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Update: Fulton County winter weather advice
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February 11, 2014 11:54 AM | 2101 views | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Atlanta-Fulton Emergency Management Agency advises all residents to get prepared and stay informed to stay safe during this severe weather event.

While Fulton County facilities are closed Tuesday and Wednesday, first responders, public safety personnel, emergency management, emergency communications, transportation staff and all other mission-critical employees will continue to provide services.
The county issued the following winter storm advice from its agencies:

Health department:
Take precautions outdoors
Dress in layers of lightweight clothing
Wear warm hats, mittens or gloves, closed-in shoes and extra socks. Keep hands and feet dry. Cover mouth and nose with a scarf.
Go inside if tingling or numbness in hands or feet begins.

Medications:
Prepare a cooler filled with ice for medicines.
Store medicines in a safe place outside if necessary.
Adjust the schedule of oxygen or dialysis treatments.
Stay in contact with relatives or friends.

Food safety during power outages:
Unplug the freezer, refrigerator and other appliances, to protect them from electricity surges when power returns. Food will keep cold while refrigerator, freezers doors are shut.
Freezer items can stay frozen at least two days. Discard frozen vegetable packages that have reached room temperature. Fruits survive thawing with the least damage to quality. Discard shellfish, cooked foods, creamed foods, puddings, cream pies, meat and poultry reaching a temperature above 40° F. Discard partially thawed ice cream. Breads, nuts, doughnuts, cookies and cakes can be safely re-frozen if they show no signs of mold.

Fire Department:
Fire stations will be available to serve as warming sites and temporary shelters for residents and stranded motorists in the area. Locations are
Fire Station #1 – 5165 Welcome All Road, College Park 30349
Fire Station #3 – 4035 Stonewall Tell Road, College Park 30349
Fire Station #5 – 3175 Bethsaida Road, Fairburn 30213
Fire Station #7 – 5965 Buffington Road, College Park 30349
Fire Station #11 – 4760 Fulton Industrial Blvd., Atlanta 30336
Fire Station #13 – 5890 Plummer Road, Atlanta 30336
Fire Station #17 – 8675 Ridge Road, Fairburn 30213
Fire Station #19 – 3965 Aero Drive, Atlanta 30336
Fire Station #23 – 4121 Cascade Road SW, Atlanta 30331.
Motorists are advised to follow safe driving tips if they have to travel during the winter storm.

Heating safety:
Keep anything that can burn at least three feet from all heat sources.
Never use an oven to heat a home.
Plug electric space heaters directly into wall outlets and never into an extension cord or power strip. Always unplug your electric space heater when not in use.
Turn space heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
Fill kerosene heaters only with crystal clear K-1 kerosene, never gasoline or camp stove fuel, and use only in a well-ventilated room.
Never burn trash, paper or green wood in fireplaces. Use a screen to catch flying sparks. Do not wear loose-fitting clothes near any open flame. Make sure the fire is completely out before leaving the house or going to bed. Allow ashes to cool before disposing of them. Place ashes in a tightly covered metal container and keep the ash container at least 10 feet away from any building. Never empty the ash directly into a trash can. Douse and saturate the ashes with water.

Generators
Never plug a portable generator into a wall outlet. Do not use in rain or wet conditions. Operate it on a dry surface under an open, canopy-like structure. Do not touch generator with wet hands. Plug appliances directly into the generator or use a heavy duty, outdoor-rated extension cord that is rated in watts or amps at least equal to the sum of the connected appliance loads. Check that the plug has all three prongs, especially a grounding pin.

Emergency
A smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector dramatically increases chances of surviving a fire. Practice a home escape plan frequently.

Emergency housing:
Jefferson Place Transitional House for men, 1135 Jefferson St. at Marietta Blvd., Atlanta 30318, and Springdale Place Comprehensive Services Center for Homeless Women with Children, 2836 Springdale Road off of Cleveland Avenue, Atlanta 30315, will provide emergency beds for those without shelter. Call (404) 613-0412 or email leonard.westmoreland@fultoncountyga.gov.

Senior services:
Make emergency plans if on respirators or other electric powered medical equipment. Have batteries and flashlights. Keep cell phone charged. Have two-week supply of medications. Have copies of medical records, prescriptions and medical supplies available. Have contact lenses, extra eyeglasses and batteries for hearing aids ready to go. Include service animals and pets in all plans. Plan for transportation to alternative shelter in case of power interruptions or other emergency conditions.

Animal services:
Shorten dog walks in very cold weather, provide unlimited access to fresh, non-frozen water, clean fresh food, shelter with thick, dry bedding which is off the ground to minimize heat loss.
During winter weather cats seek warm places like under car hoods to stay warm. Residents are encouraged to bang loudly on their hoods before starting their vehicles.

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