Hice urges vigilance for residents in wake of Hurricane Florence

With the path of Hurricane Florence still uncertain and potentially approaching the State of Georgia, U. S. Rep. Jody Hice (R-Bethlehem) wants to make sure residents are prepared and on the lookout. He put out a press release with the following tips.

Please take every step you can to stay safe and consider:

  • Updating your disaster kit and stocking up on supplies. Make sure to have a three-day supply of non-perishable food and bottled water, a battery-operated radio, a flashlight, extra batteries, cash, medicines, a first aid kit, pet foods, and important family documents.
  • Learning the evacuation routes from your area and developing an evacuation plan before the storm gets close. Print out evacuation routes in advance – your power or internet may go out in the event of a storm.
  • Creating an emergency communication plan, which includes the telephone number of a family member or friend outside the area—as a point of contact—in the event of separation when a storm hits.
  • Downloading the FEMA mobile app for a customizable checklist of emergency supplies, maps of open shelters and recovery centers, disaster survival tips, and weather alerts from the National Weather Service. The app also enables users to receive push notifications reminding them to take important steps to prepare their homes and families for disasters.

Important Numbers to Keep:

  • If you need assistance or have questions about Hurricane Florence, call 1-800-TRY-GEMA (1-800-879-4362) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • If you need lodging and/or travel information in Georgia, please stop call 1-800-VISIT GA (847-4842).
  • For medical or health-related questions, call 1-866-PUB-HLTH (1-866-782-4584).
  • For the American Red Cross, text ‘GETEMERGENCY’ to 90999.

“Although it’s still too early to predict how Hurricane Florence will affect us, it is never too early to be prepared. Residents should continue to monitor local radio and TV stations for updated emergency information and follow the instructions of state and local officials. For more important helpful tips and resources, please visit ready.gov/hurricanes or ready.ga.gov,” Hice said in the release. “I’m thinking of you and praying for our district, and as always, my team and I are here to help. Please do not hesitate to call one of my offices:

Monroe District Office – (770)-207-1776
Milledgeville District Office – (478)-457-0007
Washington, D.C. Office – (202)-225-4101

Be prepared, be cautious, and be safe

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