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Emergency Location Reporting Requirements for Foster Parents and Caregivers
In the event of an emergency evacuation, foster parents and providers are required to report changes of location for children in foster care by calling the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services Centralized Intake Call Center (CICC) at (1-855-GA-CHILD) or (855) 422-4453.
- When calling this number, please select option “1” and let the responding agent know that you are caring for a foster child and need to report your relocation as a result of the storm.
- Be prepared to provide the following information:
- Your location
- Contact information at your location
- Information on current household composition and members
- Description of any unmet needs for the children in your care.
In addition to reporting location changes due to emergencies, foster parents/providers relocating with a medically-fragile child should contact CICC with questions or to seek assistance meeting a need relating to the care of the child.
Acting on a recommendation from the state’s Emergency Operations Command in anticipation of Hurricane Irma, Gov. Nathan Deal issued a state of emergency for 30 counties. This emergency declaration includes the following counties effective Sept. 7, 2017:
Appling, Atkinson, Bacon, Brantley, Bryan, Bulloch, Burke, Camden, Candler, Charlton, Chatham, Clinch, Coffee, Echols, Effingham, Emanuel, Evans, Glynn, Jenkins, Jeff Davis, Liberty, Long, McIntosh, Pierce, Screven, Tattnall, Toombs, Treutlen, Wayne and Ware.
Gov. Deal also issued a mandatory evacuation for all areas east of I-95, all of Chatham County and some areas west of I-95 that could be impacted by potential storm surge from Hurricane Irma.
The Georgia Emergency Management & Homeland Security Agency is actively monitoring Hurricane Irma and is coordinating with our state, local, public and private sector partners to ensure we are ready to respond. There are immediate steps you can take to ensure you, your family and friends are ready for whatever weather comes our way. Visit the Ready Georgia website or use the Ready Georgia app to begin your planning now.
For your convenience, please visit: http://www.redcross.org/get-help/disaster-relief-and-recovery-services/find-an-open-shelter for shelter locations.
Important Tips To Remember!
- Keep your emergency supplies stocked
- Include a three-day supply of bottled water per person
- Non-perishable food (canned, dried, etc.)
- First aid kit
- Battery-powered radio, extra batteries
- Flashlights, batteries
- Flares,booster,cables,tire repair kit, fire extinguisher
- Special items for infants, elderly or disabled family members
- List of emergency phone numbers
- Prescription medications and glasses
- Cash or traveler’s checks and change
- Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and back account records in a waterproof portable container
During a Hurricane:
- If you plan to evacuate, leave early enough to avoid being trapped by severe weather
- Follow recommended evacuation routes
- If you plan to stay, shelter-in-place
- Stay indoors and away from windows
- Drive only if necessary
- Stay away from low-lying and flood-prone areas
- Avoid flooded roads and washed out bridges
- Avoid drinking or preparing food with tap water
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