Wednesday, January 11, 2017

MARTA Seeks Community Input for Proposed Expansion Projects


MARTA will host Listening Sessions on Wed., Jan. 18 and Thurs., Jan. 19 to solicit customer and resident input on proposed expansion projects. The plans will be funded by the half-penny sales tax referendum that was passed in November with a 72 percent margin by City of Atlanta voters. The sales tax is expected to generate $2.5 billion (in 2016 dollars) over the next 40 years or about $60 million annually.

WHAT: MARTA Listening Sessions
WHEN: Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017
TIMES: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.                   
WHERE: MARTA Headquarters
2424 Piedmont Road, Lobby           
From the Lindbergh Station, MARTA HQ is directly across the street.

WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017
TIMES: 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.

WHERE: City of Atlanta-City Hall
68 Mitchell Street, Old Council Chambers
Riding MARTA: Take Bus Routes 32, 49, 55, and 74 from Five Points Station.

For more information, please visit www.itsmarta.com

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Six Fulton County Fire Stations Open as Warming Stations

Six Fulton County fire stations are open on Saturday, January 7, 2017 as warming stations until 7 p.m. for individuals who are in need. Anyone is welcome.

Station 2
4121 Cascade Rd
Station 5
3175 Bethsaida Rd
Station 7
5965 Buffingtion Rd
Station 11
4760 Fulton Industrial Blvd
Station 13
Plummer Rd
Station 17
8675 Ridge Rd

Anyone needing shelter is urged to go to one of the county's six emergency warming stations. For more information, please visit www.fultoncountyga.gov. Follow Fulton County Government on Facebook and on Twitter

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Fulton County Provides Winter Weather Checklists to Assist Residents with Preparations for Inclement Weather

Fulton County believes every resident should be prepared for winter weather. To assist in making preparations for a warm and safe winter, the Fulton County Fire Rescue Department advises all residents to be prepared with emergency supplies for communication, food, safety, heating, and vehicles. The best way to keep you and your family safe is to plan ahead.

Make sure you have the basics to sustain your household until the inclement weather passes. The following list is provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help with preparations. A more in-depth preparation check-list can be found at 1.usa.gov/1ehDeXC.

Communication Checklist

Make sure you have at least one of the following methods of communication in case there is a power failure:
  • Cell phone, portable charger, and extra batteries.
  • Battery-powered radio, with extra batteries, for listening to local emergency instructions
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radio receiver for listening to National Weather Service broadcasts
Heating Checklist

Turning on the stove for heat is not safe; have at least one of the following heat sources in case the power goes out:
  • Extra blankets, sleeping bags, and warm winter coats
  • Fireplace with plenty of dry firewood or a gas log fireplace
  • Portable space heaters or kerosene heaters
Cooking and Lighting Checklist
  • Use battery-powered flashlights or lanterns
  • Never use charcoal grills or portable gas camp stoves indoors - the fumes are deadly
  • Avoid using candles as these can lead to house fires
  • If you do use candles, never leave lit candles unattended
Food and Safety Checklist

Have three days or a week’s worth of food and safety supplies. Make sure you have the following supplies:
  • Drinking water
  • Canned/no-cook food (bread, crackers, dried fruits)
  • Non-electric can opener
  • Baby food and formula (if baby in the household)
  • Prescription drugs and other medicine
  • First-aid kit
  • Rock-salt to melt ice on walkways
  • Supply of cat litter or bag of sand to add traction on walkways
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Battery-powered lamps or lantern
  • Avoid using candles to prevent the risk of fire
Water Checklist

Keep a water supply. Extreme cold can cause water pipes in your home to freeze and sometimes break.
  • Leave all water taps slightly open so they drip continuously
  • Keep the indoor temperature warm
  • Allow more heated air near pipes. Open kitchen cabinet doors under the kitchen sink
  • If your pipes do freeze, do not thaw them with a torch - thaw the pipes slowly with warm air from an electric hair dryer
Car and Emergency Checklist
Minimize travel, but if travel is necessary, keep the following in your vehicle:
  • Cell phone, portable charger, and extra batteries
  • Shovel
  • Windshield scraper
  • Battery-powered radio with extra batteries
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Water
  • Snack food
  • Extra hats, coats, and mittens
  • Blankets
Winter Weather Tips for Animals

When the weather gets wet and wild, you want to take extra precautions to ensure pets and livestock remain healthy by following simple guidelines:
  • Make sure your fences and gates are secure - winter winds and weather can topple your fence and provide an opportunity for your pet to get out
  • Make sure your pets are wearing their ID - if your pet does get out during winter weather, if they are wearing ID, people can contact you if they find your pet, and if you pet is picked up by Animal Control, they will know how to contact you
  • Keep pets indoors when the temperature drops and the storm picks up - bring your pets indoors when the weather gets cold; most dogs and all cats, are safer indoors, except when taken out for exercise; short-coated dogs may feel more comfortable wearing a sweater during walks
  • When left outdoors, protect them from wind chill and wet weather - if your pet is an outdoor pet, they must be protected by a dry, draft-free shelter that is large enough to allow comfortable sitting but small enough to hold in body heat
Follow emergency broadcast advisories to stay safe. Prepare for a winter storm before it hits.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

PICH, ARC and City of Atlanta Produce Video on Benefits of Complete Streets as TSPLOST Investment Planning Starts

As the movement to invest in infrastructure improvements across Fulton County gains fresh momentum following passage of the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax for Transportation Purposes (TSPLOST) ballot measure last month, the Fulton County Partnerships to Improve Community Health (PICH) Program, the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) and the City of Atlanta released a new video today highlighting the health, safety and lifestyle benefits of Complete Streets. The video will be used by public officials and the PICH Program in discussing transportation infrastructure projects designed to make roadways less congested and more pedestrian-friendly.

In contrast to ordinary streets, Complete Streets allow users of all ages and abilities to share the road through such features as shaded sidewalks; bike lanes or wide-paved shoulders; designated bus lanes; comfortable and accessible public transportation stops; frequent and safe crossing opportunities; pedestrian signals; median islands; curb extensions; narrower driving lanes; and roundabouts. The modifications make the streets more user-friendly for pedestrians, joggers, cyclists and rollerbladers, the disabled, car drivers and transit riders as they live, work and play. The Fulton County PICH Program supports the development of Complete Streets throughout the County as a way to facilitate increased physical activity. Over the past year, PICH has sponsored a series of workshops and outdoor walking lectures to educate residents in East Point, Atlanta and Sandy Springs about the benefits of Complete Streets and how to work with policymakers to bring them to their neighborhoods.

The TSPLOST measure that was approved by County voters during the November 8, 2016 general election is projected to generate approximately $570 million to fund transportation infrastructure projects throughout North and South Fulton cities outside of Atlanta, based on estimates by the Council for Quality Growth. Many of the plans will incorporate Complete Streets design elements. “By promoting Complete Streets, Fulton County is investing in a viable, sustainable opportunity to increase physical activity, increase safety and expand commuting alternatives for all citizens,” says Fulton County Commissioner Joan Garner.

Separately, the Atlanta TSPLOST is expected to generate about $260 million. Affirming the City’s commitment to “making sidewalks and streets safe for people of all ages and abilities whether they are walking, biking or riding,” Mayor Kasim Reed has announced plans to invest $75 million of the anticipated proceeds in new Complete Streets projects. This money will supplement the $30 million from the Renew Atlanta Infrastructure Program the City is already spending on more than 30 miles of Complete Streets, in collaboration with the Georgia Department of Transportation, the Atlanta BeltLine and community groups.
 
In the video, titled “Complete Streets: Creating Safe, Accessible, Healthy Communities,” public officials, transportation experts and Fulton County residents talk about the numerous advantages of Complete Streets. “We’re finding that [by] doing the things that build healthier communities—things like building sidewalks, bike lanes, trails and pathways—we not only get the public health benefits of people living longer, healthier lives, and having less chronic disease, but we also see an economic benefit, because these are desirable places to live,” says Mark Fenton, a Massachusetts-based public health, planning and transportation consultant.

Atlanta’s Complete Streets investments include upgrading curbs, sidewalks, bike lanes, crossing signals, and ramps for the disabled—all to decrease congestion, improve mobility and provide transportation options. On Ponce de Leon Avenue, one of the most visible examples of a reconfigured Complete Street, there have been 25% fewer crashes and 5,000 more vehicles accommodated since its transformation. "The bottom line is about lifestyles and how we’re going to live here," Atlanta Commissioner of Planning and Community Development Tim Keane says. "Making the streets for everybody isn’t [just] something that would be nice to do. It’s the right thing to do."

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System Holds Public Input Sessions for Strategic Plan – The Library of the Future



Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System (AFPLS) is seeking input from residents on what they would like to see in the Library System’s Strategic Plan.

Community engagement has been the cornerstone of the Library System’s operation, and as AFPLS enters into a Strategic Plan that will take us through the next three years and the renovation of 24 branch libraries in total, it is asking to hear from residents again.

The public input sessions will be held at the following locations:

Wolf Creek Library – Wednesday, November 2, 6 p.m.
Wolf Creek Branch, 3100 Enon Road, Atlanta, GA 30331

South Fulton Library – Thursday, November 3, 6 p.m.
South Fulton Branch, 4055 Flat Shoals Rd., Union City, GA 30291
 
Sandy Springs Library – Monday, November 7, 6 p.m.
Sandy Springs Branch, 395 Mount Vernon Hwy., Sandy Springs, GA 30328

Milton Library – Wednesday, November 9, 6 p.m.
Milton Branch, 855 Mayfield Rd., Milton, GA  30009 

Central Library – Thursday, November 10, 6 p.m.
Central Branch, One Margaret Mitchell Square, Atlanta, GA 30303

Alpharetta Library – Monday, November 14, 6 p.m.
Alpharetta Branch, 10 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, GA 30009

Please join us and be a part of The Library of the Future.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Fulton County Regional Health Centers Offer Clinical Breast, Cervical Screenings Year-Round

Although October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month, Fulton County’s efforts to help women learn about breast health and the importance of early detection are year-round.  
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths for women in the United States and in Georgia.   Each year in the United States, about 220,000 cases of breast cancer are diagnosed, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness (FCDHW) wants to inform women that in addition to doing their monthly self-breast exams, women should also have an annual clinical breast exam performed by their healthcare provider.   Fulton County’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Program offers both breast and cervical exams not just during October but throughout the year.   These life-saving exams are available FREE to uninsured women who are income-eligible.   Women must schedule an appointment for their exams by contacting one of the designated regional health centers.

Fulton County Health Centers that Offer Breast & Cervical Cancer Screenings include:
  • Adamsville Regional Health Center, 3700 Martin Luther King Dr. S.W., Atlanta, GA   30331.  Phone:   404-613-4215.
  • College Park Regional Health Center, 1920 John Wesley Ave, College Park, GA   30337.  Phone:   404-765-4155.
  • North Fulton Regional Health Center, 3155 Royal Drive, Suite 125, Alpharetta, GA   30022.  Phone:   404-332-1958.
Fulton County’s Breast and Cervical Program provides breast and cervical cancer screenings, diagnostic services and referrals as medically indicated.   “The program strives to increase public awareness of early detection to increase survival,” explains Debra Dewitt, Nursing Supervisor, FCDHW.

“Fulton County has enrolled over 10,300 uninsured women between 1995 – 2015 into its National Breast and Cervical Cancer Program who received mammogram screenings and/or diagnostic procedures to complete their treatment,” Dewitt further explains.  

Fulton’s BCCP receives its funding, in part, from the Georgia Department of Public Health. The program has partnered with the S.C.L.C. WOMEN, Inc., and Congressman David Scott’s Annual Health Fair to offer clinical breast examinations at nontraditional sites for women who rarely or never receive mammograms.              

Fulton County Fire Rescue Offers Halloween Safety Tips

The Fulton County Fire Rescue Department (FCFRD) encourages residents to avoid “tricks” by taking precautions this Halloween. According to the United States Fire Administration (USFA), nationally, during the three-day period around Halloween, about 10,300 fires occur resulting in about 25 deaths, 125 injuries and $83 million in property loss.

FCFRD wants to help our communities be safer during Halloween by sharing a few fire safety tips from USFA:

• Choose a costume without long trailing fabric. This can cause a child to trip or may touch flames in jack-o’-lanterns or other decorations.
• If you make your own costume, use materials that won’t catch on fire easily if they come in contact with heat or flame.
• Give your children flashlights or glow sticks so they can see where they are walking.
• Keep decorations away from candles, light bulbs or heaters.
• Consider using flameless candles or glow sticks in your jack-o’-lantern.
• Keep exits clear of decorations.

For more information about Halloween fires and fire safety, check out the U.S. Fire Administration's website, where you can find Halloween social media cards to share and the Halloween fire data snapshot.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Fulton County Health Department Observes Nat’l Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The health promotion team of Fulton County’s Department of Health and Wellness (FCDHW) has been busy this month presenting a series of community health education talks on self-breast care and breast cancer prevention.  The presentations explain what breast cancer is; describe related risk factors; and highlight the importance of self-breast exams and mammograms. The programs are being held at several senior centers throughout Fulton County and the Atlanta-Fulton Dogwood Branch library.  The one-hour talks are FREE and open to the public.


Schedule of FREE Breast Cancer Awareness Presentations at Senior Centers, Public Library:  

Monday, October 24, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Location:  Atlanta Fulton Public Library Dogwood Branch, 1838 Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway, NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

Monday, October 24, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location:  Quality Living Services Villa Center, 4020 Danforth Road, SW, Atlanta, GA  30331

Tuesday, October 25, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Location:  Hapeville Neighborhood Senior Center, 527 King Arnold St., Hapeville, GA  30354

Wednesday, October 26, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Location:  Adamsville Green Apartments Center, 527 King Arnold Street, Hapeville, GA  30354.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths for women in the United States and in Georgia.  Each year about 220,000 cases of breast cancer are diagnosed across the United States. This accounts for more than 40,000 deaths among women and 400 deaths among men, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Fulton County health promotion staff also makes presentations at community health fairs throughout the year.  To see a complete schedule of health events, visit: http://www.fultoncountyga.gov/health-events.  To schedule a health promotion presentation at your school, church or organization, contact Fulton County Senior Public Health Educator Angela Johnson:  404.612.4236 or Angela.johnson@fultoncountyga.gov.