Monday, September 11, 2017

Dunwoody brace yourself for Irma - be prepared for power outages. Check on neighbors who may need assistance.

Due to Hurricane Irma, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has declared a state of emergency for all Georgia counties and closed State offices tomorrow, September 11, 2017. 


Following the guidance within the Governor's declaration, the City of Dunwoody will close City Hall on Monday, September 11, 2017, with the exception of essential law enforcement positions. 
The Dunwoody City Council meeting originally scheduled for Monday September 11, 2017 has been postponed until 6:00 pm on Monday, September 18, 2017 due to the impending inclement weather from Hurricane Irma.
The City of Dunwoody, DeKalb County, and the entire metropolitan Atlanta area is under a tropical storm warning.
As Hurricane Irma moves north, the City of Dunwoody is keeping a close eye on reports from the National Weather Service, the National Hurricane Center and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency to aid in this effort.
No DeKalb County Sanitation Collection Monday September 11, 2017
DeKalb County Sanitation Department announced there will be no sanitation collection service for commercial and residential customers on Monday, Sept. 11, due to inclement weather. 
Information outlining the collection schedule for the remainder of this week will be provided soon. The Division's administrative office will be closed on Monday, Sept. 11, and Tuesday, Sept. 12, reopening during normal business hours on Wednesday, Sept. 13. Placing garbage, recycling or yard trimmings containers at the curb during high winds can be dangerous, so residents are urged not to do so on Monday. Please visit for updates.

DeKalb County School District to close schools and offices on Sept. 11-12, due to potential inclement weather

Out of an abundance of caution for the safety of its students and employees, the DeKalb County School District (DCSD) will close all schools and offices on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, and Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, due to potential inclement weather caused by Hurricane Irma.
DCSD will continue to announce updates via its website at and through its mobile app and accounts on Facebook and Twitter

Be Safe, Plan Ahead 

The City of Dunwoody has partnered with CodeRED to send critical communications to you by phone, e-mail, and/or text message. Sign up to be alerted about severe weather warnings, evacuation notices, bio-terrorism alerts, boil water notices, and missing child alerts. This service is offered at no charge to Dunwoody residents. Click here to register.
Please check the homepage of the City of Dunwoody website for any modification to hours of operation for City Hall at
Before the storm arrives it is important to establish a plan for appropriate disaster preparation. The Georgia Emergency Management Agency website has important information and planning advice. Please visit today to develop a safe plan of action.
When a power outage occurs, please contact Georgia Power at If it is a dangerous condition, including downed power lines, please call 1-888-891-0938. 
In an effort to enhance storm communications to customers, Georgia Power has launched a new service that allows you to Set Outage Alerts. When a power outage occurs, Georgia Power will notify you by text, email or phone call with the cause of the outage and an estimated restoration time.
If you are concerned about the safety of a neighbor or family member who may be in danger, sick, or home-bound, please dial 9-1-1. 
DeKalb Emergency Management Agency Director Chief Sue Loeffler advises that impacts expected from Irma based on the current forecast include:
Damaging winds: Sustained winds of 40 to 60 MPH with gusts of 50 to 80 MPH are likely across much of Georgia from Monday morning to Tuesday morning. Portions of Southwest Georgia could see higher values. This will lead to widespread trees and powerlines down with prolonged power outages expected. In addition, structural damage is possible, particularly from falling trees. Thousands of trees and power lines will be downed, with many likely to fall over roadways, power lines, structures, and vehicles. Travel disruptions and delays due to downed trees may be substantial. Winds of this magnitude will cause impacts comparable to those of Hurricane Opal in 1995 when wind gusts of 50 to 75 MPH occurred in the Atlanta Metro area.
Heavy rainfall and flash flooding: Rainfall amounts in Southeast Georgia of 8 to 12 inches are expected, with 3 to 8 inches forecast for the rest of Georgia. Some areas could see isolated higher amounts. This will create the potential for flash flooding, and a few rivers may reach minor to moderate flood stage.

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