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Hurricane Idalia


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Hurricane Idalia News Release #6

City Services Will Fully Reopen On Friday

SAVANNAH (Aug. 31, 2023 9:15 AM) – The City of Savannah will return to full operations on Friday, Sept. 1, following the impact of Hurricane Idalia. 
 
 Sanitation collection services resumed today on a modified schedule. Wednesday’s collection routes began today with subsequent collections resuming on Friday. 

Vegetative debris should be set out according to normal yard waste guidelines. Residents should understand that large piles require special heavy lift equipment. Thus, some waste collection will take longer to complete. Additional guidelines on debris collection will be shared in the coming days. 

Power outage status can be checked through Georgia Power at outagemap.georgiapower.com. 

Stormwater and Park and Tree crews are addressing all stormwater or tree-related issues today and this weekend. Residents are reminded to use caution on roadways with debris or down power lines. The City is working as quickly as possible to clear debris and downed trees. 

Please remember if you come to a stoplight that is not functioning, treat it like a four-way stop. 

For questions about City services or to submit a service request, residents can call 311. Service requests can also be submitted online at Savannahga.gov/311request.  

City employees are encouraged to call into the City’s emergency information hotline for updates at 833-251-6020.

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Hurricane Idalia News Release #5

SAVANNAH (Aug. 30, 2023 3:00 PM) City of Savannah government offices will remain closed through Thursday, August 31, due to inclement weather from Hurricane Idalia. 

All critical workforce for the City will be expected to report for duty for storm-related efforts and should plan to check in with their supervisors. All emergency essential services, including public safety, sanitation, water and sewer, stormwater, park and tree, and traffic engineering will respond at full capacity as weather permits.

The following impacts to City services on Thursday, August 31 will be: 

  • All non-emergency essential City government offices will be closed.
  • In-person payments at the Coastal Georgia Center for utility, tax, license, and other fees will be closed.
  • Recorder’s Court will be closed.
  • In-person services with the Office of Special Events, Film, and Tourism will be suspended.
  • Building closures, including all services within, will include City Hall, Civic Center, Community Centers, Cultural Arts Center, Floyd Adams City Services Complex, Savannah Municipal Services Annex and the Savannah Entrepreneurial Center.
  • Non-emergency public safety offices will be closed, to include police records.

 

Sanitation collection services will resume on Thursday, Aug. 31 on a modified schedule. Wednesday’s collection routes will begin on Thursday with subsequent collections resuming on Friday. Vegetative debris should be set out according to normal guidelines. 

For questions about City services or to submit a service request, residents can call 311. Service requests can also be submitted online at Savannahga.gov/311request.

 

Updates on road closures due to flooding will be posted at savannahga.gov/floodalert. For updates specific to the City of Savannah, residents are encouraged to follow @cityofsavannah on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and Twitter, or visit savannahga.gov/hurricane  

 

City employees are encouraged to call into the City’s emergency information hotline for updates at 833-251-6020.

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Hurricane Idalia News Release #4

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SAVANNAH (Aug. 30, 2023 11:15 AM) – The City of Savannah has ordered all tour operations to be suspended for the remainder of the day beginning at noon due to inclement weather from Hurricane Idalia. 

The City will open a Safety Center at the Savannah Cultural Arts Center, 201 Montgomery St., for those who need a space to get out of the storm. Sleeping cots, water, and snacks will be provided as supplies are available. The Safety Center will be open at noon today and close at 8 a.m. Thursday morning. Pets cannot be accommodated. 

Residents are urged to limit travel today as weather conditions worsen and continue to follow updates from the City of Savannah on all social media platforms.

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Hurricane Idalia News Release #3

SAVANNAH, GA (Aug. 29, 2023 4:15 PM) – The City of Savannah will consider imposing a curfew on Wednesday at 6 p.m. until Thursday at 6 a.m. if weather conditions necessitate a curfew be put in place for public safety. 

An announcement will be made tomorrow if a curfew is implemented. Residents are urged to limit travel tomorrow as weather conditions worsen and continue to follow updates from the City of Savannah on all social media platforms.

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (Aug. 29, 2023 12:00 PM) – Based on expected impacts from Hurricane Idalia, Mayor Van R. Johnson, II will declare a state of local emergency in Savannah effective Aug. 30 at 6 a.m.   

A state of local emergency provides the City Manager the authority to execute emergency management plans and procure necessary resources to prepare for and respond to any impacts brought on by Hurricane Idalia. 

Savannah residents and businesses are urged to review emergency plans and kits ahead of the arrival of inclement weather. Information on preparedness can be found at ready.gov/hurricanes.

City government offices, with the exception of essential emergency functions, will be closed on Wednesday, Aug. 30. A decision regarding Thursday’s operations will be made based on storm impacts.

All emergency essential services, including public safety, water and sewer, storm water, park and tree, and traffic engineering will respond at full capacity as weather permits.

The following impacts to City services will begin on Wednesday, August 30:

  • All non-emergency essential City government offices will be closed.
  • In-person payments at the Coastal Georgia Center for utility, tax, license, and other fees will be closed.
  • Street cleaning night services will be suspended.
  • The Dean Forest Landfill and Bacon Park Convenience Center will be closed.
  • Recorder’s Court will be closed.
  • In-person services with the Office of Special Events, Film, and Tourism will be suspended.
  • Building closures, including all services within, will include City Hall, Civic Center, Community Centers, Cultural Arts Center, Floyd Adams City Services Complex, Savannah Municipal Services Annex and the Savannah Entrepreneurial Center.
  • Non-emergency public safety offices will be closed, to include police records.

Sanitation collection services will continue through the day on Tuesday, Aug. 29, but will be suspended on Wednesday, Aug. 30. A modified collection schedule will be announced once the storm has passed. 

Sanitation customers are also reminded to clear properties of debris and secure refuse and recycling carts, as they can become projectiles during high winds. 


Hurricane Idalia News Release #1

SAVANNAH (Aug. 28, 2023 5:15 PM) – Based on expected impacts from Tropical Storm Idalia, the City of Savannah is taking proactive measures that include checking on infrastructure and making sure citizens and businesses are actively preparing ahead of potential impacts. 

The City is actively monitoring the storm and preparing for its arrival. The greatest impacts to our area are expected to occur Wednesday through Thursday. Updates regarding government functions and services will be shared with the public as those decisions are made.  

As the storm approaches, the City would like to remind residents of a few essential things that should be done now: 

  • Understand your hurricane/tropical storm risk. Whether on the coast or inland, this storm can impact all residents
  • Make an emergency plan for your family and ensure everyone is aware of the plan 
  • Check with your employer for their continuity plan 
  • Make sure to have updated insurance information and proper documentation 
  • Strengthen your home by de-cluttering drains and gutters and securing outside items (furniture, lawn equipment, decorations, plants, campaign signs, etc.)
  • Keep your cell phone charged and consider purchasing a backup battery 
  • Sign up for alerts from the Chatham Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) by texting CEMA to 77295
  • Download the FEMA app to receive real-time updates from the National Weather Service
  • Responsibly gather supplies you may need in case of power outages or flooding

For questions about City services or to submit a service request, residents can call 311. Services requests can also be submitted online at Savannahga.gov/311request.

For updates specific to the City of Savannah, residents are encouraged to follow @cityofsavannah on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter. 

WATER UTILITIES, SANITATION, AND STORMWATER UPDATES

Sanitation collection services will continue through the day on Tuesday, Aug. 29, but will be suspended on Wednesday, Aug. 30. A modified collection schedule will be announced once the storm has passed. 

Sanitation customers are also reminded to clear properties of debris and secure refuse and recycling carts, as they can become projectiles during high winds