Hurricane Irma Update
As we continue to prepare for Hurricane Irma, I want to share some important information. I will continue to share updated information throughout and after the storm. Please share this with your family and friends who may find it useful.

Storm Tips


For storm tips before, during, and after the storm, visit http://ready.ga.gov/ or download the Ready Georgia mobile app. 

Important Numbers

For information regarding conditions and services in local areas, contact your local emergency management agency:

Bacon: 912-632-7979
Brantley: 912-462-7874
Bryan: 912-858-2799
Camden: 912-729-5602
Charlton: 912-469-1081
Chatham: 912-201-4500
Clinch: 912-487-3700
Echols: 229-559-8500
Effingham: 912-754-8888
Glynn: 912-554-7826
Liberty: 912-368-2201
Long: 912-545-0053
McIntosh: 912-437-6671
Pierce: 912-449-2040
Ware: 912-287-4394
Wayne: 912-427-5979

If you need assistance or have questions about Hurricane Irma, call 1-800-TRY-GEMA (1-800-879-4362) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

For medical or health related questions, call 1-866-PUB-HLTH (1-866-782-4584).

If you are in immediate danger call 911, but please reserve 911 for emergencies only.

Local Status

For continued updates on the status of your area visit:

Chatham County Emergency Information 

Glynn County Emergency Information

Georgia Emergency Management Information

Traffic and Roadway Conditions

Visit 511ga.org or call 511 for the latest information on roadway conditions or to report flooding, road, or bridge damage.

Power Outages

Visit www.georgiapower.com/storm to report and check the status of outages. You can also report and check the status of an outage 24 hours a day by contacting Georgia Power at 888-891-0938.

For updates from Georgia EMC, visit https://georgiaemc.com/emcs-of-georgia/search-by-map

Shelter

Sheltering and state park information is available on the GEMA/HS website or by calling 1-800-TRY-GEMA.

For additional information, please call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

Citizens Abroad

The Department of State has set up a task force for hurricane response. If you need assistance regarding the safety of Americans affected by hurricanes abroad, click here and click on the “Alert Us” button to enter information about your relatives so that State can use this information to contact them as soon as possible.

This is very important to ensure the State Department knows where American citizens are located.

Local numbers for police and emergency services:

The Bahamas: 919 or 911
St. Maarten (Dutch side): 911
St. Martin and St. Barthélemy: The French Ministry of Interior has set up a public line emergency line: Tel: 01 82 71 03 37.
St. Eustatius: 911 (police) and 910 or 912 (medical)
Saba: 911 (police) and 912 (medical)
Cuba: 106
Haiti: +509-3838-11 or +509-3733-3640
The Dominican Republic: 911

State Department Contacts:

Email - IrmaEmergencyUSC@state.gov. Provide as much information as possible (at a minimum, please provide citizen's full name, gender, and last known location within country, if known)

Call - 1-888-407-4747 (from the U.S. & Canada), +1-202-501-4444 (from Overseas)

Georgia Attorney General

If you feel that you may have been the victim of a scam or price gouging while in the aforementioned counties, please contact the Office of the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Unit. Call 1-800-869-1123 toll-free outside of the metro Atlanta calling area, or call 404-651-8600 inside the metro Atlanta area, or click here to report suspected price gouging online. Detailed information, including copies of relevant documentation and pictures, may be uploaded to this site.

As always, my staff and I are here for you in what ever capacity you may need. Please do not hesitate to contact us. For continued updates, please visit buddycarter.house.gov/hurricaneirma.

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From our Nation's Capitol CXXX
Tuesday, September 5, 2017:  Before heading to the airport for a flight back to Washington this morning, I head to the Savannah office for a constituent meeting. Once back in D.C. I have a conference call with the Department of Labor (DOL) to discuss the Fair Labor Standards Act (FSLA) agriculture overtime exemption rule.  Whereas the improper interpretation of this rule can have a severe impact on all farms, it could be devastating to small farms in Georgia.  Next, I meet with Demetrios Gavalas, a recent graduate of the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy, who is now working in the Washington area before having a phone interview with CQ Roll Call to discuss legislation that I am sponsoring.  Afterwards, I have a phone call with Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb to discuss an amendment dealing with compounding pharmacy that I am offering to the Agriculture Appropriations bill this week.  Before heading to the floor for votes, I attend our weekly WHIP Team meeting where we discuss the schedule for the upcoming week.  My final meeting of the day is with Speaker Paul Ryan to discuss upcoming issues.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017:  Today begins with a meeting of the Doctor’s Caucus where our special guest is Eric Dishman, the National Institute of Health’s (NIH) Director of the Precision Medicine Initiative Cohort Program. 

Rep. Carter meeting with staff and students from the University of Zurich
Precision Medicine is an exciting and potential game changing approach to medicine and Mr. Dishman explains to us the All of Us research program at NIH and gives us a general update on the work being done through the Precision Medicine Initiative.  Next, I head to our weekly GOP Conference meeting where we discuss this week’s agenda before heading back to my office for a meeting with representatives from Mercedes-Benz to discuss the relocation of their corporate offices to the Atlanta area.  Afterwards, I head to an Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee hearing on EPA oversight followed by our weekly staff briefing before heading to the House Chamber for our first vote series of the day.  Next, I head downtown to a meeting of the Large Urology Practice Group Association where I address the group before heading back to my office for a meeting with students and staff from the University of Zurich who are in town visiting.  Last year during a trip to Switzerland, I visited the University and they are repaying the favor today with a visit to my office.  My next meeting is with Edwards Life Sciences, a leading manufacturer of heart valves and other medical devices.  We have our second vote series of the day next during which we have a whip count on the upcoming FY 18 proposed budget.  Afterwards, I head downtown to meet with members of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce who are visiting this week before heading back to the Capitol and House Chamber where I speak on the compounding pharmacy amendment that I am sponsoring.  Later in the evening, we have our third and final vote series of the day where we consider a number of amendments to the Appropriation bills.

Thursday, September 7, 2017:  After an early morning member meeting of the Energy and Commerce Committee, I head to the House Press Gallery for a press conference led by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) on two immigration bills that I am co-sponsoring, the Legal Workforce Act and the National Interest Act.  A link to the press conference can be found here

Rep. Carter participates in a press conference discussing the introduction of the Legal Workforce Act and the National Interest Act
Afterwards, I head back to my office where I meet with Christy Carter with the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce, who is up this week with the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, before joining in on a conference call with FEMA officials for an update on the status of Hurricane Irma.  My next meeting is with the Consumer Health Products Association to discuss the over-the-counter (OTC) medicine industry and a key initiative they are working on, OTC Monograph reform.  Afterwards, I have a conference call with representatives from different pharmacy groups to discuss my compounding pharmacy amendment before heading to the House Chamber for our first vote series of the day.  After another member meeting of the Energy and Commerce Committee, I head back to my office where I catch up on some paper work and later in the evening return to the House Chamber for our final vote series of the day.

Friday, September 8, 2017:  Throughout the week, staff and I have been in constant contact with public safety officials from the district to help prepare for the anticipated arrival of Hurricane Irma.  Our district staff has done a great job of working with local officials to facilitate as much information and warnings to the public as possible. 

Rep. Carter meeting with the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce
Today is a big legislative day as we will be voting on the Senate Amendment to H.R. 601 that we passed out of the House earlier this week.  H.R. 601 is the READ act and with the Senate Amendment now contains hurricane relief funds, debt limit, continuing Appropriations and a Flood Insurance package. This morning we have a special called GOP Conference meeting where we hear from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney.  After hearing from both of these gentlemen regarding the need to pass this important legislation, I head to the House Chamber where we vote and pass this bill.  Afterwards, I head over to the Capitol steps where I take pictures with our three interns that we have working in the Washington office this quarter before treating them to lunch in the Member’s Dining Room in the Capitol.  Our three interns are Johnny Yoko, a student at Howard University in Washington who is originally from San Francisco, CA, Mikayla Mobley, a student at the University of Georgia from Macon and Matthew Ferreira, a student at Armstrong State University who is from Richmond Hill.

 
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