisions for several days, including food, water, and medicine, but Jones says that’s not all. ” Also in your kit, make sure you have necessities for children ..Uh they tend to get bored on long drives. Have things for them to keep them entertained. Make sure you have provisions for your pets as well.” said Jones. Click the link below to connect to the CEMA website for hurricane preparedness.