First thing's first...where can you get real-time information?
The answer? Two places.
As Hurricane Michael tracks towards the Gulf Coast, our energy partners are actively monitoring the storm. Be prepared and keep safety first during and after severe weather. Stay updated with tools and resources at the links.
FS/HAAF Information Hotline: 866-586-3116 Download the Info Sheet
ACS FS: 912-767-1257, ACS HAAF: 912-315-6816
What's in a storm?
Predictions for the 2018 season
12 to 15 named storms
6 to 8 hurricanes
3 to 5 major hurricanes (CAT 3 or above)
Remember, it only takes 1 hurricane to have a bad year!
Tropical Storm vs. Hurricane
Hurricane season brings all types of weather. Here's some descriptions of what you can expect.
Tropical Disturbance: A moving area of thunderstorms is in the tropics.
Tropical Depression: An area of low pressure, rotary circulation of clouds and winds up to 38 mph are identified.
Tropical Storm: A storm characterized by counterclockwise circulation of clouds and winds 39-73 mph are brewing, and system is given a name.
Hurricane: Tropical storm has graduated with intensity, with sustained low-level winds of 74 mph or greater. System continues with same name.
Major Hurricane: Category III, IV, or V.
Storm Surge and Coastal GA
Storm Surge: A domeof water pushed ashore by winds during tropical storms and hurricanes. Storm surges can reach 25 feet high and be50-100 miles wide.Storm Tide: A combination of storm surge with normaltide, increasing the amount of water.
Am I in a storm surge area? Find your county and area on the Red Cross site to view maps of storm surge threats.
Watch vs. Warning
For Tropical Storms
Tropical Storm Watch – Issued when sustained winds * from 39 to 73 mph pose a possible threat to a specified coastal area within 48 hours
Tropical Storm Warning – Issued when sustained winds * from 39 to 73 mph are expected in a specified coastal area within 36 hours
* Sustained winds are defined as a 1-minute average of the winds measured at 10 meters (33 feet) above the ground.
Hurricane Watch – Issued when hurricane conditions,
including sustained winds 74 mph or greater, pose a possible threat to a
specified coastal area within 48 hours
Hurricane Warning – Issued when hurricane conditions, including sustained winds 74 mph or greater, are expected in a specified coastal area within 36 hours
CAT 1 - Minimal Damage (winds 74 - 95 mph, surge 4-5 ft)
CAT 2 - Moderate Damage (winds 96 - 110 mph, surge 6-8 ft) Small trees down, roof damage
CAT 3 - Extensive Damage (winds 110 - 130 mph, surge 9 - 12 ft) Moderate to heavy damage to homes, many trees down
CAT 4 - Extreme Damage (winds 131 - 155 mph, surge 13 - 18 ft) Major damage to all structures
CAT 5 - Catastrophic Damage (winds over 155 mph, surge over 18 ft) Severe damage to all structures.
Goes into effect automatically on 1 June and remains until 30 November. Characterized by a normal duty posture where plans are reviewed and refined as necessary. Advanced stage of preparedness.
Sustained tropical force winds of 50 kts/58 mph or greater which have the potential to impact garrison area within 96 hours.
Sustained tropical force winds of 50 kts/58 mph or greater which have the potential to impact garrison area within 72 hours.
Sustained tropical force winds of 50 kts/58 mph or greater which have the potential to impact garrison area within 48 hours.
Sustained tropical force winds of 50 kts/58 mph or greater which have the potential to impact garrison area within 24 hours.
Preparing to evacuate
Monitor media reports. Watch local / Marne TV, listen to AM/FM or NOAA weather radio and check the Internet often for official news.
Keep your vehicles at least half full of fuel in case you have to evacuate.
Evacuate when advised to do so.
Make a plan and prepare to evacuate. Plan your evacuation route by using maps and identifying alternative routes. Click HERE for the GA 511 Navigator MAP!
Pets should not be left behind, but understand that only service animals are permitted in shelters. Plan how you will care for your pets and bring extra food, water and supplies for them.
Develop a family communication plan by designating an out-of-town contact that you can call. Ask them to contact other people who care about you, to let them know your status. Write contact information including name, home, work and cell phone numbers and e-mail address.
Prepare your home
Bring inside: lawn furniture, trash cans, hanging plants, outdoor decorations or ornaments, or
anything else that can be carried by the wind.
Close windows and doors, then close hurricane shutters or install pre-cut plywood.
Note: Tape does not prevent windows from breaking, so taping windows is not recommended.
How to prepare
Have an emergency supply kit ready.
Know how to turn off your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems without
damaging the components.
Know how to close and secure doors, windows, vents and other exterior openings quickly.
Identify potential interior space for sheltering-in-place.
How you will be notified
Any of the following emergency warning procedures may alert you to temporarily shelter-in-place:
• A voice announcing system using exterior (“Giant Voice”) and interior speakers or sirens
• Automated Community Notification Systems for sending recorded voice messages or text
• Emergency Alert System (EAS) broadcasts on the radio or TV
• Residential route alerting—messages announced from vehicles with loudspeakers
Actions to take when temporarily sheltering in place
• Bring everyone safely inside to an interior room or one with as few windows and doors as
• Turn off all HVAC systems.
• Close and secure all doors, windows, vents and other exterior openings.
• Have an emergency supply kit accessible.
• Listen to the radio or TV for further instructions.
• When the “all clear” is announced, open windows and doors, turn on ventilation systems and go
outside until the building’s air has been exchanged with the outside air.
• Once you are in a safe place, report to your command if you are military or civilian personnel or a member of the selective reserves.
How to make the plan
First, put together a plan by discussing these 4 questions with your family:
1. How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings?
2. What is my shelter plan?
3. What is my evacuation route?
4. What is my family communication plan?
Click HERE to find some printable communication plans.
☑ Water – 3 gallons/person
☑ Food –Breakfast, lunch, and dinner for everyone (make sure it’s nonperishable!) & can opener
☑ Battery-powered NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries
☑ Flashlights and extra batteries.
☑ First Aid Kit
☑ Local maps
More items to consider
Can opener (non-electric)
Clothing (including rainwear)
Bedding, sleeping bags, & pillows
Extra car keys
(store in a waterproof container):
Social Security card
Proof of residence
Birth and marriage certificates
☑ Formula & bottles
☑ Diapers & any medications
☑ Prescription medications
☑ Denture needs
☑ Contact lenses and extra eye glasses
If you have family members with special needs, you might need to evacuate early.
Call the EFMP office if you have questions.
Ensure you pack all of your family members medications.
If your child requires a tracking wrist band, ensure he or she is wearing it when you evacuate.
☑ Water – don’t forget bowls!
☑ Food & treats
☑ Cat litter and litter box
☑ Pet medications and records
☑ Leashes, harnesses and carriers
☑ Current photos of pets
☑ Pet beds and toys