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CEMA Returns to Operating Condition 5

October 11, 2018 12:16 PM CEMA has returned to Operating Condition (OPCON) 5, which is considered normal operations during hurricane season. The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will remain activated while teams conduct damage assessments and begin cleanup efforts throughout Chatham County.... - Read More


Downed Power Lines in Chatham County

October 11, 2018 8:38 AM There have been several reports of downed power lines in the County. What do you do when you see a downed power line? Take a look at this graphic to learn more! #HurricaneMichael ... - Read More


Power Outages and Debris- What Should You Do?

October 11, 2018 6:01 AM Windy conditions will likely continue throughout the morning. There are reported power outages, which could affect traffic signals-treat these signals as four way stops. Also, there is debris on the roadways in several areas throughout the County- stay vigilant... - Read More


10/10/2018 5pm Update Hurricane Michael

October 10, 2018 5:52 PM Current Position:  240 miles WSW of Savannah Max Sustained Winds:  125 mph (Category 3) Movement:  North Northeast at 16 mph Current CEMA OPCON: 3 Hurricane Michael has downgraded to a category 3 storm and expected to continue to weaken. Significant impacts... - Read More


10/10/2018 Tornado Watch

October 10, 2018 2:44 PM A Tornado Watch has been issued for Chatham County until 2:00 AM. Stay alert and prepare for rapidly changing conditions.... - Read More


Chatham County Offices Delayed Opening

October 10, 2018 2:25 PM Chatham County, GA (October 10, 2018) - Chatham County offices will have a delayed opening on Thursday, October 11, 2018, and will resume normal operations at 12:00pm.Those having business with the Chatham County Court System should call the Court... - Read More


Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools CLOSED on Thursday

October 10, 2018 12:53 PM - Read More


10/10/2018 11am Update Hurricane Michael

October 10, 2018 12:52 PM Current Position:  340 miles WSW of Savannah Max Sustained Winds:  145 mph (Category 4) Movement:  North Northeast at 15 mph Current CEMA OPCON: 3 Hurricane Michael is now a category 4 storm and expected to remain a major hurricane up to... - Read More


Talmadge Bridge to Close at 9pm on Wednesday

October 10, 2018 10:29 AM At 9pm tonight, the Georgia Department of Transportation will close the Talmadge Bridge in preparation for Hurricane Michael. ... - Read More


10/10/2018 5 AM Update Hurricane Michael

October 10, 2018 5:00 AM Current Position:  419 miles SSW of SavannahMax Sustained Winds:  140 mph (Category 4)Movement:  North at 13 mphCurrent CEMA OPCON: 3The latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center indicates that Major Hurricane Michael is expected to make landfall on the... - Read More


10/09/2018 5pm Update: Tropical Storm Warning in Effect

October 9, 2018 5:43 PM Current Position:  531 miles SSW of Savannah Max Sustained Winds:  120 mph (Category 3) Movement:  North at 12 mph Current CEMA OPCON: 3 A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR CHATHAM COUNTY... A Tropical Storm Warning means tropical storm-force winds... - Read More


CEMA's Operating Conditions for Hurricane Michael

October 9, 2018 1:07 PM CEMA's Operating Conditions for Hurricane Michael are as follows:OPCON 5 - Normal Operations - Preparedness Phase OPCON 5 is the routine operating level of the CEMA EOC during hurricane season (June 1 - November 30) when there is no direct... - Read More


Create A Family Communication Plan

October 9, 2018 9:43 AM During a large event or disaster, it may be challenging to stay connected to your family. One of the steps you can take to prepare is to write down your Family Emergency Communication Plan. What should be included:A written list of... - Read More


CEMA Enters Operating Condition 3, the Mobilization Phase

October 9, 2018 9:01 AM CEMA Advances OPCON 3Chatham County, GA (October 9, 2018) - The Chatham Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) is closely monitoring Hurricane Michael. Coordination of response efforts with local, regional and state agencies continue.  Chatham County will likely be impacted by tropical storm... - Read More


10/09/2018 5 AM Update Hurricane Michael

October 9, 2018 5:00 AM 10092018 0500 HURRICANE MICHAELCurrent Position:  629 miles SSW of SavannahMax Sustained Winds:  90 mphMovement:  North Northwest at 12 mphCurrent CEMA OPCON: 4  WATCHES AND WARNINGS--------------------CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:A Tropical Storm Watch is now in effect along the southeastern coast of... - Read More


10/8/2018 5 PM Update Hurricane Michael

October 8, 2018 5:11 PM 10082018 1700 HURRICANE MICHAEL Current Position:  725 miles SSW of SavannahMax Sustained Winds:  80 mphMovement:  North at 9 mphCurrent CEMA OPCON: 4  DISCUSSION AND OUTLOOK----------------------At 400 PM CDT (2100 UTC), the center of Hurricane Michael was located near latitude 22.2 North,... - Read More


10/08/2018 Press Release

October 8, 2018 4:12 PM Chatham County, GA (October 8, 2018) - The Chatham Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) is asking residents, business owners, and visitors to prepare for impacts from Hurricane Michael. Hurricane Michael is expected to weaken after coming on shore in Florida.Chatham... - Read More


10/08/2018 11 AM Update Hurricane Michael

October 8, 2018 11:41 AM 10082018 1100 TROPICAL STORM MICHAEL Current Position:  795 miles SSW of SavannahMax Sustained Winds:  75 mphMovement:  North at 7 mphCurrent CEMA OPCON: 4  DISCUSSION AND OUTLOOK----------------------At 1100 AM EDT (1500 UTC), the center of Hurricane Michael was located near latitude 21.2... - Read More


10/08/2018 5 AM Update Tropical Storm Michael

October 8, 2018 5:00 AM 10082018 0500 TROPICAL STORM MICHAELCurrent Position:  878 miles SSW of SavannahMax Sustained Winds:  70 mphMovement:  North at 7 mphCurrent CEMA OPCON: 4Michael has become better organized this morning.   An Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft madeseveral passes through the... - Read More


10/7/2018 5 PM Update Tropical Storm Michael

October 7, 2018 5:00 PM TROPICAL STORM MICHAEL Current Position:  966 miles SSW of SavannahMax Sustained Winds:  50 mphMovement:  NNE @ 3 mphCurrent CEMA OPCON:  4 At 400 PM CDT (2100 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Michael waslocated near latitude 19.2 North, longitude 85.5 West. ... - Read More


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