Recovering from Tropical Storm Irma: from the Office of Natalyn Archibong
From the Office of Natalyn Archibong
September 15th, 2017
Tropical Storm Irma wreaked havoc on thousands of residents throughout Georgia and Florida. District 5 also suffered damages in the wake of the storm. I am very proud of the patience shown by the residents, business owners and their employees as several entities worked diligently to restore power, remove downed trees from streets, and keep us all safe. I would like to extend my gratitude to City of Atlanta Departments: Public Works, Forestry Division, Watershed Management, and Atlanta Emergency Preparedness. In addition, Georgia Power, Alabama Power, Appalachian Power, Sumpter S.C. Power, Georgia Department of Transportation, were tireless in their efforts to assist the constituents of District 5.
It was my pleasure to spend time speaking with neighbors, ensuring our seniors were safe and guaranteeing that City services were delivered as expeditiously as possible. I am happy to report that power has been restored to all of District 5.
On September 5th Atlanta City Council accepted legislation I sponsored that approved the establishment of a trust fund to allow the city to receive and disburse monetary and non-monetary donations for relief for victims of Hurricane Harvey. On Wednesday, September 13, 2017 the Finance/Executive Committeeapproved substitute legislation that was amended to include Hurricane Irma. On Monday, September 18, it will be adopted on consent at the full council meeting.
We are partnering with the Salvation Army to provide assistance to those impacted by the recent inclement weather events. If you have been displaced by the storm and need shelter please contact: Mark Henderson of City of Atlanta Constituent Services (404) 520-8865. Also, the Atlanta Food Bank has resources for those needing food. Their contact number is (404) 435-0560.
I am very proud of the humanity shown to each other during such a difficult time. Let us remember the words of Nelson Mandela, “Our human compassion binds us the one to the other - not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future.”
Councilmember 5th District, Atlanta City Council