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Severe weather can happen anytime, in any part of the country. Severe weather can include hazardous conditions produced by thunderstorms, including damaging winds, tornadoes, large hail, flooding and flash flooding, and winter storms associated with freezing rain, sleet, snow and strong winds.
Understand the type of hazardous weather that affects you and your family where you live:
In the event of inclement weather, priority 1&2 bridges are the first roadways to be pre-treated/treated to ensure the safest travel.
Winter Weather & Seasonal Tips
Winter storms often bring dangerously low temperatures, strong winds, snow, ice, sleet and freezing rain. With temperatures currently near freezing, and dipping into single digits at night, it’s important to take steps to protect your property and health.
The Department of Public Works monitors weather conditions on weekly basis during snow/ice season. It is our goal to ensure that the city continues to be ready, well prepared, and safe for inclement weather response.
Protect the three p’s: people, pets and plants.
- Wear layers of clothing.
- Wear gloves, mittens and hats; cover your mouth with a scarf.
- Ensure children are properly dressed, especially as they wait for the school bus.
- Bring pets indoors. Animals are susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia.
- Bring potted plants indoors. Cover outdoor plants with cloth, burlap or plastic at night to prevent roots from freezing.
Make sure your home and vehicle are ready.
- Have a backup for your electrical power as freezing temperatures create a heavy demand for electricity. If you use a generator, be sure to use it outdoors in a well-ventilated area.
- Allow indoor plumbing fixtures to drip; this prevents freezing by permitting water to trickle through the pipes.
- Keep your vehicle’s gas tank and antifreeze full to prevent ice from forming in the tank and fuel lines.
Spring Weather & Seasonal Flooding Tips
Failing to evacuate flooded areas, entering flood waters, or remaining after a flood has passed can result in injury or death. Flooding is a temporary overflow of water onto land that is normally dry. Floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States.
The Department of Public Works monitors weather conditions through our partners, The Atlanta-Fulton County Emergency Management Agency (AFCEMA) and National Weather Service (NWS), to ensure the best practices are exercised for flooding preparedness measures.
What You Should Know About Flood Safety
- Make a family emergency communication plan and include pets.
- Have emergency supplies in supplies in place at home, at work, and in the car.
- Check on your neighbors to make sure they’re okay.
- Know what to do before, during, and after a flood.
- Flood insurance takes 30 days to take effect, so purchase now to protect your family.
- Listen to local officials by radio, TV or social media
- Evacuate when advised by authorities or if you are in a flood or flash flood prone area.
- If you are on high ground above flooded areas, being prepared to stay where you are may be the best protection.
- Never drive or walk through flooded streets; Turn Around, Don’t Drown! Do not go through flood waters.
Basic Safety Tips
- Turn Around, Don’t Drown!
- Avoid walking or driving through flood waters.
- Do not drive over bridges that are over fast-moving floodwaters. Floodwaters can scour foundation material from around the footings and make the bridge unstable.
- Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away.
- If there is a chance of flash flooding, move immediately to higher ground.
- If floodwaters rise around your car but the water is not moving, abandon the car and move to higher ground. Do not leave the car and enter moving water.
- Avoid camping or parking along streams, rivers, and creeks during heavy rainfall. These areas can flood quickly and with little warning.
Summer Weather & Seasonal Tips
In preparing for the summer season, it's important that we also prepare for the one weather factor that is considered an invisible disaster, EXTREME HEAT. Each year, heat is one of the leading weather-related killers in the United States, resulting in hundreds of fatalities and even more heat-related illnesses.
The Department of Public Works monitors weather conditions through our partners, The Atlanta-Fulton County Emergency Management Agency (AFCEMA) and National Weather Service (NWS), to ensure the best practices are exercised for heat safety within the department and the public.