When seconds count

Will you be notified during an emergency alert?


When emergencies occur, Dawson and Pickens counties’ citizens can receive alerts from each county and take action to protect themselves and their families. If citizens are listed in the phonebook, inclusion in the notification database is automatic. Those with unlisted numbers, unpublished numbers or cell phones must opt in to receive emergency alerts. The emergency systems can inform citizens about emergencies related to floods, fires, water emergencies, road closures, missing persons, evacuation orders, weather emergencies and other emergencies as needed. Personal information submitted is not provided to outside agencies or companies. Text message and email alerts are also available.

Swiftreach Networks Inc. is the emergency notification provider for Dawson County. To register for Swift911™ in Dawson County by computer, go to https://dawsoncounty.org/. Locate the Swift 911 Notification icon in the right hand corner at the bottom of the page and click Add/Remove Yourself. Fill in the blanks and submit the information to register landlines and cellphones. Incidentally, the Citizen Newsletter subscription icon is located above the Swift911 icon. The newsletter provides breaking news, local events, and important updates. For citizens without computer access, call 706-344-3666 ext 223 to register. The caller ID during a notification will read “Dawson County.”

Pickens County uses the CodeRed Weather Warning™ to alert citizens. To register for emergency notification services in Pickens County by computer, go to https://pickenscountyga.gov/. The Code Red Weather Warning™ icon is located on the left hand side of the page. Click the icon, create an account, fill in the blanks, and submit the information. For citizens without computer access, call 706-253-8911 to register. The caller ID for Pickens County alerts will read 800-566-9780.

Chief Ricky Jordan in Big Canoe recommends that all residents register for the alert service. According to Jordan, residents are reminded a couple of times a year in communications from Big Canoe’s Public Safety department about the need to register for the alerts. Jordan stated, “We are investigating systems for Big Canoe. For now, we are using emails for alerts in Big Canoe and working with the counties. With Pickens County, we’ve identified areas which could be affected by emergencies related to the dam. In case of emergency, we can notify the residents in the affected areas, provided that they have registered with Pickens County.”

When seconds count with personal emergencies, Big Canoe Public Safety and the Big Canoe Wellness Collaborative developed and distributed medical information kits to provide pertinent medical and personal information to health care providers in case of an emergency. The free kits are available in Big Canoe at the Fire Station, the Fitness Center, the Wellness Collaborative information area near the Alpha Boxes in the Postal Facility, and at various events throughout the community.

The Emergency Medical Information Form should be completed for each person in the household. In Big Canoe, the completed form(s) should be placed in the bag provided in the kit and secured with the attached double-sided tape to the inside of the refrigerator on the left, top sidewall. Outside Big Canoe, blank Emergency Medical Information Forms are available for download at https://www.bcwell.org/medicalform/ or can be completed online, then printed and placed where the forms can be accessed by emergency personnel.

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