Message from
Camden County
Emergency Management Agency
Recent experience with Hurricanes Matthew and Irma has taught Georgia residents statewide that we are at risk of both direct and indirect severe impacts should a storm make landfall anywhere in our region. With the Atlantic hurricane season starting on June 1st, the Camden County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) urge residents to take the time now to prepare, plan and stay informed about hurricanes.

As a coastal state, and more importantly a coastal county, storms that form in the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, and Gulf of Mexico have the potential to bring storm surge, high winds, tornadoes, and inland flooding across Georgia. In an effort to educate residents on these potential hazards, GEMA's Ready Georgia campaign supports State and Local Hurricane Preparedness.

By planning ahead, you'll ensure that you and your loved ones are safe and secure. You'll also save yourself time, money, and worry. We hope you enjoy and gain valuable knowledge by reading the Hurricane Guide provided by the Camden County Board of County Commissioners and your Camden County Emergency Management Agency.
2018 Storm Names
Alberto
Beryl
Chris
Debby
Ernesto
Florence
Gordon
Helene
Isaac
Joyce
Kirk
Leslie
Michael
Nadine
Oscar
Patty
Rafael
Sara
Tony
Valerie
William
Hurricane Forecast
The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) hurricane season forecast for 2018 is for 10-16 named storms (35 mph+ winds). Out of those, 5-9 storms may become hurricanes (74 mph+ winds) and 1-4 may reach major hurricane intensity (111 mph+ winds of Category 3 strength and higher).

The emergency preparedness measures that you take in preparing for any severe weather event will greatly increase your family's chances for survival. Personal preparedness is everyone's responsibility. The more prepared we are as individuals the better enabled we will be to not only survive but also to assist others less fortunate.
Camden County Unified Hurricane Re-Entry Plan
The Camden County Unified Hurricane Re-Entry Plan for Camden County, Camden County Schools, Camden County Sheriff's Office, City of Kingsland, City of St. Marys, City of Woodbine, and Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay has been updated for the 2018 Hurricane Season and is available on the Camden County website.

The re-entry plan balances the need for protection of the community while allowing residents and businesses to begin recovery. Local law enforcement will staff re-entry check points to restrict access. When conditions allow, access will occur in five phases, although modifications to phased implementation could occur if determined necessary. Residents and business staff are allowed limited access in phase 4 and 5 which may be initiated at the same time.

Re-entry phases will be communicated primarily through the Camden County CodeRED Emergency Alerting system. All residents should ensure they maintain up-to-date CodeRED registration at all times.
Hurricane Registry
The Camden County Health Department maintains a Hurricane Registry for those with functional, access, or medical needs who need transportation and have no resources such as family, neighbors, or friends to help them evacuate if a hurricane is threatening our community. Residents must apply to the Registry in advance to receive transportation services. The Registry will stop accepting applications 72 hours prior to the arrival of topical storm force winds, so residents are encouraged to apply now.

To apply, residents should call the Camden County Health Department at 912-576-3040 (Woodbine) or 912-882-8515 (St. Marys). Applications are available online.
Document and Insure Your Property
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has created Document and Insure Your Property, detailing steps to take before a disaster strikes.
CodeRED
Camden County and the cities of Kingsland, St. Marys, and Woodbine have partnered together to provide Severe Weather Warnings to their residents.

Camden County residents can register their homes to receive severe weather warnings as they are issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) in Jacksonville, Florida. In the past, the NWS issued warnings for tornadoes, flash floods and severe thunderstorms for an entire county, even if the threat affected only a small portion of the warning area. Due to advances in technology those warnings are now issued just for the threatened area.

Camden County residents can register their address and telephone numbers to receive a message from the CodeRED messaging system warning them of impending severe weather within seconds of being issued by the NWS.  

You can register landlines or cell phones. A TDD/TTY option is available for the hearing impaired. There is also a text messaging function available for cell phone users.

Only tornado, flash flood and severe thunderstorm warnings will be sent using this system.

Weather Warning is a feature of CodeRED that requires no action from local officials. As the warnings are issued by the NWS, Code Red will automatically send warning to the phone numbers that are registered to receive this service.

To register your address and phone number(s) for Severe Weather Warnings you must enter your information with CodeRED. If you are unsure if you are registered, we encourage you to register again. 
Preparing for Hurricanes
The Ready Georgia website allows users to create a personalized Ready Kit checklist and communications plan, making it simple to take those first steps toward being prepared. There is also detailed information about hurricane-related hazards, as well as tips on how to protect your home and find local evacuation routes. During hurricane season, Ready Georgia advises:
 
Prepare for Hurricanes

  • Compile a portable Ready Kit of emergency supplies in case you have to evacuate.
  • Familiarize yourself with the terms that are used to identify a hurricane. A hurricane watch means a hurricane is possible in your area. A hurricane warning means a hurricane is expected in your area. If local authorities advise you to evacuate, leave immediately.
  • Prepare to secure your property.
  • Cover all of your home's windows with pre-cut plywood or hurricane shutters to protect your windows from high winds and keep all trees and shrubs well-trimmed.
  • Make sure that you are Tech Ready as your wireless device may be your greatest resource during an emergency situation.  
Plan to Evacuate

  • Plan how you will leave and where you will go if you are advised to evacuate.
  • Information on Georgia evacuation routes and road conditions may be found at Georgia 511.
  • Identify several places you could go in an emergency- a friend's home in another town or a hotel or motel in a different city.
  • Be familiar with alternate routes and other means of transportation out of your area.
Stay Informed

  • Local authorities may not immediately be able to provide information on what is happening and what you should do. However, you should watch TV, listen to the radio, or check the Internet often for official news and instructions as it becomes available. Camden County will send out notifications to the public via CodeRED. Information will also be available through the Camden County EMA and the Camden County social media pages.
  • Be alert for tornadoes and flooding. If you see a funnel cloud or if local authorities issue a tornado warning, take shelter underground or in an interior room away from windows. If waters are rising quickly or local authorities issue a flood or flash flood warning, seek higher ground.
  • Stay away from downed power lines to avoid the risk of electric shock or electrocution.
  • Do not return home until local authorities say it is safe. Even after the hurricane and after flood waters recede, roads may be weakened and could collapse. Buildings may be unstable, and drinking water may be contaminated. Use common sense and exercise caution. 

For more information on preparing for hurricanes and other severe weather, contact your Camden County EMA or visit www.ready.gov or www.ready.ga.gov.
Camden County Emergency Management Agency | Camden County Board of Commissioners