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Emergency crews urge caution with heat wave

Cooling center opens at Roper Park



Pickens County EMA will treat the next 72 hours as a potential heavy-call period with a heat wave expected to send temperatures into the triple digits.

Fire Chief Bob Howard said they would handle this as an operation, with additional manpower and will closely monitor the volume of calls coming into 911 to take further steps as needed.

The county will open the community center at Roper Park from 1 p.m. until 9 p.m. through Sunday as a cooling station. Pets are not allowed. 

“We’ll have it as a place to come and sit and cool down,” he said.

The county will issue a code red alert on the heat wave, asking all residents to be very careful in the heat, drink plenty of water and don’t leave pets or kids in cars.


Howard said they had been in contact with staff at the senior center to see that elderly are covered with fans if they lack air conditioning. Howard said the people at the senior center said they were all covered they felt.

Of particular concern is the fair and other activities planned for the weekend. Howard said the city of Jasper crews will be monitoring the fair at Lee Newton Park for heat problems.




Beat the Heat with Tips from Pickens County EMA
and Ready Georgia

A scorching heat wave will arrive in earnest this weekend, with temperatures expected to soar into the triple digits in many parts of Georgia. Extreme heat is the No. 1 weather-related killer in the U.S, claiming approximately 400 lives across the nation, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, so it is best to prepare now to reduce your risk of heat-related illness.

“Extreme heat can be dangerous and deadly, particularly for the elderly and infants, but staying indoors and drinking plenty of water will help you stay cool and hydrated when temperatures rise,” says Pickens County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director Bob Howard.

To help families prepare, Ready Georgia, a statewide emergency preparedness campaign created by the Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security offers the tools needed to make an emergency supply kit, develop a communications plan and stay informed about potential threats. Visitors to Ready Georgia’s website can create an online profile to receive a tailored plan for the entire family that includes the specific amount of supplies to put in their household Ready kits. In addition, Ready Georgia’s free mobile app provides alerts and preparedness information for people on-the-go.

Pickens County and Ready Georgia also give these 10 tips to ensure a safe summer for every family:

1. Insulate your home by installing weather stripping around your doors and window sills to keep the cool air inside. 

2. Stay indoors in air-conditioned spaces as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun.

3. Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible.

4. Familiarize yourself with the medical conditions that can result from over-exposure to heat, including heat exhaustion and heat stroke to help lessen health threats and harm. 

5. Avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day. Use a buddy system when working in extreme heat, and take frequent breaks.

6. Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.

7. Postpone outdoor activities and take shelter in a home, building or hard top automobile if severe weather is headed your way.

8. Make sure pets have plenty of water and shade, be careful to not over-exercise them, and keep them indoors when it's extremely hot.

9. Conserve water in your household to help prevent drought: wash only full loads of dishes and laundry, fix household leaks and install low-flow toilets and showerheads. 

10. Closely monitor a local radio station, TV station or NOAA Weather Radio for the latest information on excessive heat watches and warnings.

10. Closely monitor a local radio station, TV station or NOAA Weather Radio for the latest information on excessive heat watches and warnings.

For more information, contact Pickens County EMA at 706-253-8954 or visit


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