When seconds count

F1Tornado
Will you be notified during an emergency alert?

 

When emergencies occur, Dawson and Pickens counties’ citizens can receive alerts from each county and take action to protect themselves and their families. If citizens are listed in the phonebook, inclusion in the notification database is automatic. Those with unlisted numbers, unpublished numbers or cell phones must opt in to receive emergency alerts. The emergency systems can inform citizens about emergencies related to floods, fires, water emergencies, road closures, missing persons, evacuation orders, weather emergencies and other emergencies as needed. Personal information submitted is not provided to outside agencies or companies. Text message and email alerts are also available.

Swiftreach Networks Inc. is the emergency notification provider for Dawson County. To register for Swift911™ in Dawson County by computer, go to https://dawsoncounty.org/. Locate the Swift 911 Notification icon in the right hand corner at the bottom of the page and click Add/Remove Yourself. Fill in the blanks and submit the information to register landlines and cellphones. Incidentally, the Citizen Newsletter subscription icon is located above the Swift911 icon. The newsletter provides breaking news, local events, and important updates. For citizens without computer access, call 706-344-3666 ext 223 to register. The caller ID during a notification will read “Dawson County.”

Pickens County uses the CodeRed Weather Warning™ to alert citizens. To register for emergency notification services in Pickens County by computer, go to https://pickenscountyga.gov/. The Code Red Weather Warning™ icon is located on the left hand side of the page. Click the icon, create an account, fill in the blanks, and submit the information. For citizens without computer access, call 706-253-8911 to register. The caller ID for Pickens County alerts will read 800-566-9780.

Chief Ricky Jordan in Big Canoe recommends that all residents register for the alert service. According to Jordan, residents are reminded a couple of times a year in communications from Big Canoe’s Public Safety department about the need to register for the alerts. Jordan stated, “We are investigating systems for Big Canoe. For now, we are using emails for alerts in Big Canoe and working with the counties. With Pickens County, we’ve identified areas which could be affected by emergencies related to the dam. In case of emergency, we can notify the residents in the affected areas, provided that they have registered with Pickens County.”

When seconds count with personal emergencies, Big Canoe Public Safety and the Big Canoe Wellness Collaborative developed and distributed medical information kits to provide pertinent medical and personal information to health care providers in case of an emergency. The free kits are available in Big Canoe at the Fire Station, the Fitness Center, the Wellness Collaborative information area near the Alpha Boxes in the Postal Facility, and at various events throughout the community.

The Emergency Medical Information Form should be completed for each person in the household. In Big Canoe, the completed form(s) should be placed in the bag provided in the kit and secured with the attached double-sided tape to the inside of the refrigerator on the left, top sidewall. Outside Big Canoe, blank Emergency Medical Information Forms are available for download at https://www.bcwell.org/medicalform/ or can be completed online, then printed and placed where the forms can be accessed by emergency personnel.

Newest Stories - News

One lane for bridge over Etowah on Hwy 9

One lane for bridge over Etowah on Hwy 9

July 4 a big day for Big Canoe kids, dogs…

July 4 a big day for Big Canoe kids, dogs, visitors and residents

Fireworks spark early morning blaze that destroyed three homes

Fireworks spark early morning blaze that destroyed three homes  

Woman murdered, met killer at Rainbow Gathering in Lumpkin County

Woman murdered, met killer at Rainbow Gathering in Lumpkin County

NGV supporting Share Program at Terraces concert

NGV supporting Share Program at Terraces concert

Dahlonega Plateau acquires long-awaited American Viticultural Area designation for the…

North Georgia wine growing area designated an American Viticultural Area

Parents arrested after missing 18-year-old found

Parents arrested after missing 18-year-old found

Fireworks barge is constructed and moved to Lake Sconti

Fireworks barge is constructed and moved to Lake Sconti

Musical Fancy Nancy coming to Woodstock

The Outlet Shoppes of Atlanta, Elm Street Cultural Arts Village bring the musical ‘Fancy Nancy’...

Sneaky Petit Pete still swims in the grottos of Lake…

Sneaky Petit Pete still swims in the grottos of Lake Petit

Big Canoe’s colorful 5K Fun Run/Walk welcomes all

Big Canoe’s colorful 5K Fun Run/Walk welcomes all

Maddux honored for 13 years of service to Dawson elections…

Maddux honored for 13 years of service to Dawson elections board

Two of Big Canoe’s creative clubs are coming together for…

Joint exhibit by Big Canoe's Photography Club and Artists Club

Northside Hospital treating blood cancer patients with cell-based immunotherapy

Northside Hospital treating blood cancer patients with cell-based immunotherapy

Advertisement

SmokeSignals Online
11293 Big Canoe
Big Canoe, GA 30143
PH: 706-669-7095

©2018 Big Canoe News