Flash Flood Watch in effect in White Co.

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WHITE COUNTY, Ga. — A flash flood watch issued after 9:34 p.m. Saturday continues in effect for White County through Sunday evening. Rain totals between 2-4 inches are expected.

At 4:15 a.m. today (Oct 11) White County Public Safety observed flooding increased overnight from minor to moderate.

Lake Bridge on Webster Lake Bridge Road, Airport Road Bridge, Charlie Thomas Bridge and one portion of Beaver Ruin Drive are closed

Severe thunderstorm watch in effect

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PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. – The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Lumpkin, White, Habersham, Rabun, Towns, Union, Fannin and Gilmer counties. Damaging winds up to 70 miles per hour can be experienced along with large hail of up to 2 inches and isolated tornado.

At 4:25 a.m., White County Public Safety issued a warning that several roads were close due to fallen trees.  The roads are Hwy. 115 East in the area of Black Road; Hwy. 17 at Little Hawk Road and Hwy. 255 North between Old Rabun Lane and Sautee Woods.

New app will deliver emergency notices to White County residents

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 WHITE COUNTY, Ga. – Through an existing contract with OnSolve LLC, will begin delivering public safety alerts through the company’s public safety app of choice, the CodeRED Mobile Alert.

The app, which is a free download on the App Store and Google Play, will allow White County residents and visitors to receive free emergency, missing person and community alerts via push notifications directly to their iPhone and Android devices.

 

David Murphy, Public Safety Director, said the new platform will serve as an additional tool to help inform the community and visitors about important information that may impact their safety. “The app works similarly to our current CodeRED system. If you have the app downloaded and are in an affected area of the alert, a notification will be sent through the app to alert you of the issue,” Murphy said.

 

County residents can sign up for Code Red in several ways. From the county website at www.whitecounty.net from the White County Public Safety Facebook page by clicking the Sign Up button or by texting “WhiteCoAlerts” to 99411 to sign up.

Residents are encouraged to sign up immediately to begin receiving notifications from White County. The app is available for a free download on the App Store and Google Play.

For more information concerning this press release contact the White County Emergency Management Agency at 706-865-9500.

 

 

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Public Safety Director says first responders have treated patients with coronavirus symptoms

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David Murphy

WHITE COUNTY, Ga. – As of Wednesday (March 25) morning, no confirmed cases of COVID-19 had been reported in White County. But Public Safety Director David Murphy told county commissioners during Tuesday’s called meeting that first responders had encountered several patients who had symptoms of coronavirus and were awaiting test results.

Murphy told commissioners that the county is not immune to the virus but is fortunate it has a smaller population and its citizens typically follow the guidelines of state and local officials. He added, “I have said it is not a matter of if something would happen. It’s a matter of when.”

Four weeks ago, Murphy and his teams began to review the county’s Pandemic Response Plan. As a result, the county has moved seamlessly into an annexation of the plan.

Murphy said he expects the executive order issued by Gov. Brian Kemp earlier this week will need to be extended or additional orders added beyond the April 6 deadline. He added the purpose of the order is to flatten the curve and stop the virus from overwhelming the health care system.

“This will last for weeks and we will probably see cases rise in our state and nation. This will probably get worse before we start seeing things turn around.”

But he also said he is encouraged by what is going on nationally. “We are seeing the full force of our federal government working to provide necessary equipment and supplies and researching for anti-viral drugs to stop this virus or, at least, mitigate the effects. All hands are on deck.”

 

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Public Safety Director: “Prepare don’t Panic”

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David Murphy

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WHITE COUNTY, Ga. –The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is closely monitoring the outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19) first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China in December 2019, and is regularly coordinating with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

White County Pandemic Task Force continues to meet and prepare for any local response actions they may become necessary as this situation continues to develop. We have one message to our community: PREPARE DON’T PANIC.

There are NO COVID-19 cases in White County at this time. Our county school system and Truett McConnell University will be closing for precautionary preparedness measures beginning Monday. White County Government will be closing the Senior Citizens Center, White County Library Cleveland Branch and the Parks & Recreation Facilities beginning Monday morning as well. These closings are again in an abundance of caution to help prevent the spread of this virus and protect those persons most vulnerable to the disease.

“As always we encourage our citizens to prepare for any emergency or disaster situation that could occur in White County. PREPARE DON’T PANIC” says David Murphy, Director of Public Safety. “A great website for preparing for disasters is ready.gov or you can contact our office at 706-865-9500 during normal business hours.”

You can now access information directly at www.whitecounty.net , and click on the CONOVIRUS emblem. This will link you to a newly created page with updated information from White County Government, the CDC, Georgia Department of Public Health and our local White County School System. Links will be added as valuable information becomes available.

“I want to assure the citizens of White County that our emergency management team is meeting regularly regarding the growing pandemic concerns and assure everyone that White County has not only a Pandemic Response Plan but also has maintained a Continuity of Operations Plan to support our community.  By having these plans in place for the last several years, it helps us to be better prepared when these situations arise,” states Travis Turner, Chairman of the Board of Commissioners.

He added, “I would like to personally encourage our community to prepare and not give into panic but to also use common sense measures regarding you and your family’s health and well-being.  Also, I would like for us all to be vigilant in prayer for not only our White County community but our entire country and to encourage one another as we anticipate successfully overcoming this health obstacle.  Please know that any decisions we make on behalf of our county will be done in an abundance of caution and safety.”

For more information concerning this press release contact the White County Emergency Management Agency at 706-865-9500.

Crews continue to clear roads in White County

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Cleveland, Ga. – White County Public Safety (WCPS) issued a statement today around 11:15 a.m. stating that roadways in the county were dangerous and mostly impassable.

WCPS further advised for the public to stay home as crews work to treat the roadways and released in that statement “The road conditions are dangerous, we have multiple cars in ditches and blocking roadways”.

Much of North Georgia has been impacted by a winter weather event that has passed through our area, and White County has faced many of the roadway problems seen in surrounding regions.

Robert Graham, Director of the Fannin County Emergency Management Agency, explained what took place in North Georgia leading to these threatening conditions: “The pavement was wet when the snow started falling, so the wet areas on our roadways have turned to ice.”

The soft blanket of snow left many motorists feeling confident that their four-wheel-drives could handle the conditions, but the layer of ice underneath the snow is what has left many stranded on the side of roadways.

While there is a small window where citizens will see the snow begin to melt off, it is expected to refreeze tonight causing areas of black ice. It is advised to not travel tonight unless absolutely necessary.

White County Public Safety continues to urge the public to “stay home and off the roads today”.

FYN will continue to bring you weather updates throughout the day.

 

Featured image courtesy of White County Public Safety Facebook page showing Towns Creek Road.

ALERT: White County roads closed due to flooding

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WHITE COUNTY, Ga. — White County Public Safety reports that as of 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, several White County roads are closed due to flooding:

Roadways Closed:

Charlie Thomas Rd @ Bridge

Sandy Flats Rd from Far Winds Rd to Lumpkin County Line

Bottoms Rd off SR17

Lynch Mountain Rd from House# 234 to Bridge

Roy Powers Rd near Bridge

Weather Alerts In Effect:

Flash Flood Watch until February 7, 07:00am

Flood Warning until February 6, 07:45pm

Weather Forecast: 

Tonight

Showers, mainly before midnight. Low around 36. West wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Friday

A chance of rain and snow showers, mainly before 8am. Partly sunny, with a high near 42. West wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Friday Night

A 10 percent chance of snow showers after 5am. Mostly clear, with a low around 30. West wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.

School System:

Delayed opening for 2-hours on Friday.

Damage Reported:

Sink Hole and wash out, AnyTime Fitness, 1801 US Hwy 129S, Cleveland

Residential Fire reported 50 Eagle Ridge Trail, fire in kitchen, quickly extinguished, units still on-scene as of this report.

 Some rain will continue to fall, runoff will continue to cause some issues over the next couple of hours.  Some roadways are damaged, but passible.  Do not drive through flooded areas.  Report any issues to 9-1-1.

Fetch Your News will continue to monitor the situation and post notices as they become available.

White County issues storm damage report

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WHITE COUNTY, Ga.– White County Public Safety Director David Murphy provided the following damage/injury update following the storm that passed through Cleveland and Helen area over the weekend:

  • 19 reports of trees down (including a tree on a vehicle on Albert Reid Rd. There was one minor injury to occupant)
  • 8 reports of lines down
  • Multiple reports of damage to business signs within the city limits of Helen.
  • 1 reported tree on residence at 407 Pless Rd, Cleveland

WCPS, GEMA encourage winter weather preparedness

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CLEVELAND, Ga. –Georgia continues to prepare and be better equipped for each winter season, and this year is no different White County along with the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency, are encouraging Georgians to take time to get ready for possible inclement weather emergencies this winter.

“Winter Weather Preparedness Week is a great time for White County residents, businesses and schools to prepare for all potential winter hazards,” said David Murphy, Director of Public  Safety. “Since winter weather all over Georgia can be unpredictable, we’re hopeful that our residents will prepare now for potentially dangerous storms so if or when extreme weather hits, they won’t be caught off guard.”

Winter Weather Preparedness Week will encourage White County citizens’ awareness of winter weather hazards, a better understanding of winter weather terminology and preparation for severe winter weather. Each day concentrates on different aspects of severe winter weather and provides critical information for preparedness. The focus for each day is as follows:

Monday, Dec. 2: Winter Weather in Georgia — learn about winter weather hazards that can impact the state of Georgia;

Tuesday, Dec. 3: Winter Weather Terminology — learn about winter weather alerts (watches, warnings and advisories) and what they mean;

Wednesday, Dec. 4: Winter Weather Preparedness Tips — learn how to best prepare for winter weather events, and put together a Ready kit while making a plan before winter weather strikes;

Thursday, Dec. 5: Winter Weather Driving Tips/Safety — learn best practices for driving (if necessary) in winter weather conditions and how to pack a mobile Ready kit;

Friday, Dec. 6: Winter Weather Outlook for 2019-20 season Families can visit gema.georgia.gov/plan-prepare/ready-georgia to learn how to prepare for emergencies, create family communications plans and more. To learn about specific risks in your area, contact us at 706-865-9500.

 

As part of the Office of the Governor, GEMA/HS works with local, state and federal governments, in partnership with the private sector and faith-based community, to protect life and property against man-made and natural emergencies. In addition, GEMA/HS employees are on 24-hour call statewide to assist local authorities when disaster strikes. GEMA/HS’s www.gema.ga.gov Ready Georgia campaign helps Georgians prepare for disasters. Go to gema.georgia.gov for information on developing a custom emergency plan and Ready kit.

Flood Safety Preparedness Week begins Monday

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For Immediate Release:
March 8, 2019

News Release

CLEVELAND,Ga. — Flooding can happen anytime it rains, with little or no time to prepare and evacuate with your loved ones. White County Public Safety partners with the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency for Flood Safety Preparedness Week on March 11-15. The week encourages residents and their families to prepare for the event of flooding.

Each day during the week will focus on a different flood safety tip, the dangers of flooding and how Georgians can prepare before flooding happens. White County Public Safety is encouraging all residents to dedicate time to practicing emergency response procedures and learn how to deal with floods,

“Floods and flash floods can reach full peak in only a few minutes,” said David Murphy, Director of White County Public Safety. “By taking steps to prepare before it strikes and knowing evacuation routes, you can ensure that you and your family stay safe. White County residents are urged to work through communication plans and safety measures at home so they will be ready if or when a flooding event happens.”

Flood Safety Preparedness Week begins with Flood Safety, Preparedness, and Awareness Day on March 11. Each day offers a different tip on how to prepare.

Monday, March 11 – Flood Safety, Preparedness, and Awareness
Tuesday, March 12 – Turn Around, Don’t Drown
Wednesday, March 13 – Flood Hazards
Thursday, March 14 – NWS Water Resources and Services
Friday, March 15 – Partner Services

For more information about Flood Safety Preparedness Week and events occurring locally, visit www.whitecounty.net or contact 706-865-9500

White County Fire Services receives $2,500 grant

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Public Safety Director David Murphy

CLEVELAND, Ga. – FM Global, one of the world’s largest commercial property insurers, presented White County Public Safety Director David Murphy with a check for $2,500 last week to help fire service respond to emergency situations.

The award will be used to assist with pre-fire planning to efficiently collect and track data related to local community buildings.

Because fire continues to be the leading cause of property damage worldwide, during the past 40 years FM Global has contributed millions of dollars in fire prevention grants to fire service organizations around the globe. Locally, the company has awarded grants to a number of Georgia-based organizations.

“At FM Global, we strongly believe the majority of property damage is preventable, not inevitable,” said Michael Spaziani, assistant vice president – manager of the fire prevention grant program. “Far too often, inadequate budgets prevent those organizations working to prevent fire from being as proactive as they would like to be. With additional financial support, grant recipients are actively helping to improve property risk in the communities they serve.”

To learn more about FM Global’s Fire Prevention Grant Program and other resources for the fire service,  visit www.fmglobal.com/fireservice. Established nearly 200 years ago, FM Global is a mutual insurance company whose capital, scientific research capability and engineering expertise are solely dedicated to property risk management and the resilience of its client-owners.

 

 

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‘Active shooter’ training exercise at White County Middle School April 4

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CLEVELAND, Ga . — White County Public Safety Director David Murphy wants the public to be aware that an “active shooter training” exercise will take place at White County Middle School on Wednesday, April 4, from 7 a.m. until noon.

This is a joint exercise by the school system, Cleveland Police Department, White County Sheriff’s Office, White County Public Safety, Cleveland Fire Department and the Georgia Emergency Management-Homeland Security Agency.

Murphy said the exercise will evaluate the plans for both the system and first responders in the event an actual situation should occur. This exercise will include volunteer students and faculty from White County Schools and Truett – McConnell University.

The public should be aware of the increased presence of personnel on this date and not be alarmed as this is only an exercise of emergency response plans.

School systems and public safety personnel all across Georgia have conducted these exercises for some time, but the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 students and faculty Feb. 14, has led to a heightened awareness of the importance of such exercises.

 

 

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White County after-the-storm assessment

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Public Safety Dir. David Murphy

CLEVELAND, Ga.—White County Public Safety Director David Murphy provided an after-the-storm assessment, following last week’s inclement weather.

“I don’t know if drivers realized the effects of the snow melt, causing a layer of ice under the snow,” Murphy said. “Salt and pre-treatment causing the melt, with temperatures being so cold, it froze as a layer of ice.  You cannot scrape ice off the roadway. This particular snow was dry in comparison to the snow back in December.  The snow was more like pellets than flakes and most likely contributed to the quick freeze into an ice layer.”

Murphy reported more than 25 motor vehicle accidents. Some included multiple vehicles, but only minor injuries were reported and none required transport to hospitals. There were also 14 reports of vehicles that could not move due to icy conditions.

Road closures included the west side of Westmoreland Road, Town Creek Road, Hwy. 129 south between Industrial Drive and Collins Road, Hwy. 115 east between the Habersham County line and Hwy. 254.

The White County School system was closed on Wednesday and Thursday due to icy conditions and wind chill advisories. Government offices were closed and delayed openings due to icy conditions.

White County Public Works Department pre-treated bridges and problem areas while spreading over 150 tons of material in response to icy conditions. All county fire stations were manned from late Tuesday through Wednesday afternoon.

Murphy added that no power outages were reported, no requests were made for made for comfort shelters and no fires were reported during the period.

 

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No injuries reported in Thursday mobile home fire

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CLEVELAND, Ga. — No injuries were reported when a single-wide mobile home caught fire Thursday afternoon at 68 Aardvark Trail off Camelback Road.

White County Public Safety Director David Murphy reported units from White County Stations 4, 5 and Tanker 2 responded shortly after 4:45 p.m. along with mutual aid units from the City of Cleveland and Lee Arrendale State Prison.

In a press release, Murphy stated that units responding reported heavy smoke conditions from the area prior to arrival.  Firefighter arrived on scene to find the home was 50 percent involved and had partially collapsed..

No one was at home at the time of the fire and no cause has been determined.  Fire investigators were called to the scene. American Red Cross was also called to assist the victims. Road conditions in the neighborhood caused a delay in apparatus getting to the home, however, Murphy said it was not a contributing factor to the loss

New 9-1-1 system will bring White County into 21st century

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CLEVELAND, Ga. –  This new 9-1-1 phone system will bring us into the 21st century, Public Safety Director David Murphy told White County commissioners during the work session on Monday.

The new age system Murphy was describing is an AT&T product that comes with a price tag of a little more than $222,000, but it has several features that could be critically important to those in need of emergency services.

First, it allows the caller’s location to be pinpointed even if the caller doesn’t know where he or she is. That is critical in White County where first responders are often called upon to locate lost or injured hikers remote and rugged terrain.

Next the system will accept text messages. That feature can save a life in a situation when someone has broken into a home, the occupant is forced to hide and is afraid to speak. Instead of communicating by voice, they can test the 9-1-1 message.

Murphy says the new system is a critical need.

“The current equipment was installed in 2007 and has outlived its usefulness,” Murphy told commissioners Monday. “Also the company it was purchased from is no longer in business and portions of it no longer work.”

This new equipment will meet the requirements coming down from the Federal Communications Commission that 9-1-1 systems be able to provide access by different forms of media.

The cost of the system, which includes software for recording 9-1-1 calls, was approved in the 2019 budget and will be paid for with revenue from the special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST).

 

 

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White County Weather Update Mon. Sept. 11

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David Murphy

CLEVELAND, Ga. – In a 3 p.m. weather advisory on Monday, Sept. 11, White County Public Safety Director reported that 158 Habersham EMC customers are without power in White County. No roads are closed at this time, but residents are still encouraged to remain inside. Government offices remain open today.

White County School Superintendent Dr. Jeff Wilson announced that schools that are closed today will remain closed Tuesday, Sept. 12.

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