Weather Event Procedures

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Dawson County
or call 706-344-3666 ext. 223

Stay Safe Dawson county has Implemented Smart911 to alert citizens of an emergency.
This system only Includes listed phone numbers In Dawson County. It Is Important for citizens to provide unlisted, unpublished or cell phone numbers. Accurate numbers in the data base help to ensure emergency information will be passed on in a timely manner.

Alert Types Notifications will be sent out regarding floods, fires, water emergencies, road closures, missing persons, evacuation orders and weather emergencies.

Caller ID All calls you receive will have the caller ID of 11Dawson County. 11

Privacy Your information will not be provided to any outside agencies or companies.
Register to Get the Call If you do not have access to a computer, you may call 706-344-3666 ext. 223 to provide Information. In addition to your home phone, you may register an alternate number or provide Information to receive text messages or email alerts.

Pickens County
or call 706-253-8911*

*Please note this is an emergency phone line and should only be used if you do not have Internet access.

Stay Safe CodeRED Weather Warning will alert citizens In the direct path of severe weather.

Alert Types Notifications will be sent out moments after a severe thunderstorm, tornado warning or flash flood warning has been issued by the national Weather Service. Only citizens In the Immediate Impact area will be alerted.

Caller ID You will know the call is from CodeRED Weather Warning when you see the telephone number 800-566-9780. If you would like to hear the last message delivered to your phone, simply dial the number back.

Privacy Your contact information will remain private and will only be used for severe weather alerts. You may also receive alerts in other areas that have CodeRED for community notification.

Register to Get the Call Users must opt in to receive alerts. Register your landline and mobile telephone numbers. Also possible to receive alerts by text message or email.

Weather Event Planning

When a winter weather event is pending, the following information is issued so that Property Owners can anticipate their personal preparatory needs and make suitable plans.

  • During snow and ice conditions the roads are either treated with brine or scraped and graveled for emergency vehicle access. The POA's primary objective is to maintain emergency response capabilities to residents. Big Canoe emergency vehicles are all four wheel drive and equipped with studded tires and chains, allowing them to travel where conventional vehicles cannot.
  • Depending on the type and extent of precipitation, many of the minor roads will likely not be scraped or graveled before nature fixes the problem with sunlight and favorable temperatures.
  • The transponder operated gates may be closed during snow/ice or other weather related conditions. This is done to allow staff to inform residents of travel conditions and help prevent residents from becoming stranded or involved in an accident. A few minutes delay may be experienced as all entering traffic is funneled through the lane next to the guard house. The intent is to prevent possible hours of delays on the roads.
  • The Big Canoe roads are never closed to residents. It may be recommended that residents not use the roads but Public Safety will not bar them from attempting to reach their homes. For residents who choose to drive in hazardous conditions and become stranded, help, if needed, could be hours away.
  • Vehicles parked or abandoned on or along the road will be subject to removal at the owner's expense. Emergency vehicles may push your vehicle off the roadway in order to maintain emergency traffic flow. The POA is not responsible for damage to parked or abandoned vehicles.
  • Those who choose not to drive in Big Canoe may leave the property or may choose to park in the Wildcat Recreation Area parking lot or in locations otherwise directed by Public Safety. Public Safety will attempt to take residents from that lot or other specified parking areas to their homes, time and road conditions permitting.
  • Responding to emergencies will be the first priority for Public Safety employees and the wait time for transportation could be quite long if there are fires or medical emergencies.
  • During snow/icy conditions guests will not be transported. Resources are dedicated to residents. (Do not invite guests to Big Canoe to see the snow!) Guests will be turned away at the gates.
  • The Public Safety staff will not transport residents from home to home within Big Canoe for social or discretionary purposes. Emergency service and aid to stranded Property Owners are the priorities.
  • When a weather event is predicted or imminent, it is recommended that residents have
  • several days of supplies available. Residents should consider items in addition to food such as prescription drugs, bottled water and pet food. Public Safety does not provide transport to obtain supplies.
  • In extreme cases of road icing, where even Public Safety vehicles have difficulty operating safely, the Clubhouse at Lake Sconti and other secondary facilities may operate as emergency shelters. When the POA determines that such a condition exists, Public Safety will transport Property Owners arriving from outside to an emergency shelter.
  • Early road information issued by the POA during weather events will reflect the general road conditions at the time of the communications. Individual road and driving conditions, as well as driver skills and equipment, are extremely variable and any specific condition information published could be misinterpreted. Driving decisions are the sole responsibility of the drivers. Particularly troublesome road areas may be highlighted in communications in an attempt to divert traffic but it is impossible to highlight all potentially hazardous areas. Callers asking the Public Safety dispatcher or the gates for road information will receive the same information as provided in the email updates.


Ricky Jordan

Director of Public Safety

(706) 268-1792

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