Hurricane Season

Hurricane Irma Updates/Aftermath:

Effingham Co EMA-Updates on resources for citizens

The following local non-profits are available to assist Effingham residents: 
• Open weekly: Tuesday-Thursday 10am-3pm
Manna House of Rincon Thrift Store and Food Pantry
1210 Patriot Dr, Rincon GA 31326 

• Continuing until Sept.30
Effingham YMCA (Monday-Friday 5am-8pm/Saturday 8am-6pm/Sunday 1pm-4pm)
1224 Patriot Dr, Rincon GA 31326
Restrooms and showers available (must bring your own toiletries) 

• Continuing until Sept. 30
Effingham County-Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD)
Anyone with damage to their home/property can register with the VOAD for help
All services are free (chainsaw work, debris cleanup, mucking out) but limited by demand
Register as soon as possible 1-800-451-1954  
• Republic Service (unincorporated portions of the county/outside city limits) – currently collecting on regular routes and will try to pick up additional cans when possible. Recycling is suspended until further notice; customers can use both cans for trash. Collection will continue on regularly scheduled trash days to pick up both cans. Customer service phone number 912-964-2211. 

• Waste Management (inside the city limits of Guyton, Rincon, Springfield) – currently collecting on regular routes. Recycling and trash is to be kept separated as normal. Collections will continue on regularly scheduled days. There are no plans for additional routes for dates that were missed. Customer service phone number 912-965-0300. 

• Trash Overflow & Vegetative Debris – the Effingham County Landfill (2750 Courthouse Rd, Guyton GA 31312) has several large containers for overflow of household trash and a collection site for natural vegetative debris. This location is open Wednesday-Saturday 8am-5:30pm. 
If you are having issues with trash pick-up please email your request directly to:
County officials will be able to log a record of all requests.

Effingham Co. EMA has set up a voice-recorded information line for citizens at 912-754-8206 and you can also follow us on Facebook  

National Weather Service Storm Reports
Hurricane season runs June 1st until November 31st!

Know What to Do Before the Tropical Storm or Hurricane

The best time to prepare for a hurricane is before hurricane season begins on June 1st. It is vital to understand your home's vulnerability to storm surge, flooding, and wind. Here is your checklist of things to do before hurricane seasons begins.

  • Know your zone: Do you live near the Gulf or Atlantic Coasts? Find out if you live in a hurricane evacuation area by contacting your local government / emergency management office or by checking the evacuation site website.
  • Put Together an Emergency Kit: Put together a basic emergency kit. Check emergency equipment, such as flashlights, generators and storm shutters.
  • Write or review your Family Emergency Plan: Before an emergency happens, sit down with your family or close friends and decide how you will get in contact with each other, where you will go, and what you will do in an emergency. Keep a copy of this plan in your emergency supplies kit or another safe place where you can access it in the event of a disaster. Start at the Emergency Plan website.
  • Review Your Insurance Policies: Review your insurance policies to ensure that you have adequate coverage for your home and personal property.
  • Understand NWS forecast products, especially the meaning of NWS watches and warnings.

Hurricane Planning Tips