Hurricane Irma closings, shelter openings

CLOSINGS/

 

CANCELLATIONS

Richmond County

Richmond County government offices will be closed Monday.

Augusta garbage collection will be delayed by one day this week. Customers who normally receive garbage pickup service on Monday will have their service on Tuesday, for example. Customers who receive service on Friday will have their garbage pickup on Saturday. Service will return to the normal pickup schedule next week.

The Richmond County School system will close schools Monday through Wednesday to provide shelters for expected Hurricane Irma evacuees. School activities will also be canceled during that time, according to a news release from the school system.

Westminster Schools of Augusta is closed Monday.

Augusta University canceled classes and activities for Monday and will close its campus. The AU Health System, however, will remain open and all clinics and other activities will continue as scheduled.

Paine College will be closed on Monday.

Augusta Technical College will be closed to students on Monday and Tuesday. Classes will resume on Wednesday.

Decisions on the operational status of Richmond County government for Monday will be made by 5 p.m. today. Employees should contact the emergency hotline (706-842-3000) and the city website for updates on the Monday workday.

The Augusta University ROTC 9/11 Heroes Run and Remembrance Ceremony scheduled for Monday have been canceled due to Hurricane Irma evacuation support and safety.

Superior Court hearings and trials scheduled in Richmond, Columbia and Burke counties have been canceled. Richmond County State Court and Richmond County Civil and Magistrate Court sessions are also canceled.

Georgia Military College’s Augusta campus will be closed Monday. GMC-Augusta leaders will assess whether a closure is necessary for Tuesday.

The administrative offices of the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, at 400 Walton Way, will be closed to the public on Monday and Tuesday. The offices will be used as a tactical operations center for managing shelter operations and providing additional support to the patrol division during emergency conditions.

Normal operations are expected to resume by 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The regular monthly meeting of the Richmond County Board of Elections scheduled for Monday, has been postponed to a date yet to be determined.

All Shepeard Community Blood centers and mobiles will be closed Monday due to anticipated impact of Hurricane Irma. Normal operations are expected to resume Tuesday.

All SRP Federal Credit Union locations are closed today. A decision on Tuesday will be made later today or Tuesday morning.

Columbia County

Columbia County government offices will be closed Monday.

Columbia County schools will delay the start of school by two hours Tuesday, according to a school district news release.

Schools will delay opening by two hours. Please note the following information:

•Students should arrive to school two hours later than their usual time.

•Students riding the school bus should be at their bus stops two hours later than usual.

• Elementary before-school childcare programs will take in two hours later than their normal start times.

• School level employees should arrive to work two hours later than their normal arrival times, and administrators and district level employees should arrive to work as close as possible to their normal worktime.

• School will end at the normal hours and after-school activities will take place as planned.

The city of Grovetown has canceled its regularly scheduled City Council meeting for Monday. City Hall and business offices will remain closed Tuesday due to the effects of Hurricane Irma including power outages across the city. If power is restored City of Grovetown offices are expected to reopen Wednesday, September 13, 2017. For information and updates on City of Grovetown government working hours please go to City of Grovetown webpage at http://cityofgrovetown.com/ or Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/cityofgrovetowngeorgia/.

All events at the Grovetown Community Center scheduled through Wednesday are canceled. Events scheduled after Wednesday are subject to cancellation based on the needs of the Red Cross and continued use of Liberty Park as an evacuee shelter.

Augusta Christian Schools and Augusta Prep will be closed today.

SAIL (School for Arts Infused Learning) will be closed Monday for students, faculty and leadership due to the impending weather. SAIL will reopen its doors Tuesday. If there are any additional announcements, please visit our website at sailga.org or call the Public Relations department at 706-840-2134.

Hearings and court proceedings have been canceled for Monday and Tuesday in Columbia County and Appling, but county offices will remain open until further notice.

All Augusta-Richmond County public libraries will be closed on Monday due to inclement weather, according to a news release form the library system.

Burke County

Waynesboro Municipal Court is closed on Monday, September 11 due to the storm.

Aiken County

Aiken County Public Schools and district offices will be closed Monday. Schools will open two hours late on Tuesday. The delay pushes back all operations by two hours, including bus pickup times and student and employee arrivals. Schools will dismiss at their regular times.

Savannah River Site has announced the facility will be closed to non-essential personnel on Monday.

The Aiken County Commission for Technical and Comprehensive Education’s monthly meeting scheduled for Monday has been cancelled. September’s agenda will be postponed to October’s regularly scheduled meeting.

Horse Creek Academy in Aiken County announced that school is canceled on Monday and Tuesday.

Mead Hall Episcopal School will be closed on Monday.

Aiken Technical College and all services will be closed on Monday.

The Aiken County Courthouse will be closed Monday. A decision will be made Monday about reopening Tuesday, County Administrator Clay Killian said.

All USC Aiken classes and scheduled events will be canceled through 9 p.m. Tuesday. Although classes will be canceled, all university offices will remain open Monday and Tuesday. Campus employees will be notified of any updates. Students, faculty and staff can receive alerts via the ALERTUS app. Directions on how to download it are available at: www.usca.edu/help-desk/emergency-notifications. Parents can receive alert notifications via RAVE; to register:

Go to: www.getrave.com/login/usca

Click “Register” and fill out the information. After completing this form, parents will receive the same text alerts students do. (This form must be completed each fall semester.)

Students leaving the area are encouraged to take appropriate precautions. For more information, go to www.ready.gov/hurricanes.

Due to projected inclement weather, the city of Aiken will pick up garbage, recyclables and yard debris on a holiday schedule. This means there will be no pickups on Monday, and service the rest of the week will be delayed by one day.

Edgefield County

Edgefield County School District will be closed Monday. All school activities including athletics, after-school, and other extracurricular activities are cancelled. On Tuesday, Sept. 12, the district will operate on a two-hour delayed schedule.

Government offices in the towns of Edgefield and Johnston, S.C., will be closed Monday.

SHELTERS

Due no residents arriving for safe harbor, the severe weather centers at Hephzibah Middle School and Spirit Creek Middle School will be closing at 1 p.m. Monday, according a City of Augusta news release. Hephzibah High School and Morgan Road Middle School will remain open and have plenty of capacity to accept additional residents.

At this time, all self-evacuees in need of shelter are being directed to the Patriots Park gymnasium, located at 5445 Columbia Road in Grovetown.

Columbia County officials have announced the Liberty Park Community Center will open as a shelter at 2 p.m. Monday. Space remains available at the Patriot Park shelter, but Liberty Park is being opened as a precaution.

Liberty Park Community Center is located at 1040 Newmantown Road in Grovetown.

The shelter at Trinity on the Hill United Methodist Church, is now full and cannot accept additional evacuees, according to the city of Augusta.

Shelters at the Warren Road Community Center and the Henry Brigham Center are now at capacity.

A shelter to house evacuees with special medical needs, under an agreement with Chatham County, is open at Augusta’s Westside High School, the chief said. The facility is not open to the public or self-evacuees.

Chatham is one of several coastal Georgia counties under a mandatory evacuation order.

Buses of evacuees are arriving at seven Richmond County school system sites under the same agreement between the school system, Chatham and Augusta EMA, James said.

Augusta Animal Services is having locations inspected by the Georgia Department of Agriculture to determine whether they are safe to use as shelters for evacuated pets, James said.

The downtown fairgrounds designated previously as an animal shelter site is in a low-lying area likely unsafe if flash flooding occurs, he said.

Diamond Lakes Regional Park is opening its campsites to evacuees. The park has 26 sites and space for up to 100 additional self-contained campers. Check-in times are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the park, located at 103 Diamond Lakes Way.

Additional information regarding sheltering can be obtained by calling 706-821-2300.

The following churches will be open at 5 p.m. Sunday to those in need of shelter in Aiken County, according to an Aiken County Sheriff’s Office news release. If you go to shelter, bring your own bedding and medications. Pets are not allowed at the churches, but there is a pet shelter at the fairgrounds. If you bring your pet to the pet shelter, please bring a crate. You do not need to bring pet food.

— Homeless individuals are welcome at the Salvation Army Center of Hope, 1384 Greene Street.

Full Gospel Redemption Center

(803) 593-2425

365 Piney Heights Road,

Warrenville, SC 29851

Belvedere First Baptist

(803) 279-0415

421 Edgefield Road

Belvedere, S.C. 29841

Clearwater Baptist Church (803) 593-3195

17 Belvedere Road,

Beech Island, S.C .29842

Heights Baptist Church

(803) 593-3054

4631-A Jefferson Davis Highway

Beech Island, S.C. 29842

Sweetwater Baptist Church (803) 426-1860

198 Sweetwater Road

North Augusta, S.C. 29841

GENERAL INFO

Georgia Tourism has activated a hurricane information page to assist impacted guests and citizens during this significant weather event. From the site, travelers can find available lodging options, traffic updates, closure information and weather conditions in Georgia. Access to the site can also be found by visiting ExploreGeorgia.org. Travelers can visit one of the agency’s 11 Visitor Information Centers located off major interstates, or call 1-800-VISIT GA (847-4842) for additional help finding lodging options.

The Augusta Convention and Visitors Bureau is updating its room availability website every day. Information on hotels, self-evacuation shelters and pet resources are available at www.visitaugusta.com/emergency-information/.

People interested in volunteering to assist evacuees can register with Richmond County officials to help by filling out a form at www.surveymonkey.com/r/irmaVolunteer.

Richmond County residents who need sandbags can collect a maximum of 10 at 2316 Tobacco Road. Photo identification with proof of address is required.

To help residents and emergency personnel stay connected if Hurricane Irma makes its anticipated landfall in Georgia, Comcast is opening nearly 10,000 Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspots throughout impacted areas to anyone who needs them, including non-Xfinity customers, for free.

Comcast has opened up all Wi-Fi hotspots in Savannah and surrounding communities, as well as in Augusta and Brunswick.

For a map of the Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspots, which are located both indoors and outdoors in places such as shopping districts, parks and businesses, residents can visit www.Xfinity.com/wifi. Once in range of a hotspot, they may select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots and then launch a browser.

Xfinity internet customers can sign in with their user names and passwords, and they will be automatically connected to Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspots in the future. Non-Xfinity internet subscribers should visit the “Not an Xfinity Internet Customer” section on the sign-in page to get started. Non-customers will be able to renew their complimentary sessions every two hours through Friday.

Augusta Fire Chief Chris James offers these hurricane safety tips: Never walk or drive your car through standing water after heavy rain; drive safely, as additional traffic could be on our local roads; keep three days’ worth of food and medication stored at your home during the storm; be a compassionate neighbor by checking on the elderly and infirm to ensure they are safe.

A news release Saturday from the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office states that due to improved conditions in the forecast, residents in mobile homes are no longer recommended to evacuate to a shelter. Residents are asked to continue monitoring the storm and to shelter with family or friends if they have concerns about their safety. The animal shelter at the fairgrounds remains open, as well as the horse shelter at the Hippodrome. For emergencies, dial 9-1-1. DO NOT call 9-1-1 for power outages – contact your utility provider. For all non-emergency questions, dial 2-1-1.

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