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Sept. 12 –11:00 a.m. - Latest from Glynn County Emergency Management: Glynn County still closed

Brunswick Business Journal Staff Report

September 12, 2017 - 11:00 a.m. – Glynn County Emergency Management, led by Captain Jay Wiggins, Director, has issued the latest list of answers to questions being asked by residents and business owners who evacuated.

The list of questions and answers is being updated as quickly as possible, GCEM states.

1. Can I come back to Glynn County now?
For those of you away from home, we understand that this hurricane has disrupted your lives on multiple levels, however reentry into Glynn County is not allowed unless you meet Phase 2 reentry requirements. Assessment teams are being deployed to determine the damage to the community and will repair the damage as rapidly as possible. Widespread power outages, limited water and sewer capabilities, fallen trees, downed power lines, and flooded neighborhoods create for a life-threatening combination and it is simply not safe for citizens to return. Law enforcement personnel at various checkpoints will be restricting reentry to those who do not meet Phase 2 reentry requirements.
Phase 2 of the reentry process are now in effect. Entry is allowed with a green Critical Workforce Disaster Re-Entry Permit with a form of personal ID as well as a business ID. NO ADDITIONAL PASSES WILL BE ISSUED THIS WEEK.

2. What are Georgia Power and Georgia DOT doing?
Georgia Power currently has 200 total resources in Glynn County to restore power to about 86% of the county or about 36,000 homes and businesses.

Georgia Department of Transportation has engineers on the roads today and the first priority is checking the safety of the St. Simons and Jekyll Island Bridges.

3. Are schools closed?
The Glynn County School System has cancelled school for the remainder of the week, through Friday, Sept. 15, due to the impacts from Tropical Storm Irma. Residents are urged to monitor local media, the school district web site ( and social media platforms Facebook and Twitter for further information about schools reopening. Residents are also urged to monitor official announcements from the Glynn County Emergency Management Agency regarding re-entry and travel within Glynn County.

5. What is the status of JWSC?
JWSC is confident that due to a lack of power, water service will be intermittent. Sewer service is currently unavailable. Please conserve water. No showers or baths should be taken. Toilets should not be flushed if at all possible. Sink use should be extremely limited. Do not run dish washer or washing machines. Visit the webpage for the most up to date information on JWSC. There is NO boil water advisory at this time, however stay away from flooded areas. Waters may be contaminated.

6. What roads have been closed?
The Sidney Lanier Bridge, Jekyll Island Causeway, the F.J. Torras Causeway, as well as multiple smaller roads are closed at this time. For a visual of these closed roads, please visit:…

7. Is there a curfew for Glynn County?
Following Governor Deal’s declaration of a State of Emergency, the Glynn County Board of Commissioners and the City of Brunswick have issued a State of Emergency for Glynn County. During the period of the State of Emergency, a curfew has been extended and will be in effect from midnight to 6:00 a.m. until Saturday, September 16, 2017.

8. What about the safety of my neighborhood?
As a combined effort, officers from the Glynn County Police Department, Glynn County Sheriff’s Office, Brunswick Police Department, and School Resource Officers have completed over 2,000 neighborhood patrols as of Sunday morning to ensure the safety of the community.

9. What do I do if I see a power line down on the ground?
Do not touch fallen power lines as they can be extremely dangerous. Anything can conduct electricity, so even if a power line is on a tree, do not touch the tree.

10. Where do I report fallen trees, flooded roadways, or other major road damage?
To report non-emergency public roadway damage call the customer service call center at (912) 554-7111.

11. How do I navigate an intersection with flashing red lights or no power?
Any intersection with a flashing red light or no power should be treated like a 4-way stop. Please be mindful of officers and crews working on roadways.

12. Where do I call to report a Power Outage?
GA Power outage line is 1-888-891-0938 and the OREMC phone number is 1-800-262-5131.

13. How will I know when it’s safe to return home?
Damage assessment teams have been deployed to do field surveys and crews are addressing those problems. Glynn County will notify the public about re-entry using all available media outlets, including the…/Severe-Weather-TS-Hurricane-U… website, the Glynn County Board of Commissioners Facebook page, and Glynn County's Emergency Advisory Radio System available on104.9 FM.

14. This didn’t answer any of my questions, where can I talk to a real person?
Call the customer service call center at (912) 554-7111 to ask any questions that may have not been addressed here.

Helpful Links:

Glynn County BOC Facebook: 
Glynn County EMA Facebook: 
National Weather Service-
GA Power:
American Red Cross-
Essentials of a Disaster Kit: 

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