Based on the JONES COUNTY DROUGHT CONTINGENCY PLAN, Water Restrictions may be put in place when there are drought indicators.

    Current Drought condition indicators are:

    1. Daily flow meter totals for all water plants reaching permit totals or production totals.
    2. Ground water monitored for unusual drops in levels.
    3. Pump stations abnormal use to maintain system pressure. Inability to maintain elevated tank capacities.

    We are experiencing conditions 1 and 3 due to a lack of rainfall.
    Therefore, the Jones County Board of Commissioners recommend that the following restrictions be implemented:

    1. Washing hard surfaces such as streets, gutters, sidewalks and driveways, except when necessary for public health and safety;
    2. Using water for ornamental purposes, such as fountains, reflecting pools, and waterfalls;
    3. Use of fire hydrants, except for the purposes of firefighting, public health, safety, or flushing;
    4. Washing vehicles, such as cars, boats, trailers, motorbikes, airplanes, or golf carts;
    5. Non-commercial washing, or pressure washing, of buildings or structures, except for immediate fire protection; and
    6. Charity, or non-commercial fund-raiser, car washes
    7. General Outdoor Watering. Outdoor irrigation for purposes of planting, growing, managing, or maintaining ground cover, trees, shrubs, or other plants is not permitted.

    Specific Categories of Outdoor Water Use. The outdoor water uses shall be allowed, subject to the following additional requirements:

    1. Irrigation of personal food gardens shall be conducted between the hours of 12:00 midnight and 6:00 a.m., unless done using drip irrigation or soaker hoses. Irrigation of personal food gardens using drip irrigation or soaker hoses may be done at any time.
    2. Hand watering with a hose with automatic cutoff or handheld container may be conducted between the hours of 12:00 midnight and 6:00 a.m.
    3. Irrigation of athletic fields or public turf grass recreational areas may be conducted between the hours of 12:00 midnight and 6:00 a.m., subject to the two days a week odd-even schedule described in Drought Response Level 2.
    4. Irrigation of golf courses shall be conducted in accordance with the “Golf Irrigation Prediction and Estimation Worksheet” and only between the hours of 12:00 midnight and 6:00 a.m., provided, however, irrigation of golf course greens may occur at any time of day.
    5. Use of reclaimed waste water by a designated user from a system permitted by the Division to provide reclaimed waste water shall not be allowed for general outdoor watering.
    6. Installation, maintenance, or calibration of irrigation systems is allowed, provided that it is done by professional landscapers or golf course superintendents.

    Jones County Board of Commissioner

    AUTH: DRG600

    Any questions pertaining to the restrictions may call Jones County Water Department at 478-743-3211.

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  • Hurricane Preparedness Week is May 15-21
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    JONES COUNTY – Now is the time for Jones County residents to get prepared for hurricane season, which officially begins on June 1.  Jones County EMA, along with the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be promoting Hurricane Preparedness Week from May 15-21.


    Although hurricanes can’t be predicted long in advance, our residents can take care of many important preparations this month, before the rush that accompanies a storm’s arrival.

    “Early planning will help Georgia residents to be ready in the event of a hurricane- related incident,” said Jones Co. EMA Director Don Graham. “It’s everyone’s responsibility to be prepared.”

    Hurricane Preparedness Week will focus on those early preparations, and provide residents with day by day information and activities.

    • Sunday, May 15: Know Your Risk— Find out what wind and water hazards could occur in your area. The impacts of hurricanes can be felt hundreds of miles inland – they aren’t just coastal problems.
    • Monday, May 16: Develop an Evacuation Plan. Get familiar with Georgia Navigator, so when the time comes, you’ll know the way to go. You can also find evacuation routes here.
    • Tuesday, May 17: Secure an Insurance Checkup. Call your agent and make sure you have enough coverage to repair or even replace your home. Standard homeowner’s insurance doesn’t cover flooding.
    • Wednesday, May 18: Assemble Disaster Supplies. Have enough non-perishable food, water and medicine to last each person at least three days. Don’t forget the pet supplies!
    • Thursday, May 19: Strengthen Your Home. Make sure your home is in good repair and meets hurricane code specifications. Have the proper plywood or aluminum panels to board up windows and doors.
    • Friday, May 20: Identify your Trusted Sources of Information for a Hurricane Event. When weather alerts and recommendations to take action begin, you’ll need to know where to go to find accurate information.
    • Saturday, May 21: Complete Your Written Hurricane Plan. If you wait until storms are already impending, chances are, stress will cause poor decision making. Know where you will ride out the storm, and where your supplies are stored. Make sure your family is on the same page about who to contact and where to go. Get it all in writing and store copies of the plan where everyone has access to them. Use the Ready Georgia planning tool to create a customized plan for your family.

    Families can also download the free Ready Georgia mobile app to learn how to prepare for emergencies, create family communications plans and more. For more information on how to prepare for severe weather, visit www.ready.ga.gov. To learn about specific risks in your area, contact us at 478-986-6672.


    About GEMHSA

    As part of the Office of the Governor, GEMHSA works with local, state and federal governments, in partnership with the private sector and faith-based community, to protect life and property against man-made and natural emergencies. In addition, GEMHSA employees are on 24-hour call statewide to assist local authorities when disaster strikes.

    About Ready Georgia

    Ready Georgia is GEHMHSA’s statewide campaign designed to educate and empower Georgians to prepare for and respond to natural disasters, pandemic outbreaks, potential terrorist attacks and other large-scale emergencies. Ready Georgia aims to prepare citizens for maintaining self-sufficiency for at least 72 hours following an emergency, and uses an interactive website, free mobile app, broadcast and print advertising and public awareness media messaging to reach its audiences.







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  • Flood Safety Preparedness
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    Next week (March 14-18) is Flood Safety Preparedness Week for the state of Georgia.  Based on a 30-year average (1985-2014), more people are killed from flooding/flash flooding then any other weather hazard and we continue to see the devastating impacts of Flooding/Flash Flooding can have on people across the country. NWS Peachtree City/Atlanta is detailing specific flood-related threats and impacts, particularly in the state of Georgia, on our web page:  http://www.srh.noaa.gov/ffc/?n=flood_preparedness_2016 Additional information can also be found here: http://www.floodsafety.noaa.gov/states/ga-flood.shtml

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    Spring is quickly approaching, bringing volatile weather and an increased potential for severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. Tornadoes are Georgia’s number one weather-related killer, and it’s important to be prepared for the unexpected. Get ready now — identify where you will take shelter during a storm, download the Ready Georgia mobile app to receive weather alerts, and be sure to build a Ready kit.  Also, if you would like to be added to Jones County’s CodeRED weather alert system please look on our home page and click on our CodeRED banner.

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    Are you Ready for an Emergency?

    (ATLANTA) – Governor Nathan Deal, in collaboration with the Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security and the National Weather Service, looks to refresh, remind and educate Georgians about the seasonal threats from severe weather during Severe Weather Preparedness Week (Feb. 1-5).

    “Georgia began the year with torrential rains and flash floods. And though tornadoes can occur year round, the threat increases through spring along with high wind gusts, hail, and lightning from thunderstorms. We want our citizens to be aware of the risks associated with severe weather and provide them with information that will help them be better prepared for the unexpected,” said GEMA/HS Director Jim Butterworth.

    Take advantage of Severe Weather Preparedness Week to review your own family’s emergency procedures and prepare for weather-related hazards.

    Monday, Feb. 1 – Family Preparedness/NOAA Weather Radio Day:  Purchase a life-saving NOAA Weather Radio and choose an out-of-state friend as a “check-in” contact to call if your family gets separated.

    Tuesday, Feb. 2 – Thunderstorm Safety: Learn the difference between a thunderstorm watch and a thunderstorm warning.

    Wednesday, Feb. 3 – Tornado Safety (and PrepareAthon! drill for tornado safety): Determine in advance where you will take shelter in case of a tornado warning.

    Thursday, Feb. 4 – Lightning Safety: Learn the 30/30 rule. Go indoors if, after seeing lightning, you cannot count to 30 before hearing thunder. Stay indoors for 30 minutes after hearing the last clap of thunder.

    Friday, Feb. 5 – Flood Safety (alternate date for PrepareAthon! drill for tornado safety): Copy important documents, seal them in a watertight container and add them to your Ready kit.

    To help Georgians prepare for severe weather, GEMA/HS’s Ready Georgia campaign offers resources and information residents can use to be informed about potential threats, develop a communications plan and create an emergency supply kit. An interactive website provides detailed information on Georgia-specific emergency preparedness and allows users to create a personal profile and receive a customized checklist and family communications plan. Employers can use the Ready Your Business guide to create custom contingency plans, and children can visit the ReadyKids page for age-appropriate information, videos and games. For preparedness and severe weather alerts on the go, families can also download Ready Georgia’s free mobile app.

    Click here to view Governor Deal’s proclamation for Severe Weather Preparedness Week.

    Click here to view infographics for each of the five days of Severe Weather Preparedness Week.

    The statewide PrepareAthon! tornado drill is Wednesday, Feb. 3. (Alternate date Friday, Feb. 5).

    At 9 a.m. NOAA Weather Radios will sound in a simulated tornado warning. There will not be an actual tornado warning issued for the drill and the emergency alert system will not be activated. Tornado sirens will be activated at the discretion of the county authorities. If your NOAA Weather Radio does not sound at the time the routine weekly test is issued, simply start the drill on your own.

    As part of the Office of the Governor, GEMA/HS works with local, state and federal governments, in partnership with the private sector and faith-based community, to protect life and property against man-made and natural emergencies. In addition, GEMA/HS employees are on 24-hour call statewide to assist local authorities when disaster strikes. Go to www.ready.ga.gov or download the free Ready Georgia app to get information on preparing for a disaster and developing a custom emergency plan and Ready kit.

    About Ready Georgia

    Ready Georgia is a statewide campaign designed to educate and empower Georgians to prepare for and respond to natural disasters, pandemic outbreaks, potential terrorist attacks and other large-scale emergencies.  The campaign is a project of the Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security (GEMA/HS) and provides a local dimension to Ready America, a broader national campaign. Ready Georgia aims to prepare citizens for maintaining self-sufficiency for at least 72 hours following an emergency, and uses an interactive website, free mobile app, broadcast and print advertising and public awareness media messaging to reach its audiences. Ready Georgia is also on Facebook and YouTube.

    AUTH: DRG600

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  • Winter Weather Preparedness Week
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    Don’t let warm weather fool you — Old Man Winter is right around the corner. As you begin to get into the holiday spirit, make sure you’re ready if the weather turns out to be more frightful than delightful.

    Winter Weather Preparedness Week focuses on a different preparedness topic each day. Learn about different ways to prepare throughout the week:

    • Monday, Nov 30: Winter Weather in Georgia
    • Tuesday, Dec. 1: Winter Weather Terminology
    • Wednesday, Dec. 2: Preparing for a Winter Storm
    • Thursday, Dec. 3: What to Do During a Winter Storm
    • Friday, Dec. 4: Winter Weather Outlook
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  • 2015 National Preparedness Month
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    Theme: Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.

    September is National Preparedness Month.  This year we are asking you to take action now – make a plan with your community, your family, and for your pets.  Plan how to stay safe and communicate during the disasters that can affect your community. We ask everyone to participate in America’s PrepareAthon! and the national day of action, National PrepareAthon! Day, which culminates National Preparedness Month on September 30.

    Weekly focused themes

    • Week 1:  September 1-5th            Flood
    • Week 2:  September 6-12th          Wildfire
    • Week 3:  September 13-19th        Hurricane
    • Week 4:  September 20-26th        Power Outage
    • Week 5:  September 27-30th        Lead up to National PrepareAthon! Day (September 30th )

    Digital Engagement Toolkit


    Social Media

    • NPM Official Hashtag:  #NatlPrep
    • America’s PreapreAthon! hashtag:  #PrepareAthon
    • Social media accounts to follow:

    Congressional Co-Chairs

    Presidential Proclamation

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  • Blazing Heat Grips Jones County
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    With heat index readings reaching over 104° this week, here are some precautions and emergency procedures pertaining to heat related injuries.

    First, the best defense is prevention.

    •Drink more fluids (nonalcoholic), regardless of your activity level. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. Warning: If your doctor generally limits the amount of fluid you drink or has you on water pills, ask him how much you should drink while the weather is hot.

    •Don’t drink liquids that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar–these actually cause you to lose more body fluid. Also, avoid very cold drinks, because they can cause stomach cramps.

    •Stay indoors and, if at all possible, stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to the shopping mall or public library–even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat.

    •Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath, or moving to an air-conditioned place is a much better way to cool off.

    •Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.

    •NEVER leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle.

    •Although any one at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others. Check regularly on:
    ◦Infants and young children
    ◦People aged 65 or older
    ◦People who have a mental illness
    ◦Those who are physically ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure

    •Visit adults at risk at least twice a day and closely watch them for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Infants and young children, of course, need much more frequent watching.

    If you must be out in the heat:

    •Limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours.

    •Cut down on exercise. If you must exercise, drink two to four glasses of cool, nonalcoholic fluids each hour. A sports beverage can replace the salt and minerals you lose in sweat. Warning: If you are on a low-salt diet, talk with your doctor before drinking a sports beverage. Remember the warning in the first “tip” (above), too.

    •Try to rest often in shady areas.

    •Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat (also keeps you cooler) and sunglasses and by putting on sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher (the most effective products say “broad spectrum” or “UVA/UVB protection” on their labels).

    Long-term exposure to heat can cause several emergency medical conditions which may progress or cause immediate life-threatening symptoms. If any of the following occur, treat the victim and call 911.

    Heat cramps:

    Heat cramps may be the first sign of heat-related illness, and may lead to heat exhaustion or stroke.

    Painful muscle cramps and spasms usually in the legs and abdomen
    Heavy sweating

    First Aid:
    Apply firm pressure on cramping muscles or gently massage to relieve spasm.
    Give sips of water unless the person complains of nausea, then stop giving water.

    Heat exhaustion:

    Heavy sweating
    Cool, pale, clammy skin
    Fast, weak pulse
    Possible muscle cramps
    Nausea or vomiting

    First Aid:
    Move person to a cooler environment
    Lay person down and loosen clothing
    Apply cool, wet cloths to as much of the body as possible
    Fan or move victim to air conditioned room
    Offer sips of water
    If person vomits more than once, seek immediate medical attention.

    Heat stroke:

    Heat stroke is a severe medical emergency. Call 911 or get the victim to a hospital immediately. Delay can be fatal.

    Altered mental state
    One or more of the following symptoms: throbbing headache, confusion, nausea, dizziness, shallow breathing
    Body temperature above 103°F
    Hot, red, dry or moist skin
    Rapid and strong pulse
    Faints, loses consciousness

    First Aid:
    Move the victim to a cooler, preferably air-conditioned, environment.
    Reduce body temperature with cool cloths or bath.
    Use fan if heat index temperatures are below the high 90s. A fan can make you hotter at higher temperatures.
    Do NOT give fluids.

    For more information on all these topics see all Jones County EMA Office at 478-986-6672.


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  • Smoke Detectors Available
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    Junes 5, 2015

    Free Smoke Detectors Available

    Jones County Department of Fire Rescue


    Most people don’t realize that fire claims nearly 4,000 lives a year across the United States.  More than 75% of these deaths occur in the homes where we live.  Recent studies indicate that smoke alarms are present in 46% of all homes nationwide.  However, 65% of fire related deaths have occurred in homes with no smoke alarms present or those that were not operational.


    With that being said, Jones County Department of Fire Rescue and its members are launching a program to assist residents within Jones County that are unable to afford a smoke detector in their home.  Jones County Fire Chief and EMA Director Don Graham said that a grant was obtain through Tri-County EMC Operation Roundup Program, generous donations by Ace Hardware of Gray and Jones County Fire Rescue Fund.  Graham said 400 First Alert Smoke & Fire Alarms have been purchased and will be available upon request.  Residents should make a formal request by calling Jones County EMA Office at 478-986-6672 Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Residents making a request should be able to produce an address, contact name and phone number.  One free smoke detector (per floor) will be installed at no charge by Jones County Firefighters Monday thru Friday between 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Before installation is complete the resident(s) or homeowner(s) will be required to sign a waiver that will require them to take full responsibility of maintaining and ownership of the detector.


    In 2015 alone, Jones County Department of Fire Rescue have already responded to more than a dozen structure fires in Jones County.  Chief Graham said that over half of these structures involved residential dwellings.  Out of the six dwelling fires, two of them had smoke detectors.  Graham added, the residential dwellings that had smoke detectors paid off big time by saving five lives.  These lives were well documented that a single smoke detector saved a family of four and a family of one.  These two families each were alerted quickly by a functional smoke detector while they were asleep and were able to escape harm’s way.  Smoke detectors truly save lives, Graham said.

    Chief Graham said that while our fire personnel are installing your smoke detector(s), our personnel will be glad to assist with friendly advice regarding smoke detectors and any other fire safety concerns.


    Don Graham, Fire Chief



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  • New Fire Station Open
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    Jones County Department of Fire Rescue recently opened a brand new fire station in southern Jones County.  The new Fire Station #11 is located at 116 Griswoldville Industrial Boulevard off of Highway 57.  Open house and dedication will be announced soon.

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Jones County, Georgia
P.O. Box 1359
Gray, Georgia 31032-1359
Office: (478) 986-6405
Fax: (478) 986-6462

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