Resources to use as the storm threat grows for Northwest Georgia. Plus: Media backups if power goes out.

Resources to use as the storm threat grows for Northwest Georgia. Plus: Media backups if power goes out.

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BEST RESOURCES

Get the Floyd County EMA app: Free and easy to use, this app is packed with everything you need to know including preparedness kits, NOAA radio, alerts, power outages and more. (Above image)

Subscribe to the Code Red alerts. Click Code Red

Good advice: How to build a “ready” kit. Click Ready

Georgia Power updates on power outages, downed lines and what to do before, during and after a storm. Georgia Power

Get the Georgia Power app to track, report outages. APP

The State of Georgia has set up a special website for Irma and how to stay prepared, closings, and travel delays http://irma.georgia.org/hurricane/

Subscribe to our free text alerts: We reserve these for major events only. There may be charges from your phone service provide as well. We do NOT share your information with anyone. To subscribe, text HometownText to 313131 and follow the easy instructions. You can opt out at any time. 

Have an app or source to share? Please email us at druck@hometownheadlines.com

MEDIA BACKUPS IF WE LOSE POWER

Please remember Hometown Headlines will be posting to both the websites and social media. Should we lose power and access to the website, all updates will appear on social media. Please keep these links:

Facebook for Hometown Headlines: Or https://www.facebook.com/hometownheadlines/

Facebook for Bartow Headlines: Or https://www.facebook.com/bartowheadlines/

Twitter: Or https://twitter.com/hometown

WRGA: The webcast can be heard at wrga.streamon.fm

FEDERAL UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE FOR THOSE IMPACTED BY HURRICANE

Media release: State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said he’s been assured by U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta that assistance will be available for Georgians disrupted by Hurricane Irma. Often after a natural disaster, companies are closed for days or weeks. When that happens, employees can lose income for extended periods. Butler said help can be made available through Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA), a program administered here by the Georgia Department of Labor. Eligible workers can get as much as $330 a week for up to 26 weeks if they are unable to return to work due to damage from Hurricane Irma. The determination of DUA eligibility will be made only after the storm hits, damage is assessed and a federal disaster has been declared by the President.  DUA differs from regular state unemployment insurance in that it provides benefits to people who are self-employed, farmers, diversified farming operators, loggers, commission-paid employees, and others who are not eligible under the state’s program. Commissioner Butler said his department stands ready to assist both employers and employees in the wake of landfall from Irma. The department has established toll free numbers for employers (1-855-436-7365) and employees (1-877-709-8185) seeking help to call. Directions have also been placed on the departmental website, dol.georgia.gov.

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