DORIAN: Important info for Chatham County residents

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From school closings to evacuation orders, WSAV has gathered important information for Chatham County residents.

On Sunday, Sept. 1, Governor Brian Kemp issued a mandatory evacuation order for county residents east of I-95, effective noon Monday. According to the Chatham Emergency Management Agency (CEMA), this includes Zone A and Zone B.

Not sure where you stand? Visit CEMA’s interactive zone map here.

Additional information

Evacuations from the Savannah Civic Center have ended. However, the Civic Center has been opened as a “last resort” shelter for anyone who needs a place to go. Those sheltering will need to bring a pillow, blanket or any other creature comforts.

Chatham Area Transit’s services (bus operations, call center, paratransit, ferry) are suspended until it is safe to resume operations.

Curfews will be in place in Savannah and Thunderbolt from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. starting Tuesday until further notice. Savannah Police Chief Roy Minter says the curfew is not in place as an excuse to arrest people but to make sure residents are safe.

Chatham County offices will be closed through Wednesday, with the exception of essential staff. A decision about government office closures will Thursday and Friday will be made no later than 2 p.m. Employees are asked to call the 855 phone number on their ID badge for additional information. Courts will be closed through Thursday.

City of Savannah offices will be closed through Thursday, Sept. 5 with the exception of essential staff. A decision about government office closures for Friday will be made later this week.

Pooler City Hall and Pooler Police Administrative Offices will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Thursday’s city council meeting has been canceled. Municipal Court is canceled for Tuesday, September 3rd. Those already on the docket will receive a new subpoena and court date.

Other closings

Schools:

  • Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools and Facilities to remain closed through Friday
  • Ash Tree Learning Center Academy (ATLCA) will remain closed through Friday
  • Benedictine Military School will remain closed through the rest of the week
  • Bethesda Academy through Thursday. A decision about opening school on Friday will be made AFTER the hurricane passes the area. 
  • Blessed Sacrament School, St. James School and St. Peter the Apostle School in Chatham County will remain closed through Friday
  • Calvary Day School closure extended through Friday
  • Memorial Day School and Memorial Daycare will remain closed through Friday 
  • St. Vincent Academy closed through Friday
  • Risen Savior Christian Academy in Pooler closed Tuesday and Wednesday

Colleges:

  • Savannah College of Art and Design has postponed fall orientation until at least Monday, Sept. 9 and the start of classes until at least Wednesday, Sept. 11
  • Georgia Southern University is canceling classes through Friday. The football home opener against Maine at Paulson Stadium is still scheduled for Saturday
  • Savannah State will remain closed through Friday. Classes will be conducted via D2L or other methods; faculty will issue further instructions
  • Georgia Tech-Savannah closed through Thursday
  • Savannah Technical College has canceled classes through Friday. Saturday classes are expected to resume.
  • Savannah Law School closed until Monday, September 9
  • Mercer University School of Medicine’s Savannah campus will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday 
  • Saint Leo University’s Savannah Education Center is closed through Thursday
  • South University Savannah will be closed through Friday. Classes will resume on Monday, September 9
  • Central Texas College, which holds classes at Hunter Army Airfield and Fort Stewart, is canceling classes the rest of the week. They will resume on Monday.

Other:

  • Another Adventure Daycare and Adventure Learning Center closed through Friday
  • The Sanctuary Child learning center will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Lady Bamford Child Care Center closed through Friday
  • Memorial Daycare / Childcare Center closed Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Wesley Community Centers of Savannah, Inc. closed through Friday
  • Head Start/Early Head Start Chatham closed Tuesday and Wednesday
  • St. Matthews Learning Center will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday and will reopen on Friday at 7 a.m.
  • Savannah Christian Preparatory School and Little Raiders Learning Academy have canceled school and activities for students of all ages beginning Tuesday
  • Tot’s Learning Academy will be closed until further notice
  • Victory Prayer Synagogue daycare will be closed until further notice

Businesses and more

  • Wells Fargo branches will be closed through Thursday
  • All YMCA Chatham County facilities closed through Thursday
  • All J. C. Lewis Primary Healthcare Center sites closed Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Coastal Health District Health Departments closed Tuesday and Wednesday
  • All offices of Savannah Vascular Institute will be closed Tuesday-Thursday 
  • The National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force will be closed until further notice
  • The Savannah Office of the United States Attorney will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Be Pediatrics closed through Wednesday
  • BankSouth Savannah offices at 18 West Bryan Street and at 613 Stephenson Ave will remain closed until further notice
  • All three of Telfair Museums’ sites (Jepson Center, Telfair Academy, and the Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters) will be closed Monday through at least Friday
  • Diamond Crystal Brands closed Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Boland Eye Center will be closed Tuesday through Thursday
  • Savannah Plastic Surgery will be closed through Thursday
  • All Coastal Heritage Society sites will be closed to the general public on Monday at noon through Wednesday
  • Neurological and Spine Institute will be closed Tuesday & Wednesday
  • The United Way Campaign Kick-Off scheduled this Thursday, September 5th, has been canceled 
  • Marylin Youmans School of Dance will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Premier Medical closed Tuesday, Wednesday, most likely Thursday
  • Optim Orthopedics, Health System closed until further notice
  • All Housing Authority of Savannah offices and the offices of The View at Oglethorpe, SCB Kayton, River Pointe I, and River Pointe II will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday
  • United Way of the Coastal Empire 2-1-1 office is closed. The community can text DorianGa to 898211 to get updated information on available resources.

Medical information

  • The emergency departments of St. Josephs/Candler and Memorial hospitals are open
  • Chatham County Public Health offices will be closed through Thursday September 5, 2019
  • Chatham Emergency Services (CES)
  • Chatham Emergency Services has arranged with Chatham County Marine Patrol and the U.S. Coast Guard to be transported patients off the barrier islands of Chatham County in case of flooded roads. A dedicated paramedic is assigned to Skidaway Island and a paramedic ambulance crew is dedicated to the Chatham County Detention Center.
  • St. Joseph’s/Candler Pooler Campus will delay reopening until Friday.
  • 24/7 Urgent Care has several open locations to include Historic Savannah, Midtown, and Pooler. For more information, call (912) 234-CARE.
  • Savannah Animal Care on West Bryant Street will be open 24/7 for stray or unattended animals and pet emergencies during the storm

Food/Water/Shelter

– No municipality is scheduled to turn off water at this time. For those who have private water service, residents need to contact the provider for more information. 
– American Red Cross has set up shelters throughout the state to assist evacuees. For specific information, citizens are encouraged to call 1-800-RedCross

Energy

– GA Power has crews staged and ready to respond if necessary
– They have staged extra transformers, poles and wires
– Alabama Power and Mississippi Power are on standby to render aid if needed

Transportation:

– 16 contraflow has ended. This is not to allow residents to return to Chatham County but to allow for resources and crews to be deployed to coastal areas as quickly as possible.
– Chatham Area Transit (CAT) is suspended until further notice.

Bridge Closures:

– Talmadge Bridge is closed until further notice.
– The bridges onto Tybee Island, Wilmington Island, and Whitemarsh Island are not scheduled to close at this time. Any status changed will be included in future updates.

Airports:
A number of Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport flights were canceled Wednesday; that’s expected to continue through Thursday. Check airline websites or mobile apps for the most up-to-date flight information prior to traveling to the airport.
– Passengers should carry a copy of their travel itinerary for movement in the evacuation zones.
– Airport shops and restaurants may be closed even when flights are operating.
– The public is urged not to call the airport but to contact the airlines directly for the most current flight information.

Important links

CEMA: Website, Facebook, Twitter

Visit here to view important information for other counties.

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