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Hurricane Irma Update: City of Brookhaven’s first Emergency Operations Center put to the test

Post Date:09/10/2017 10:15 AM

Update: Sept. 14, 2007, 8:00 a.m.

With then-Hurricane Irma approaching, the City of Brookhaven accomplished another first for the new city:  It mobilized its first Emergency Operations Center (EOC).

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Deputy Police Chief Juan Grullon (standing at left), acting as Incident Commander, led the response team for 27 hours in the City’s first activation on an Emergency Operations Center.

“We had most of our staff in 24-hour mode, either at work or on-call, throughout the duration of this event.  The EOC was able to function and succeed even though City Hall was in a blackout like most of the rest of the City,” said Brookhaven Mayor John Ernst.

“I am proud of the accomplishments of our first EOC.  We were put to the test, so if there is a next time, we’ll be even better prepared to respond,” said District 4 Council Member Joe Gebbia.

At 11 a.m. on Sept. 11, City Council Chambers at City Hall was commandeered by Brookhaven Police, Public Works and Communications staff to orchestrate emergency response utilizing National Incident Management Systems (NIMS) protocols.

“With Brookhaven’s Emergency Management Coordinator, most Brookhaven employees had at least begun NIMS training, and many had completed several course modules.  I believe that training helped to prepare us collectively for an efficient, integrated response,” said City Manager Christian Sigman.

“In terms of execution, the EOC performed very well.  For many of our employees, this was the first time utilizing their NIMS training.  It turns out that it was time well-spent,” said Deputy Police Chief Juan Grullon, Incident Commander of the Brookhaven EOC.

Over the course of 27 hours, Brookhaven responded to 209 separate incidents ranging from downed trees, blocked roads, and traffic signal outages.  Most incidents required close coordination with Georgia Power.  Brookhaven continues to work with Georgia Power to restore service to remaining homes as rapidly as possible.

As a reminder, all downed power lines should be avoided and referred to Georgia Power.  While city crews continue to remove trees from roads and rights of way, property owners are responsible for fallen trees on private property.

Power outages should be reported to Georgia Power at 888-891-0938.

Residents who wish to notify the city of lingering issues in public right of ways are encouraged to utilize Brookhaven Connect, the free smart phone app for citizens to report concerns like potholes, code violations or sidewalk issues.  By utilizing Brookhaven Connect, the progress of the issue can be tracked and other requests in the area can be viewed,

More info on Brookhaven Connect can be found at:  http://www.brookhavenga.gov/city-departments/public-works/make-a-service-request

 

Update: Sept. 12, 2017, 1:48 p.m.

The Brookhaven Emergency Operations Center is closing down with emergency control operations well under way. Normal emergency management operations will resume and residents are still encouraged to contact 911 should emergencies arise. City departments and work crews are, and will continue to, work in conjunction with Georgia Power in order to restore energy and remove obstructions from City road ways. 

Update: Sept. 12, 2017, 6:45 a.m.

As of 6:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 31 roads are blocked or otherwise compromised due to downed trees and/or power lines that require coordination with Georgia Power.  Many of these issues have also affected traffic lights.

Please avoid these areas if possible, and call 911 in the event of an emergency.  Current known issues are as follows:

 

LOCATION

DESCRIPTION

DREW VALLEY/ WAWONA DR

ROAD BLOCKED: TREE/ POWER LINES DOWN

DREW VALLEY/ WAWONA DR

BARRACADES 2647 & 2638 DREW VALLEY

1075 LYNMOOR DR

TREE AND POWER LINES ON CAR NO INJURIES

1129 THORNWELL DR

TREE DOWN ON POWER LINES

CHESHIRE WAY/ GREEN MEADOWS LN

WIRES DOWN FROM TREE

CHESHIRE WAY/ GREEN MEADOWS LN

LARGE TREES AND WIRES DOWN ( ROAD CLOSED)

1334 WEST NANCY CREEK

TREE DOWN WITH WIRES

2363 LORAINE STREET

WIRES DOWN FROM TREE

4110 ASHENTREE DRIVE

TREE BLOCKING ROADWAY

MABRY @ BROOKHAVEN DRIVE

TREE ON POWER LINES

2844 N. THOMPSON ROAD

WIRES & TREE ACROSS ROADWAY / ROAD BLOCKED

1619 East Nancy Creek DR

WIRES DOWN / TREE ALSO DOWN

2743 MABRY RD

WIRES DOWN & TREE

GEORGIAN DR/DUKE RD

WIRES DOWN / VERY LARGE TREE BLOCKING ROADWAY

NANCY CREECK WAY/E NANCY CREEK DR

TREE DOWN /ROAD COMPLETELY BLOCKED

1515 TRYON RD

TREE DOWN & POWER LINES DOWN

1908 WOODSDALE RD

TREE LAYING ON POWER LINES / ROADWAY BLOCKED

CYNTHIA DR / TRION RD

WIRES DOWN

1170 CHAMBORD WAY

WIRES DOWN

1511 RAGLEY HALL RD

WIRES DOWN

1157 STANDARD DR

WIRES DOWN

ASHENTREE DR/CHAMBLEE DUNWOODY

LARGE TREE/ROAD IS PART. BLOCKED/ NO POWER LINES

1234 KENDRICK ROAD

TREE DOWN/ WIRES DOWN/ROADWAY BLOCKED

FULLER RD/MABRY RD

TREE DOWN/ROADWAY BLOCKED

COLONAL DR/STANDARD DR

TREE DOWN/WIRES/FIRE/PART. BLOCKING ROADWAY

PEACHTREE / HERMANCE

TRAFFIC LIGHT REMAINS OUT

PEACHTREE / ASHFORD DUNWOODY

TRAFFIC LIGHT REMAINS OUT

PEACHTREE / LANIER

TRAFFIC LIGHT REMAINS OUT

PEACHTREE / REDDING

TRAFFIC LIGHT REMAINS OUT

ASHFORD DUNWOODY / JOHNSON FERRY

TRAFFIC LIGHT REMAINS OUT

CLAIRMONT / CLAIRMONT TER

TRAFFIC LIGHT REMAINS OUT

Due to widespread power outages in the City of Brookhaven from Hurricane Irma, City Hall administrative offices, and recreation centers are closed today.  City employees who are not required to respond to emergency conditions do not have to report to work. 

A decision on whether to cancel the regularly scheduled City Council meeting will be made later today.  City Council meetings are typically conducted on the second and fourth Tuesdays at 7 p.m.

“Police, public works and communications employees will report to work as directed by management throughout the cleanup effort,” said City Manager Christian Sigman.  “Because we cannot be sure when power will be restored, City Hall itself will be closed.”

DeKalb County sanitation collection has been suspended today, with collection to resume Wednesday, for residential customers who are normally served on Monday.  Sanitation customers who are normally served on Tuesday will be serviced on Thursday.

Update: Sept. 12, 2017, 4:35 a.m.

Brookhaven closes government administrative offices, recreation centers

Due to widespread power outages in the City of Brookhaven from Hurricane Irma, City Hall administrative offices, and recreation centers are closed today.  City employees who are not required to respond to emergency conditions do not have to report to work. 

A decision on whether to cancel the regularly scheduled City Council meeting will be made later today.  City Council meetings are typically conducted on the second and fourth Tuesdays at 7 p.m.

“Police, public works and communications employees will report to work as directed by management throughout the cleanup effort,” said City Manager Christian Sigman.  “Because we cannot be sure when power will be restored, City Hall itself will be closed.”

DeKalb County sanitation collection has been suspended today, with collection to resume Wednesday, for residential customers who are normally served on Monday.  Sanitation customers who are normally served on Tuesday will be serviced on Thursday.

DeKalb County courts will be closed today.

The DeKalb County School District will be closed today.

The City of Brookhaven continues to work with DeKalb County agencies including DEMA and Watershed Management to respond to the impacts from Hurricane Irma.

Update:   Sept. 11, 2017, 11:45  p.m. - 

Road closure alert: City of Brookhaven advises motorists to avoid these areas 

City of Brookhaven Public Works and Police are working through the night to clear roads. As of 11 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 11, 18 roads remain blocked due to trees with power lines down. Those power lines will need to repaired by Georgia Power once conditions permit. Several road closures that did not include downed power lines have been reopened by City of Brookhaven crews. The roads that remain closed due to downed power lines have been blocked by police, and it is not anticipated that they will reopen tonight.

Please avoid these areas if possible, and call 911 in the event of an emergency.

Drew Valley Rd at Wawona Dr
1075 Lynmoor Dr
1129 Thornwell Dr
Cheshire Way at Green Meadows Ln
1334 West Nancy Creek
2363 Loraine St
Mabry Rd at Brookhaven Dr
2844 North Thompson Rd
1619 E. Nancy Creek Dr
2743 Mabry Rd
Georgian Drive at Duke Rd
Nancy Creek Way at E. Nancy Creek Dr.
1515 Tryon Rd
1908 Woodsdale Rd
1170 Chambord Way
1511 Ragley Hall Rd
1157 Standard Dr
1234 Kendrick Rd
 

Update:   Sept. 11, 2017, 11:01  a.m. -

At 11 a.m., the City of Brookhaven opened an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at City Hall.  All City departments responding to the effects of Hurricane Irma are coordinating resources in the same location. 

“We hope the damage from the storm will be minimal, but we need to be prepared to respond as efficiently as possible if conditions deteriorate,” said City Manager Christian Sigman. “The rain and wind carry the potential for downed trees and flooding.  We are mobilizing resources to respond as needed.” 

Emergency response notwithstanding; City of Brookhaven offices, recreation centers and Municipal Court remain closed today.  Court cases scheduled for today will be rescheduled.  All City meetings, events and other activities that are not related to Hurricane Irma are canceled and will be rescheduled. 

IMG_0773  City Manager Christian Sigman meets with department directors and management to discuss the Hurricane Irma response strategy

The DeKalb County School District will be closed today and Tuesday.

DeKalb County administrative offices, senior centers, courts, Board of Health, libraries and recreation centers are also closed today. 

At present, DeKalb County sanitation collection has been suspended today, but no decision has been reached regarding collections on Tuesdays.  Customers are urged to secure their garbage containers during the high winds.

The City of Brookhaven continues to work with DeKalb County agencies including DEMA and Watershed Management to respond to the impacts from Hurricane Irma.

For the latest information about Hurricane Irma and the 2017 hurricane season, visit the  NOAA website at www.noaa.gov.

Additional specific preparedness actions can be found on GEMA’s Ready Georgia website – www.ready.ga.gov, on the FEMA website – www.ready.gov, and on Safety.com - https://www.safety.com/are-you-ready-for-an-emergency-emergency-kit-essentials.

  

Update: Sept. 10, 2017, 7:53 a.m. – As a result of anticipated consequences from Hurricane Irma, City of Brookhaven offices, recreation centers and Municipal Court today.  Court cases scheduled for today will be rescheduled.  All City meetings, events and other activities that are not related to Hurricane Irma are canceled and will be rescheduled. City employees who are not required to respond to emergency conditions do not have to report to work.  

Update:  Sept. 10, 2017, 6:40 p.m. – As a result of anticipated consequences from Hurricane Irma, City of Brookhaven offices and recreation centers will be closed on Monday.  City employees who are not required to respond to emergency conditions do not have to report to work.  All City meetings, events and other activities that are not related to Hurricane Irma are canceled and will be rescheduled. 

“In an abundance of caution for our employees and our residents, all City administrative functions will be suspended on Monday,” said City Manager Christian Sigman.  “This does not apply to the police, public works and communications departments.  They are expected to be on call 24/7.” 

In addition, DeKalb County has closed administrative offices, senior centers, libraries and recreation centers on Monday and Tuesday.   

At present, DeKalb County sanitation collection has been suspended on Monday, but no decision has been reached regarding collections on Tuesdays.  Customers are urged to secure their garbage containers during the high winds. 

DeKalb County courts will be closed Monday. A decision about Tuesday’s schedule has not been made. 

All DeKalb County Board of Health locations will be closed Monday and Tuesday. 

The DeKalb County School District and City Schools of Decatur will be closed Monday and Tuesday. 

The City of Brookhaven continues to work with DeKalb County agencies including DEMA and Watershed Management to respond to the impacts from Hurricane Irma. 

For the latest information about Hurricane Irma and the 2017 hurricane season, visit the  NOAA website at www.noaa.gov

Additional specific preparedness actions can be found on GEMA’s Ready Georgia website – www.ready.ga.gov, on the FEMA website – www.ready.gov, and on Safety.com - https://www.safety.com/are-you-ready-for-an-emergency-emergency-kit-essentials

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 Brookhaven, GA, Sept. 10, 2017 – The City of Brookhaven, along with DeKalb County and metropolitan Atlanta, is under a tropical storm warning as Hurricane Irma begins to track northward.

Susan Loeffler, Director of the DeKalb County Emergency Management Agency (DEMA), says, “Impacts will be felt well before the center of Irma reaches the state. Tropical storm force winds may arrive as early as Monday morning for the Atlanta area.” 

Loeffler advises residents to make final preparations now. “Secure loose items around your house and yard, have your plan for where you and your family will be safe during high winds, have a plan for pets (do not leave them outside to fend for themselves in tropical storm force winds) and be prepared for downed trees and power lines. Treat all downed lines as if they were live power lines,” said Loeffler.

Brookhaven is currently working with DeKalb County agencies including the DEMA and Watershed Management to prepare for the potential impacts from Irma.

Brookhaven residents and businesses are advised to prepare using the following tools:

Prepare a Disaster Plan that includes: response actions like communication procedures, evacuation and sheltering, and structural/utility protection procedures.

Build a "Ready Kit" that should minimally contain: a 72-hour food and water supply, first aid items, extra clothing/blankets, important documents and eating utensils.

Be and stay informed by having a battery-powered or NOAA weather radio in your kit for warnings and updates.  Have cell phone or other personal devices set for automatic alerts.

Further information on the 2017 Hurricane Season can be found on U.S. Department. of Commerce NOAA website – www.noaa.gov.

Additional specific preparedness actions can be found on GEMA’s Ready Georgia website – www.ready.ga.gov, on the FEMA website – www.ready.gov, and on Safety.com - https://www.safety.com/are-you-ready-for-an-emergency-emergency-kit-essentials.

The Georgia Power website also contains excellent preparedness information for families and businesses: www.georgiapower.com/in-your-community/strm-center.

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Media Contacts:

Burke Brennan
Director of Communications
404-637-0709
Cell: 770-500-8095
 
 
Ann Marie Quill
Communications Manager
404-637-0508
Cell: 404-205-3832

 


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