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COLD WEATHER INFORMATION

WEDNESDAY

News release from First Nazareth Church: Soup's on again.  First Nazareth Missionary Baptist Church, 1023 W. 44th Street, will continue to fulfill God's mission by feeding the homeless and those in need.  Once again the church will be serving soup and providing emergency shelter on today, Wednesday, January 8, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to Thursday 6:00 a.m.

In effort to provide additional shelter for the homeless the doors of the church opened yesterday as an Emergency Shelter. The church provided shelter and food to anyone in need.  Rev. Guy Malcolm Hodge, III, Pastor, said the church saw a need to extend help beyond the four walls of the church. "With extremely low temperatures in the area we felt there are many people in our community who could use some additional help," said Rev. Hodge. 

The church is asking that anyone willing to make donations of food, clothing or blankets to drop them off at the church. Monetary donations will also be accepted. For more information Rev. Hodge can be reached at 912.341.7004.

TUESDAY

SCE&G Energy
SCE&G expects energy use to remain high into the evening and tomorrow morning as extreme cold temperatures continue. We ask our customers to conserve energy where possible and to unplug non-essential appliances and devices. Conservation during the hours of 6 to 9 PM this evening and 6 to 9 AM tomorrow morning will help lessen the stress on our electric system and reduce the potential for outages. Thank you for your continued patience and understanding during this unprecedented situation.  

Customers can also report power outages to SCE&G online at sceg.com/storm, through their mobile device at sceg.com/mobile, or by calling 1-888-333-4465. Customers may also register their cell phone in advance to take advantage of convenient outage reporting via text (SMS). Follow us on Facebook and Twitter @scegnews.

JASPER COUNTY, SC SCHOOL DISTRICT
The Jasper County School District had four buses that would not crank this morning, however spare buses were used and transported all students to school on time. No students had to wait on the spare buses in the colder weather this morning due to the plan the district has in place for the use of the spare buses. There were also no issues with heating or pipes this morning. The district had heating systems operating throughout the night Monday night and will also continue to do so tonight. If students should need a coat, the Student Services Department within the district will be available to assist them. Please contact Kathy Brown at (843)717-1603 or Curtis Dixon at (843)717-1601 for more information. The district has taken all precautions during this frigid weather to ensure the safety and well-being of all of its students and staff.

EMANUEL COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Due to unseasonably cold weather, all Emanuel County Schools bus routes will be delayed one hour on Wednesday, January 8, 2014.  Bus routes will begin at 7:30 a.m. Parents of students riding buses are asked to allow for the one-hour delay.  School doors will open at 7:30 a.m.  All staff members should report to work at regular time. 

BULLOCH COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT
From a news release: "Bulloch County Schools' morning bus commute and school openings went very smoothly this morning despite the cold weather.  According to Transportation Director Paul Webb, only three buses did not crank out of the school district's fleet of more than 150 buses. By arriving earlier, Webb and his staff were able to either place a spare bus or substitute driver on these routes with little delay.   One bus in the Portal area did break down 15 minutes into the route, but students were quickly placed on another bus,  and the 20-plus students on that route were only about 15 minutes late to school at Portal Elementary and Portal Middle High School  At no time during these transfers were students exposed for any length of time to the fridgid temperatures. "It was a pretty normal morning," Webb said. "Drivers and mechanics did a good job of getting buses cranked early, and they answered calls to buses that needed help."

"As students arrived to the district's 15 campuses, the heat was on.  Only three principals reported isolated incidents of single classrooms that were colder than normal.  The school district's maintenance department is addressing those issues.  Students were relocated to spare classrooms where the heat was functioning at normal levels."

"Temperatures will be well below normal again tomorrow.  Superintendent Charles Wilson will again monitor conditions with Bulloch County Emergency Management.  Bulloch County Schools Transportation and Maintenance Departments and school administrators will follow the same plan as today to ensure safety and warmth for students. Bus mechanics and drivers will report to work earlier Wednesday. They will again ensure that buses are cranked and warm before they begin morning routes. So that arents can keep their children inside their homes and cars instead of having them stand at the bus stop, drivers will be patient and wait on students to board. This will result in some buses delays, so again schools will work with the students. Schools will keep their activities inside over the next few days. Parents are encouraged to dress children warmly. Layered clothing with a jacket, hat and gloves works well."

Georgia Dept. of Driver Services
While most Department of Driver Services in Georgia driver licensing customer service centers are in good shape, there are a few weather related issues which will affect any customers trying to obtain service today.

The Cartersville, Reidsville, and Athens locations are closed Tuesday due to plumbing issues caused by frozen pipes.

There is no heat in Atlanta, Blue Ridge, Dalton, and Decatur.  DDS is hoping to maintain office hours utilizing space heaters. 

DDS advises that anyone needing driver licensing services at one of these locations, to check for an alternate location at www.dds.ga.gov.

SHELTER INFORMATION

First Nazareth Missionary Baptist Church will open their doors Tuesday night for those in need of shelter from the cold. They will serve soup and sandwiches, as well as provide a place to sleep overnight. They'll do this from 6 p.m. Tuesday to 7 a.m. Wednesday. The church is located at 1023 W. 44th Street, across from Beach High School.

Inner City Night Shelter has said that they were over capacity both Monday night and are expecting to be again Tuesday night. The director has instructed their staff that if anyone comes to the shelter to not be turned away, so they will take in everyone and anyone that comes to their doors regardless of how many people show up.


MONDAY

SCHOOL INFORMATION

SAVANNAH-CHATHAM

All Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools (SCCPSS) will be open on Tuesday, January 7, 2014, and will operate on normal schedules.  Parents are encouraged to dress children in anticipation of the cold temperatures that will affect the area over the next two days using layered clothing, hats, gloves, and scarves.

SCCPSS will keep all heating systems functional throughout the night and will monitor them regularly to ensure functionality and warm temperatures for students when they arrive at school in the morning.  Maintenance crews are also on standby and school bus fleets will start engines early to ensure all buses are warm and on schedule for student pick up.

Parents who wish to drop their children off at school rather than use school bus transportation services in the morning may do so. School staff will be on hand early to receive students and welcome them into the building.

SCCPSS continues to closely monitor weather conditions and will communicate any changes to the operational schedule through the district's website, twitter feed, local media, and parent call out system.  We are working to ensure a great start back from Winter Break and look forward to seeing all students on Tuesday, January 7, 2014. 

BACON COUNTY

Shane Bennett from Bacon County schools just called and let us know that there will be no school tomorrow. Students and Staff will not be reporting.

BULLOCH COUNTY

Bulloch County Schools will be open Tuesday and Wednesday and all campuses will operate on their normal schedules.  As cold weather affects the area for the next two days, Superintendent Charles Wilson is maintaining close contact with the Bulloch County Emergency Management Agency, school principals, and the school district's directors of transportation and maintenance to help ensure student safety and warm buses and buildings.

"As a result of the information we have received from Bulloch County EMA, we do not foresee the need to cancel school," Wilson said Monday morning. "We are taking precautions and realize that things will be moving more slowly than usual.

According to weather predictions, no significant ice accumulation is anticipated. Winds are expected to dry the rain that fell earlier; however, with wind there is the possibility of trees or power lines being blown down.  County road crews are prepared for that, and will alert the school system of any affected areas.

Part of the school district's plan is for Bulloch County schools' bus mechanics and drivers to report to work earlier the next two days. They will be ensuring that buses are cranked and warm before they begin morning routes.  

Bulloch County Schools communicates any information about school closings to all Savannah-area television stations, Statesboro radio stations, the Bulloch County Schools website, and the district's and schools' social media sites

COLLETON COUNTY

Colleton County schools will open on a two-hour delay Tuesday, Jan. 7. School start time will be at 10 a.m. Staff is expected to report as usual, according to the Colleton County Schools website.

EMANUEL COUNTY

Emanual County schools will be closed Tuesday, Jan. 7 for students and staff.

PIERCE COUNTY

Pierce County Schools will be closed Tuesday, Jan. 7, for all staff and students. School is expected to resume for students and staff Wednesday, Jan. 8.

WARE COUNTY

Ware County schools will be closed tomorrow according to their website: http://www.ware.k12.ga.us/

BEAUFORT COUNTY, SC

Beaufort County School District Facebook page:
Temperatures are dropping out there! As students stepped off the buses this morning, the temperatures were in the low 60's and now we are in the 40's in some areas! PLEASE ensure that your child is dressed properly for these chilly temps and wind chills over the next few days. We are under a Wind Chill Advisory until Tuesday morning, so bundle up! We want all of our students healthy and well so they can do their very best each day in school!

JASPER COUNTY, SC

All Jasper County School District Schools will open on schedule tomorrow morning, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. The district asks that parents make sure their students are prepared for the expected colder temperatures.

Coastal Electric Cooperative
"We are prepared for the below freezing temperatures the next 36 hours. Our distribution system is in great shape and we expect no widespread outages. There could be a few individual outages but we are prepared to respond to them quickly. With the temperature dropping through the day Georgia's electric cooperatives expect a Monday evening peak of approximately 7,900 MWh. The loads will likely remain above 7,000 MWh throughout the night until we hit the morning peak on Tuesday of approximately 8,500 MWh. Typical evening loads for the system are 3,500 MWh to 4,000 MWh.

We will be monitoring the weather and system conditions closely and keep you informed here. Please ask your friends served by Coastal Electric Cooperative to follow us on Facebook for up to the minute information."

Georgia Power
As the temperatures continue to plummet today, Georgia Power is monitoring weather conditions around the state and is ready for the predicted record-low temperatures.

In preparation for high demand, we've brought additional generation online to ensure adequate and reliable supplies of electricity. Our control centers will carefully monitor power loads on circuits, and crews and engineering teams are being kept on call in the event heavy loads cause isolated outages over the next 24 hours.

Additionally, we want to make media and customers aware of the following:

Customers can view reported outages across the state, as well as estimated restoration times, at www.georgiapower.com/storm<http://www.georgiapower.com/storm>. They can also report a new outage AND sign up for email or phone alerts for the latest information.

Customers can always report or check the status of an outage via phone at 1-888-891-0938.

Georgia Power has posted a variety of useful tips and information for preparing your home for winter weather at www.georgiapower.com<http://www.georgiapower.com>:

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