Hurricane Storm Surge Maps for Georgia Coast Distributed

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Release date: 
August 16, 2000
Release Number: 
HQ-00-112
Photo of St. Marys American Express Financial Advisor Paul Moore talking to kids and parents.
St. Marys American Express Financial Advisor Paul Moore (also known as the American Red Cross Scrubby Bear) talks to kids and parents about PROJECT IMPACT and storm preparedness in Camden County.

Photo of Congressman Jack Kingston's representatives Jennifer Spaulding and Kellie Harris attending the Glynn County kickoff
Congressman Jack Kingston's representatives Jennifer Spaulding and Kellie Harris attended the Glynn County kickoff at The Home Depot and discussed storm surge with Partnership Committee Chairman Tony Sammons.

Photo of McIntosh County Fire Chief Melvin Amerson, American Red Cross Disaster Services Director Rita Brookshire, McIntosh County Emergency Management Agency Director Ray Parker, and Public Information/Human Services Subcommittee Chairman William Jennings
McIntosh County Fire Chief Melvin Amerson, American Red Cross Disaster Services Director Rita Brookshire, McIntosh County Emergency Management Agency Director Ray Parker, and Public Information/Human Services Subcommittee Chairman William Jennings prepare for the U.S. Coast Guard's sea-air demonstration in Darien.

BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- The Coastal Georgia Regional Development Center (CGRDC) continues its work in making the southern coastal counties of Georgia more disaster resistant by implementing PROJECT IMPACT initiatives in Camden, Glynn, and McIntosh counties. One of the most interactive projects that the South Coastal Georgia PROJECT IMPACT Initiative has implemented recently is the hurricane storm surge map.

Over 30 Project Impact business partners contributed $26,450 in order to produce 110,000 copies of the storm surge map. The maps explain to what extent the region will be flooded with ocean water during each category of hurricane. In addition to storm surge information, the map also has a hurricane history, preparedness tips, risk reduction strategies and local evacuation routes.

For the first time in Georgia's history, this storm surge information is being distributed to the public and hosted on the Internet at www.gastormsurge.com.

Tony Sammons, Project Impact partnership committee chairman and Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce chairman commented, "We have been working with Hurricane Maps Enterprises Publisher Mark Sudduth to get these maps into everyone's hands this hurricane season so they know what their risk is and know how to prepare their families."

"We know how hard Hurricane Floyd was on everybody last year, so we are determined to reach as many people as we can," explained Jimmy Otto, McIntosh County Development Authority executive director and Project Impact public information/human services vice-chairman.

Since the South Coastal Georgia Project Impact Initiative is a multi-county disaster resistant community, they hosted four map kick-offs, one in each county and one on St. Simons Island, to hand out maps and spread the word about preparing for disasters BEFORE they strike. Camden County's kick-off was held at the Kings Bay Village in St. Marys; Glynn County hosted two kick-offs at The Home Depot in Brunswick and The First Bank of Brunswick on St. Simons Island; and McIntosh County's kick-off w...

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July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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