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DeKalb County Irma Recovery Update

09/15/17 9:02 am

Branches and limbs must be trimmed and cut to a maximum of four feet, stacked neatly at the curb or placed in an approved receptacle. Trees must be cut as small as possible, so that each piece does not exceed a maximum of 50 pounds. Tree limbs that are cut by professional or hired contractors should not be left at the curb for collection by the Sanitation Division.
 
All yard trimmings must be properly prepared for collection and placed in approved 20- to 40-gallon receptacles. Approved receptacles include durable metal and plastic containers, durable biodegradable paper bags and must have two durable handles. Paper bags should be folded at the top to minimize rain deteriorating the paper bags. Yard trimmings placed in plastic bags will not be collected.
 
Collection service for residential and commercial customers will resume on Wednesday, Sept. 13, during normal operating hours and the revised scheduled appears below. County grappler trucks will also collect large items needing removal.
 
Wednesday, September 13th – Residential customers whose regularly scheduled collection day was Monday, September 11th, will be serviced on Wednesday, September 13th. Commercial customers whose regularly scheduled collection days were Monday, September 11th and Tuesday, September 12th, will be serviced on Wednesday, September 13th.
 
Thursday, September 14th – Residential customers whose regularly scheduled collection day is Tuesday, September 12th, will be serviced on Thursday, September 14th. Commercial customers whose regularly scheduled collection days are Wednesday, September 13th, and Thursday, September 14th, will be serviced on Thursday, September 14th.
 
Friday, September 15th
– Residential customers whose regularly scheduled collection day is Wednesday, September 13th, will be serviced on Friday, September 15th. Commercial customers whose regularly scheduled collection day is Friday, September 15th, will be serviced on Friday, September 15th.
 
Saturday, September 16th – Residential customers whose regularly scheduled collection day is Thursday, September 14th, will be serviced on Saturday, Sept. 16th. Commercial customers whose regularly scheduled collection day is Saturday, September 16th, will be serviced on Saturday, September 16th.
 
For updates, follow the Sanitation Division on Twitter @DKalbSanitation, or visit www.dekalbsanitation.com.
 
FOOD SAFETY
As many areas in DeKalb County and Metro Atlanta await power restoration, the DeKalb County Board of Health is reminding residents to inspect their freezer and refrigerator contents carefully once the power comes back on, as some food items may no longer be safe to eat.

To determine whether items can be kept or must be thrown away:

* Never taste a food to determine its safety.

* Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to maintain the cold temperature. The refrigerator will keep food safely cold for about four hours if it is unopened.

* A full freezer will hold the temperature for approximately 48 hours (24 hours if it is half full and the door remains closed).

* Food may be safely refrozen if it still contains ice crystals or is at 40 °F or below.

* Obtain block ice or dry ice to keep your refrigerator and freezer as cold as possible if the power is going to be out for a prolonged period of time. Fifty pounds of dry ice should hold an 18-cubic-foot full freezer for 2 days.

* If the power has been out for several days, then check the temperature of the freezer with an appliance thermometer or food thermometer. If the food still contains ice crystals or is at 40 °F or below, the food is safe.

* If a thermometer has not been kept in the freezer, then check each package of food to determine its safety. If the food still contains ice crystals, the food is safe.

* Discard refrigerated perishable food such as meat, poultry, fish, soft cheeses, milk, eggs, leftovers, and deli items after four hours without power.

* When in Doubt, Throw it Out!
 
OTHER IMPORTANT NUMBERS:
AMERICAN RED CROSS: Emergency Assistance: Get Assistance (24-hour help line: 404-876-3302) HERE.
 
GEORGIA POWER: Georgia Power has designated a Power Outage system for reporting outages and receiving help HERE.
 
TRACKING POWER OUTAGES: Georgia Power says about 5,500 company personnel are responding, but they had to wait until conditions were safe for crews to begin inspecting and servicing power lines. For more, click HERE.
 
FEMA: Information for approved individual assistance monies for this disaster are available. Information is updated every 24 hours HERE.
 
AVOIDING FRAUDULENT CONTRACTORS: There may be reports of FEMA inspectors asking for personal information or charging for services such as damage inspections or contractor repairs. This is a SCAM. For more, click HERE.
 
DONATE SECURELY TO IRMA RELIEF: Organizations on the ground know what items and quantities are needed, often buy in bulk with discounts and, if possible, purchase through area businesses that supports economic recovery. For more, click HERE.
 
REPORT A DOWNED TREE BLOCKING THE ROAD: DEKALB.  Call 404-294-2911 or click HERE.
 
Go to www.dekalbcountyga.gov/irma to updated Irma recovery information.

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(Commissioner Jeff Rader represents District Two on DeKalb County's Board of Commissioners. He was reelected in November of 2010 for another four-year term.)

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