PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS

Periodically we do issue a PSA to our Pierce County Community, and if there is a current announcement it will be posted below.

EFFECTIVE DATE SEPTEMBER 12, 2017


All Pierce County Offices will resume normal operations tomorrow, Wednesday, September 13th.

Pierce County Schools will be closed tomorrow. A determination regarding Thursday classes will be made tomorrow once more reports of power restoration are received.

The Pierce County Road Department is working on fixing the roads and are prioritizing the roads based on typical traffic pattern while taking into account those roads that will be more heavily travelled due to the need to go around some impassable roadways. Once we have the primary roads taken care of we will continue to work on the secondary routes to help all citizens get back to normal.

Walkerville Road and Chancey Road are currently closed.

We know this storm has created an inconvenience to many and we are using all of our resources to their fullest extent to get everyone back to normal as quickly as possible.

We will continue to keep you posted as our operations continue to regain services.

Thank you for your patience.

EFFECTIVE DATE SEPTEMBER 11/12, 2017


HURRICANE IRMA CLEAN UP:
All citizens and visitors are asked to please keep the roadways clear, and only go out if necessary, this is for both your safety, and to allow our crews to get power and clean-up efforts completed as quickly and safely as possible.
The following shelter will remain open for those who need to await access to their homes due to power or impassable road issues.

Blackshear Church of God
411 W. Carter Ave., Blackshear
Contact: Colleen Youmans – 614-3202
colleengy@gmail.com
Pets: In Crates

All Pierce County Government offices will be closed on Tuesday, September 12th due to widespread power outages and clean-up efforts that are taking place.

All Pierce County Schools and school related activities are cancelled for tomorrow, Tuesday, September 12th. A determination for Wednesday will be made Tuesday morning depending on power restoration and road access across the county.

We also ask for your patience as we work to restore some impassable roads throughout the County. As soon as winds subside, the local utility companies will be working to restore power and assist our Public Works with clearing trees.

EFFECTIVE DATE SEPTEMBER 10, 2017


HURRICANE IRMA PREPARATION STATEMENT #7:
ALL CITITIZENS AND VISITORS SHOULD BE IN THEIR LOCATIONS READY TO WEATHER THE STORM BY SUNDOWN ON TONIGHT!
DO NOT LET YOUR GUARD DOWN WITH CURRENT REPORTS BEING SHARED BY VARIOUS SOURCES. THIS STORM HAS CHANGED MANY TIMES AND WILL CONTINUE TO DO SO AS IT PROGRESSES FORWARD. STAY VIGILANT!

Pierce County continues to be under a Tropical Storm Warning and a Flash Flood Watch.

The 8:00 AM report from the national weather service has shown re-strengthening of Hurricane Irma to a CAT 4 with sustained winds of 130 mph. The projection for Pierce County is that this storm will travel even further to our west with the eye entering Southwest Georgia at approximately 2:00 pm Monday. Although this track takes Irma further to our west we will still experience strong winds, rainfall accumulations between 8-15 inches, and a significant threat for tornadoes during the evening hours tonight through the entire day tomorrow. Please finalize all preparations for these dangerous conditions by noon today. If you are remaining home, be sure to inform someone away from you where your interior shelter will be. We are still being told to expect sustained winds of between 40 and 60 mph with higher gusts. Please continue to take extreme caution with this storm. Winds from this storm are expected to be in our area beginning as early as sunset Sunday and will continue through as late as sunrise Tuesday morning. We are currently experiencing light to moderate winds from a local Nor’easter located off of the east coast of Georgia.

There are currently three “Good Samaritan Shelters” throughout the county. Another shelter will open at 1 p.m. on today. Evacuees should come prepared with bedding, toiletries, food, and medications. We are receiving reports that the Red Cross shelter at the high school has reached its capacity and that the secondary shelter is filling quickly.

Available shelters are listed below

EFFECTIVE DATE SEPTEMBER 9, 2017


HURRICANE IRMA PREPARATION STATEMENT #5/6:
Please take heed and check your property for any items that may become dangerous during this storm. Tie down loose items securely or move them inside before the storm hits. Check on your neighbors to ensure they are able to do the same. This will prevent any unnecessary injuries or property damage due to the strong winds expected from this storm.

ALL CITITIZENS AND VISITORS SHOULD BE IN THEIR LOCATIONS READY TO WEATHER THE STORM BY SUNDOWN ON SUNDAY!
Hurricane Irma is a strong CAT 3 hurricane located about 145 miles Southeast of Key West. The projection for Pierce County is that this storm will travel a little further to our west near about Valdosta. We will see strong winds, rainfall accumulations between 8-15 inches, and a significant threat for tornadoes during the evening hours. Please make preparations for these dangerous conditions which will be occurring overnight. If you are remaining home, be sure to inform someone away from you where your interior shelter will be. We are still being told to expect sustained winds of between 40 and 60MPH with higher gusts. Please continue to take extreme caution with this storm. The storm is expected to be in our area beginning as early as sunset Sunday and will continue through as late as sunrise Tuesday morning.

We will be providing another update at 9:00 AM Sunday, September 10, 2017.
There are currently four “Good Samaritan Shelters” throughout the county. Another shelter will open at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Evacuees should come prepared with bedding, toiletries, food, and medications. Residents with medical issues should use the Red Cross Shelter located at Ware County High School, 700 Victory Dr., Waycross.

PLEASE NOTE: The NFC building and Pierce County Schools are NOT shelters.

People living in mobile homes or unsafe structures need to move to a safe location before 2 p.m. on Sunday.

These shelters are first come, first served. Spots cannot be reserved. All shelters are ADA compliant.

There are 4 shelters listed below, here is a 5th that has been added

Opening Sunday – 1 PM
New Life Church

2191 Golf Course Rd., Blackshear
Contact: Terry Szeker – 441-4942
tntszeker@atcbroadband.com
Capacity: 150
Pets: No
Generator: No

People interested in volunteering at a shelter can email the Pierce County Chamber of Commerce at piercechamberofcommerce@gmail.com. Volunteers will be notified if a need arises.

For information on sheltering a pet, at the Waycross Fairgrounds, contact Jennifer Weiss at (912) 288-5351.
After the storm has passed use extreme caution when assessing the damage. If you see downed trees, do not attempt to remove any limbs until you are certain that no power lines are in the area.

For your safety, a Local State of Emergency has been declared for Pierce County.

Please continue to follow us on our official website http://pc.pcgeorgia.com/psa/ or on Facebook at Pierce County GA Government for future updates, and share this information with your family and friends. You may also listen to the following radio stations for official updates, WWUF 97.7, WKUB 105.1 and WSGT 107.1.

EFFECTIVE DATE SEPTEMBER 9, 2017


HURRICANE IRMA PREPARATION STATEMENT #4:
Hurricane Irma continues to be a strong CAT 4 hurricane located about 225 miles South Miami, FL. The projection for Pierce County are that this storm will travel a little further to our west near about Valdosta. At that location, the storm will have weakened to a strong tropical storm and may even still have some CAT 1 strength. We will see strong winds, rainfall accumulations between 8-15 inches, and a significant threat for tornadoes during the evening hours. Please make preparations for these dangerous conditions which will be occurring overnight. If you are remaining home, be sure to inform someone away from you where your interior shelter will be. We are still being told to expect sustained winds of between 40 and 60MPH with higher gusts. Please continue to take extreme caution with this storm. The storm is expected to be in our area beginning as early as sunset Sunday and will continue through as late as sunrise Tuesday morning.
We will be providing another update at 4:00 PM Saturday, September 09, 2017.
Beginning on Saturday, Pierce County will have four “Good Samaritan Shelters” throughout the county. Another shelter will open at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Evacuees should come prepared with bedding, toiletries, food, and medications. Residents with medical issues should use the Red Cross Shelter located at Ware County High School, 700 Victory Dr., Waycross.

PLEASE NOTE: The NFC building and Pierce County Schools are NOT shelters.

People living in mobile homes or unsafe structures need to move to a safe location before 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Opening Saturday – Noon
Blackshear Church of God
411 W. Carter Ave., Blackshear
Contact: Colleen Youmans – 614-3202
colleengy@gmail.com
Capacity: 200
Pets: In Crates
Generator: No

Opening Saturday – Noon
Youmans Chapel Church
3497 Dean Still Rd., Blackshear
Contact: Rhonda Richey – 550-5673
Leslie Welch – 670-4196
leslie.welch@piercecountyga.gov
Capacity: 100
NOT ON CITY WATER
Pets: In Crates
Generator: No

Opening Saturday – Noon
Patterson Baptist Church
5770 Main St., Patterson
Contact: Teresa Leggett – 614-8080
teresaleggett2014@gmail.com
Capacity: 200
Pets: No
Generator: Yes

Opening Saturday – 4 PM
Emmanuel Baptist Church
217 W. Carter Ave., Blackshear
Contact: Lynn Harris – 550-1942
lynn@ebchurch.net
Capacity: 80
Pets: In Crates
Generator: Yes
Opening Sunday – 1 PM
New Life Church
2191 Golf Course Rd., Blackshear
Contact: Terry Szeker – 441-4942
tntszeker@atcbroadband.com
Capacity: 150
Pets: No
Generator: No

People interested in volunteering at a shelter can email the Pierce County Chamber of Commerce at piercechamberofcommerce@gmail.com. Volunteers will be notified if a need arises.
For information on sheltering a pet, at the Waycross Fairgrounds, contact Jennifer Weiss at (912) 288-5351.

After the storm has passed use extreme caution when assessing the damage. If you see downed trees, do not attempt to remove any limbs until you are certain that no power lines are in the area.
For your safety, a Local State of Emergency has been declared for Pierce County.

Please continue to follow us here on our official website or on Facebook at Pierce County GA Government for future updates, and share this information with your family and friends. You may also listen to the following radio stations for official updates, WWUF 97.7, WKUB 105.1 and WSGT 107.1.

EFFECTIVE DATE SEPTEMBER 8, 2017


HURRICANE IRMA PREPARATION STATEMENT #3:
Hurricane Irma is tracking on a projected path that will bring her up the spine of Florida. Currently the forecast conditions for our area will be strong sustained winds 45-55 MPH with gusts of 55-65. Rainfall is expected to accumulate between 5-10 inches. The heaviest winds are expected to arrive between about sunset Sunday evening and midnight and will persist for approximately 24 hours. As of the 2:00 PM update, the National Weather Service is showing hurricane force winds that extend 70 miles, and tropical storm force winds 185 miles from the center of the storm. This will change as the hurricane comes into contact with land so please continue to follow our updates.

All residents and visitors are urged to finalize your readiness plans immediately. If you are in a mobile home or a structure that you feel unsafe in, plan to move to a safe location before noon Sunday. Traffic in the area has increased with evacuees coming from the coast and from Florida. If you are traveling, please allow for a much longer travel time than normal and understand that all evacuees are feeling the same pressures you are so please be extremely patient.

If you lose power, remain calm. Power outages may be expected from this storm for a period of up to three days in most cases. When sustained (continuous) winds are above 40 MPH, emergency crews will not be able to respond to your needs. You will be on your own until the storm has subsided and crews can then begin responding.

After the storm has passed use extreme caution when assessing the damage. If you see downed trees, do not attempt to remove any limbs until you are certain that no power lines are in the area.

For your safety, a Local State of Emergency has been declared for Pierce County.
Please continue to follow us for future updates, and share this information with your family and friends.

EFFECTIVE DATE SEPTEMBER 8, 2017


REPUBLIC SERVICES:
Republic Services has suspended services until after the storm. Please be patient and stay safe.

EFFECTIVE DATE SEPTEMBER 7, 2017


HURRICANE IRMA PREPARATION STATEMENT #2:
Hurricane Irma is still a very strong hurricane located to the Southeast of Florida. This extremely dangerous storm is expected to impact our area Sunday evening into the early morning hours of Monday and beyond. The greatest impact from this storm will be extreme wind and wide spread power outages. Many unknown details as to the exact strength of this storm exist.

Sheriff Bennett is asking all residents to be prepared for the worst and if you have a safe location further inland that you can travel to, please plan to do so as quickly as possible. Many of the state roadways are already heavily congested which will require a lot more time to get to where you are going safely. Please plan ahead and be patient with other travelers who are working to get out of the way of this storm. Your life is much more valuable than your personal property.

Initial estimates are indicating that we will see sustained winds near 45 miles per hour. Emergency Services are unable to respond when sustained wind speeds exceed 35 miles per hour so there will be a long period that you and your family will be on your own until services are able to be restored. Make your plans now to ensure you and your family are safe.

EFFECTIVE DATE SEPTEMBER 6, 2017


HURRICANE IRMA PREPARATION STATEMENT:
Pierce County Emergency Management Director, Leonard Roberts, asks all citizens continue to prepare
for the possibility of impact from Hurricane Irma. As part of your preparations please ensure you that
you have done the following:

Put Together an Emergency Kit for

  • CONSUMABLE WATER – One (1) gallon of water per person per day for at least three (5) days
  • FOOD – At least a five-day supply of non-perishable foods (bread, canned goods, dry soups, etc.)
  • Battery powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
  • Flashlight with new batteries installed
  • First aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • Propane or charcoal for cooking OUTDOORS ONLY
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery
  • Prescription medications if required (oxygen to cover you for 7-10 days)

Inventory your personal property

  • Take photos or videos of your property
  • List all property with serial numbers, purchase dates, receipts, etc. and keep in a zip-lock bag with your emergency kit

Preparation for evacuation

  • Be sure fuel tanks of vehicles are full before the evacuation is announced
  • Be sure to have all insurance information with your evacuation kit (auto, health, home)
  • Be sure to tell several friends and loved ones where you will be going and what route you will be taking
  • Pillows and blankets for each person traveling

Pierce County will continue to provide updates on their website under the PSA link and on FaceBook,
which will also include, emergency shelters and pet friendly shelters. Please remain calm as we have a
large number of evacuees heading in this direction. Plan for extra time before travelling and ensure that
you are being patient during this event.


 

EFFECTIVE DATE AUGUST 25, 2017


PRECAUTIONARY STATEMENT:
Pierce County Emergency Management Director, Leonard Roberts, has received word that a raw sewage spill has taken place in Coffee County, Georgia infiltrating the Seventeen Mile Creek near the headwaters of the Satilla River.

The spill has resulted in approximately 720,000 gallons of raw sewage escaping into the waters which is expected to travel down the Satilla River and be in the Pierce/Ware County area by Sunday.

Please avoid all recreational activities until we have been given the all-clear from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division. If you come into direct contact with untreated water from the Satilla River please ensure that you are practicing good hygiene by thoroughly washing any affected areas.

We will be keeping all citizens informed of any changes as we receive further information from Georgia EPD. If you have any questions, please contact the Pierce County Emergency Management Director at (912) 449-2040.


UPDATE AUGUST 31,2017

UPDATE on the sewage spill from DNR, Bert Deener. As of this afternoon, the spill in the Seventeen Mile River has been absorbed up in the swampy area that the spill occurred in and has not made it to the Satilla River as expected due to low flow levels in the area. People can resume normal activities in the river.

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