After Irma: Important information for Chatham County

Below is a list of important information and links for Chatham County residents. For additional information from Chatham Emergency Management Agency, visit here.

Damage reports:

To report damage, downed power lines etc., contact CEMA’s Emergency Operations Center at 912-201-4500.

Residents can report damage and submit photos, such as downed power lines, trees, flooding, and washout through the Chatham Connect app available here.

Also, residents are encouraged to report damage to GEMA here.

School Make-up Days:

The Savannah-Chatham County Public School System seeks to make up lost instructional time for students.

The following dates are proposed, and must be approved by the Board:

  • 10/09/2017    (Currently designated as a Staff Planning Day)
  • 11/20/2017    (Designated Make-Up Day)
  • 11/21/2017    (Designated Make-Up Day)
  • 12/18/2017    (Currently designated as School Staff/Student Holiday)
  • 12/19/2017    (Currently designated as School Staff/Student Holiday)
  • 12/20/2017    (Currently designated as School Staff/Student Holiday)

The proposal will be presented on September 25.

Stay up to date:

Text ‘FOLLOW CHATHAMEMA’ to 40404 to be added to the SMS notification list. Standard text messaging rates apply.

Insurance Help:

On September 20 and 21, the Catastrophe Claims Village will be set up at the Home Depot on Abercorn Street from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Stop by if you need help filing an insurance claim or if you have questions about what is covered.

Service Center:

The Red Cross Service Center be open at 55 Al Henderson Blvd. in Savannah from September 20 to September 22.

Hours of operation are from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Services may include recovery planning and assistance, health and mental health support, clean-up supplies and more.

*All participants will be asked to provide proof of residence as part of the casework process.


To check on outages with Georgia Power, go to or to report an outage to Georgia Power, call 1-888-891-0938.

Road closures:

To check on road closures in Chatham County, go to

Debris removal:

Chatham County Public Works crews have started the process of debris removal. They are in the Isle of Hope and Shipyard/Pin Point areas. Other locations will be included as additional resources come available.

Residents are encouraged to contact their local municipality for hours of operation and services.

For individuals in need of assistance, they are encouraged to call 800-451-1954.

Beginning Thursday, September 14 crews will be removing debris in the unincorporated areas.

Normal, non-critical, functions have been suspended such as roadside mowing, street sweeping, and normal dry trash pick-up.

Chatham County has not waived rules and restrictions to the curbside collection program.

The Chevis Road Drop-off Center and the Wilmington Island (Concord Road) Drop-off Center will be open beginning at 8:30 am Wednesday, September 13.

The Sharon Drop-off Center on Kelly Hill Road will be open beginning at 8:30 am Thursday, September 14.

*Remember to keep vegetative debris separate from other waste. Do not place debris in the roadway or over utilities and storm drains.

Emergency Food Distribution:

On Sept. 20 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia, 2501 East President Street, will provide emergency food box, produce and water to needy families affected by Tropical Storm Irma. One box per family–please bring ID.

Food replacement benefits available for SNAP recipients

In the wake of Hurricane Irma, Step Up Savannah would like SNAP recipients to know that there may be additional benefits available to assist those who lost food during Irma-related power outages.

Individuals wishing to request this assistance need to fill out and submit a DFCS Form 841.

This form can be submitted at the DFCS building (761 Wheaton St, Savannah, GA 31401). You can also email the completed form to or fax it to 912-401-0341.

If you do not have access to a printer and need to complete the form in person you may come to the Step Up office at 428 Bull Street, Suite 208; M-F between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. or one of the partner locations. Click here to find one.

Please note the following:

These benefits are only for current SNAP recipients who lost power for more than 4 hours and lost food as a result of the power outage. You will not need to verify the power outage – DFCS will verify this information.

This is time sensitive and needs to be completed within 10 days of the event.

You need to include your client ID number (found on EBT card) or the last 4 digits of your SSN and DOB if you don’t have your client ID number (client ID number is best).

Food Stamps assistance:

CEMA cannot replace food stamps or provide financial assistance for individuals.

Individuals are encouraged to call 1-877-423-4746 or contact your local DFCS representative to complete paperwork for potential replacement of food stamps for those already receiving food assistance.

City of Tybee 

  • Irma Clean Up Assistance: During the Irma crisis aftermath, if you need help, call: 1-800-451-1954. If you would like to volunteer, call: 912-651-7725


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