Thursday, January 17, 2013
The department has activated the county's emergency operations center.
- PUBLIC SAFETY
Thursday, January 17
Barrow County Emergency Services is already preparing for possible winter weather and the impact that weather could have on Barrow — the county's emergency operations center has been activated. Personnel in the center will be monitoring the weather and road conditions, coordinating responses to non-emergency calls, collecting information and coordinating with other departments and agencies throughout Barrow County as well as state agencies. “The National Weather Service is predicting the potential for icy conditions as well as high winds tonight,” Lt. Scott Dakin, public information officer, said in a news release. “With this in mind, the department is already taking steps to prepare for the potential weather and the adverse effects it …
Check weather and road conditions before you travel.
Thursday, January 17
The Georgia Department of Transportation is urging residents to use caution when traveling Friday morning. With a forecast calling for snow likely before 11 p.m. tonight and a low about 29 degrees, roadways in northeast Georgia could get messy overnight. Potential hazardous situations during winter weather include: The GDOT urges drivers: Georgia DOT urges travelers to exercise caution and call 511 for updated information on roadway conditions before getting on the road during a winter weather event. Georgia 511 is a free phone service that provides real-time traffic and travel information statewide, including winter weather closures, reports of icing or other hazardous conditions on interstates and state routes. Callers also can …
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Local law enforcement identify roadways that pose the most problems during snow and ice.
When winter weather comes to town, the best option is always to stay home. If you have to go out, there are steps you can take to make driving safer for everyone. With the possibility of more snow and ice this winter season, Barrow Patch asked local police officers to share their tips for staying safe when roads get hazardous. Tips for winter weather driving Courtesy of Lt. Danny Kerns, Auburn Police Department, Lt. Rob Curott, Winder Police Department, Chief Steve Martin, Statham Police Department, and Sheriff Jud Smith, Barrow County Sheriff’s Office Barrow Patch also spoke with local officials about winter road conditions in their respective areas. Each department supplied a list of roads to avoid in case of ice and snow. Barrow County …
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
While the department was busy, call volume was not as high as anticipated.
During the period before, during and after the recent winter storm, communications officers with Barrow County Emergency Services received more than 5,000 calls for assistance from residents. Of those calls, received from Jan. 6 through 13, 1,507 came through the 911 lines. “Overall the call volume was not as high as anticipated due to most citizens heeding the warnings and staying home for much of last week,” said Lt. Scott Dakin, spokesman for BCES. While many residents refrained from traveling during the winter storm, the department still fielded calls from stranded drivers needing assistance. From the evening of Jan. 9 through the morning of Jan. 14, communication officers received calls reporting 119 motorists needing assistance and …
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Some downtown Winder merchants are open, while others are still battling snow and ice.
Shane Maxwell had planned to open his business Wednesday. Now he’s hoping for Saturday. The owner of Maxwell’s Clothing on Center Street in downtown Winder arrived Wednesday to find a solid sheet of ice covering his parking lot, a lingering result of the winter storm that brought much of Barrow County to a standstill Monday and Tuesday. “It’s not melted right now,” Maxwell said today. “I’m hoping that by Saturday we can open.” The Winder native said traveling to his business wasn’t bad but getting into the parking lot and the danger of customers falling weren’t risks he was willing to take. “I don’t think (salt) is going to help,” Maxwell said. “It’s just a sheet of ice over there, and it’s thick.” Other local business owners fared better …
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
While staying home during winter weather is safest, here are some tips for those who must travel.
Despite hazardous road conditions, Barrow residents are getting out and traveling. While staying home during winter weather is the best way to stay safe, if you feel you must drive in snow and slush, AAA, a not-for-profit organization of motor clubs, offers these tips. Tips for driving in snow:
Saturday, January 8, 2011
Barrow County Emergency Services asks residents to stay off the roadways if possible and refrain from inundating 911 with non-emergency calls.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for Barrow and surrounding counties effective Sunday evening through Monday night. With the possibility of dangerous weather conditions moving into the area, Barrow County Emergency Services is asking residents to remain aware of weather conditions. “With the weather service predicting snow moving into the area Sunday night or early Monday morning, followed by sleet and freezing rain the roads could become very dangerous,” said John Skinner, interim fire chief. “If the snow and ice does move into Barrow County we urge all citizens to stay off the roadway unless absolutely necessary and if they do have to drive to slow down and use extreme caution.” BCES is already gearing up for …