As most people did today, I put on several layers before venturing out in the 29 degree Atlanta weather. Nice and warm. I warmed up my car, turned on the heat and drove over to the Ben Hill post office to drop off mail.
However, when I entered the door, a peculiar odor was in the air. I discovered there was a homeless man camped out there. He startled me. Seeing the look on my face, he said “M’am, you know it’s real cold outside.” I agreed.. Knowing he needed transportation to the City’s closest warming center over at the Old Adamsville Rec Center on M.L. King,Jr. Drive at DelMar Lane, I called Atlanta Police Department (APD) Zone 4 to ask if they could send an officer or someone to take him over to the warming center. The officer said, ‘of course they would’ and she thanked me for calling.
When the Officer Polencia arrived, he spoke politely to the homeless man who said his name is Dave. Dave said he is an Army veteran who is waiting for his friend who lives a few houses down to get off from work who he stays with overnight. Polencia offered to take Dave to the warming center, but he refused saying he is okay. Polencia told him he could not stay there. Dave assured the officer he was going to leave.
I left and checked five hours later at 9:20pm and not only was Dave still there, but another homeless guy was also.
This is not good! Unfortunately, these are not the only two homeless people in southwest Atlanta. So, I sent an email to Councilman Andre Dickens, NPU-P Chair Reginald Rushin and CBS 46 TV. They all responded within minutes. Yet none of them mentioned transportation to the warming center. With a shortage of APD officers, do we really want them to run a shuttle service?
With no one else to call, I called Zone 4 again. This time I spoke to Sgt. Bowers who said they would send someone over.
So, is Atlanta a city too busy to have a plan in place for transporting its homeless to warming centers when we experience frigid temperatures? This is winter. Weather forecasts are pretty accurate. Frigid temps are always in the forecasts. Where is the plan? Where is the compassion from our city leaders?
Tomorrow there will be an Inauguration for The new Mayor, Keisha Lance Bottoms. This is her district until then. Will her successor, councilwoman-elect Marci Overstreet, and the other city council members (half are new) devise a plan to help our most vulnerable citizens?
Time will tell whether Atlanta will be too busy to devise and implement a plan. Will you hold them accountable??
This is a comprehensive list of resources to help you, your family and neighbors stay safe as Hurricane Irma blows through Georgia and the Southeast region. With powerful winds, power outages, and continuous rain, please keep this list and pass it on:
Hurricane Irma’s realtime forecasts can be found at the National Hurricane Center’s website.
Stay up-to-date on Hurricane Irma by visiting the Georgia Emergency Management & Homeland Security Agency’s website.
Follow GEMA on Twitter and Facebook.
Google the following:
GEMA evacuation map
List of shelters in Georgia
Map of shelters in Georgia
GDOT Traffic Map
Stay safe and be prepared by visiting “Ready Georgia”.
Please note that during a “state of emergency, MARTA trains run. However, MARTA buses are not allowed to run. It appears that buses are safer than cars since police, fire, hospital, and other emergency workers would be safer on a bus than in their own vehicle. They could run on a Saturday schedule. This could also help those who need to get to dialysis and other critical medical appointments. Hmmm. Your thoughts?
Most flights in and out of Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport have been cancelled as of 1pm today. Check with your airline about waiving change fees when you re-book your flight.
When conditions are safe, you can sign up to volunteer to help those affected by Hurricane Irma through “NVOAD”.
Report price gouging by contacting the Office of the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Unit at 1-800-869-1123 toll-free outside of the metro Atlanta calling area, or call 404-651-8600 inside the metro Atlanta area. You can submit a written report using this form.
(List courtesy of Georgia Democrats)
All across the country, communities and law enforcement meet to celebrate “National Night Out” (NNO) which was started in 1984 by Matt Peskin in Philadelphia. The purpose of NNO is to bring together neighbors, neighborhood watch groups, law enforcement, civic groups, and more to promote community and police partnerships to help make communities safer. According to National Town Watch, now there are thirty eight million neighbors in sixteen thousand communities across the nation who take part in NNO. For the full history, visit:
While all 50 states participate in NNO, each state determines when they celebrate, most choosing dates in August, the original founding month.
Yesterday was a beautiful day and all across Georgia, including the following metro Atlanta communities gathered to celebrate National Night Out at:
-Rosa Burney Park – Myrtle Street Park
Shamrock Garden Apts – Anderson Park
Collier Heights Park. – Peoples Town
Vine City – Washington High School
There was food, lots of kids, FUN, political candidates, voter registration stations and more.
National Night Out in Denver:
National Night Out in the Philadelphia Area:
Daily riders wonder how long they will have to wait for MARTA to repair this escalator at its’ Oakland City station. Down for at least four days, this is unexceptionable.
In four days, surely it can get it repaired! In talking to the MARTA police officer, she says “it may be down for a while.”
Now 10 minutes later, upon arrival at the Five Points station, the escalator to the East bound platform is not working. Hmmm! What is this all about??
Does anyone know if this is standard operating procedures for MARTA’s escalators to be out for days at at time?
When you see escalators out of service, do you call MARTA customer service or go online to report the problem??