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Alpharetta, Milton Prepare for Winter Storm

Alpharetta to open shelters during winter storm event to assist those impacted.

Police department personnel from both Alpharetta and Milton will be staffing an EOC over the next few days, in preparation for the incoming weather. Courtesy Alpharetta Department of Public Safety Facebook page.
Police department personnel from both Alpharetta and Milton will be staffing an EOC over the next few days, in preparation for the incoming weather. Courtesy Alpharetta Department of Public Safety Facebook page.
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With the threat of falling limbs and trees causing power outages during the winter storm that will be moving into the North Fulton area, the City of Alpharetta will be providing shelter for those impacted.

The City will activate all of its fire stations beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday to receive those who have lost power and heat in their homes.

“We will be ready to assist our residents, especially the elderly and those with medical conditions, who need a warm place to wait out this event,” said Mayor David Belle Isle on the City's website. “They can go to any City of Alpharetta fire station for assistance, or for those who cannot safely travel to a fire station, we will come and pick them up.”

Alpharetta will use its Engineering / Public Works facility to house the majority of those in need of shelter and will transport them to that location from the fire stations. According to Belle Isle, all of those facilities have backup generators that will ensure they remain powered and heated throughout the ice event.

Residents seeking shelter should ensure that they bring any medications they require with them.

“We will be prepared to provide them with a heated place to stay and a warm meal until power is restored to their homes,” Belle Isle said.

Alpharetta shelter locations during this winter storm event are:

• Alpharetta Public Works - 1790 Hembree Road

• Fire Station #1 - 2970 Webb Bridge Road

• Fire Station #2 - 3070 Market Place Boulevard

• Fire Station #3 - 9600 Westside Parkway

• Fire Station #4 - 575 Park Bridge Parkway

• Fire Station #5 - 1475 Mid-Broadwell Road

• Fire Station #6 - 3275 Kimball Bridge Road


Those who are unable to travel on their own to one of these stations should call the City of Alpharetta at 678-297-6000 to request assistance.

All City of Alpharetta administrative offices and non-essential facilities will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday due to the inclement weather. Non-essential personnel should not report for duty. Essential personnel will work their assigned shifts and duties per our emergency operations plans.

The City of Alpharetta Recreation and Parks Department has canceled all youth and adult recreation activities, practices, and classes on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Due to impending hazardous weather conditions Milton’s City Hall will be closed Wednesday. All city activities and board and committee meetings are cancelled, as well. City officials will determine Thursday’s schedule based on weather conditions as they develop.

Milton Emergency Manager Matt Marietta is urging drivers to avoid travel if possible, especially after 7 p.m. Tuesday when accumulation is expected.

Milton's Communications Department will send periodic updates on road conditions using CodeRED and e-mail, and will offer frequent advice and answer questions on Facebook and Twitter.

Earlier on Tuesday, members of the Milton Police Department staff joined with those from the Alpharetta Department of Public Safety for a meeting at the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in Alpharetta.

Personnel from both agencies will be staffing an EOC over the next few days, in preparation for the incoming weather. Both agencies advise residents to stay off the roads unless it is a true emergency. And if you have to go out, please be cautious of work crews and emergency services personnel.

Information in this story was supplied by the Milton Police Department, the Alpharetta Department of Public Safety, and the cities of Milton and Alpharetta and edited for publication.

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