DeKalb Medical Offering Free Skin Cancer Screenings in May

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Make your appointment today!

In recognition of May being Skin Cancer Awareness Month, DeKalb Medical is partnering with Dermatology Associates to provide complementary skin screenings.

When: Saturday,  May 14 |   9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: Radiation Oncology Department
2675 N. Decatur Rd., Suite G09
Decatur, GA 30033

404.501.WELL to reserve spot. Spots are limited.

*Free parking will be available in the parking lot outside of the Radiation Oncology Center as well as the Wellness Center. Parking in the deck require a fee.

Emory and Atlanta Hawks Building Joint Training Facility in Brookhaven

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Big news for the new city of Brookhaven.  The city of Brookhaven sent out this release yesterday afternoon…

The Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club and Emory Healthcare today announced plans to partner as well as build a first-of-its-kind training and sports medicine center in Brookhaven’s Executive Park, which will serve as the team’s official practice site.
The 90,000-square-foot facility will be located on about five acres at 22 Executive Park Drive, and is expected to bring at least 200 permanent jobs to the city. The development of the Brookhaven site will not require any rezoning action by the city’s planning commission.
“The City of Brookhaven is proud to be home to the Atlanta Hawks and Emory Healthcare,” Brookhaven Mayor John Ernst said. “This innovative training and sports medical facility fits within our City’s vision for smart growth and a high quality of life. Bringing an elite athletic franchise and world class healthcare to Brookhaven fosters investment, visibility and well-being for our vibrant community. We welcome the Atlanta Hawks, Emory Healthcare and their visitors to Brookhaven.”

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Decatur City Commission Releases Statement Regarding Recent DeKalb Water Issues

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The Decatur City Commission just released the following statement…

To our City of Decatur community:

We want to thank you for your patience and perseverance during the water issues of the past four days. As of Monday night we are no longer under a boil water advisory. While the city provides many essential services, including police and fire, DeKalb County Department of Watershed Management manages the water pipes and sewer system for everyone in the county, including the City of Decatur.

Though we could not fix the source of the problem, the city did try to minimize the impact on city residents and businesses. This included:

  • Keeping the public updated with the limited information that we could get via TheDecaturMinute.com blog, theDecaturga.com website, Smart911 call and text alerts, @DowntownDecatur Twitter feed and the city’s Facebook page.
  • Ending Saturday’s Slide the City event early.
  • Establishing two cooling stations on Saturday at the Decatur Recreation Center and Ebster Gym.
  • Bringing in a water filtration tanker to provide water to seniors and special needs residents who could not easily boil water. Firefighters distributed more than 500 gallons of drinkable water.
  • Having the Fire Department refill the water in the air conditioning system at Clairmont Oaks so residents of this senior housing facility remained cool.
  • Coordinating emergency services with DeKalb County Fire Services so that back-up equipment and water tankers were available.

Our community came together and supported one another by checking on neighbors and sharing water, letting those who did not have running water shower in your homes, supporting local businesses that remained open in compliance with the boil advisory and most important, remaining calm during a trying situation.

We hope a situation like this never happens again. However, emergencies can occur at any time. Here are steps you can take now to be better prepared in case of a future emergency:

  • Sign up for Smart911 alerts. The city uses the Smart911 system for phone and text alerts. It is very easy to create a Smart911 profile at Smart911.com. If you already have a Smart911 profile please log in now and make sure you have checked the box to receive emergency alerts. If you need help setting up a Smart911 profile or would like city staff to meet with your neighborhood group or homeowners association, please contact the Decatur Fire Department at 404-373-5092 for assistance.
  • Also sign-up for CodeRed alerts. While the City of Decatur uses Smart911 for alerts, DeKalb County uses the CodeRed system. Since you are a resident of both the city and the county, it is a good idea to sign up with both systems so you can be sure to never miss an alert.
  • Keep extra bottled water and non-perishable food stored at your home at all times. There should be enough for several days for every member of your household, including pets. More information on how to build an emergency kit is available at Ready.gov.

 

The Decatur City Commission
Jim Baskett, Mayor
Kecia Cunningham, Mayor pro temporare
Fred Boykin, Commissioner
Scott Drake, Commissioner
Patti Garrett, Commissioner

DeKalb Boil Water Advisory Lifted

DeKalb County just sent out this message via Twitter…

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DeKalb Boil Water Advisory Still In Effect

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UPDATE: DeKalb’s boil water advisory has been lifted.  Click here for more details.

In case you’re wondering, due to lack of updates today.  From DeKalb County just a few mins ago

DeKalb County announces the precautionary boil water advisory that was issued countywide on Saturday, July 25 is still in effect.

DeKalb Watershed Management sampled 20 water sites on Friday, July 24 and water 40 sites Saturday, July 25, which all showed negative for bacteria. Fifty water sites were sampled on Sunday, July 26, and those results are expected today.

As part of the county’s emergency response, sampling is conducted for both public safety assurance and to stay ahead of any regulatory requirements, following a decrease in water pressure to the system.

The loss in pressure experienced by DeKalb County residents during the weekend was a result of a break in a 48-inch transmission main approximately 20 feet underground in an area with gas, power and other utilities present. These obstacles required substantial coordination and care.

DeKalb Watershed Management maintains 3,200 miles of water lines and 2,600 miles of sewer lines.

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DeKalb Water Main Break Is Repaired; Water Tests Underway

DeKalb County posted the following on its Twitter account an hour ago…

But they also said that they’re still testing the water before lifting the water boil advisory.

Also note that DeKalb says it will be a few hours before water pressure is fully restored…

So sit tight.  It seems like everything will be back to normal soon with any luck!

Open Thread: DeKalb County Issues Boil Water Advisory

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Altering this post to an open thread of sorts regarding DeKalb’s water issues and the boil water advisory….

UPDATE II:  The city is asking residents to visit their senior and make sure that their aware of the boil water advisory.

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UPDATE: The Imperial sent in word that they are open this evening and complying with the advisory.   Post about open and closed businesses in the comments section below.

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Are we having fun yet?  From DeKalb County

DeKalb County Department of Watershed Management announced that a loss in water pressure in the county has been experienced due to repair attempts on a 48-inch main transmission line that has resulted in three pressure reductions to the system in less than 36 hours which might pose a potential of water quality issues throughout the county.

Therefore in an abundance of caution for our citizens and to protect the public from any potential health hazards, citizens in the affected area are advised to boil all water prior to use for drinking, cooking or preparing baby food. The water should be boiled for at least one minute after reaching a rolling boil. Residents served by the DeKalb County Department of Watershed Management should continue to boil water until notified by DeKalb County that the water system has been restored to full operation and the microbiological quality of the water is safe for human use.

Technicians will then send samples of the water in the area for testing. After the test results are available, DeKalb County in conjunction with the EPD, will provide an update to the boil water status.

Preliminary testing conducted Friday, July 24, 2015 showed residual chlorine disinfectant present in the system and no bacteriological contamination. Additional Samples have been collected today and will be collected during this event to further verify water quality.

This “precautionary boil water advisory” will remain in effect until the problem has been corrected and a bacteriological survey shows that the water is safe to drink.

Photo courtesy of @ItsInDeKalb