Be patient, careful as cleanup begins
Published 11:57 am Wednesday, July 13, 2005
Many people say the media loves to report on tragedy. This is not the case. Situations like Atmore is currently facing bring us no joy.
We are committed to keeping everyone up-to-date on information regarding utilities, aid, and other issues affecting the city at large. If anyone has a question about anything the city or state is doing, give us a call and we will try to give you what information we can.
There are a few things everyone needs to remember after the storm:
There is currently a no burn order issued by the Atmore Fire Department. Burning your debris could cause huge problems if the fire gets out of control, so wait a while before attempting to burn any of the debris in your yard.
Mayor Howard Shell has requested that people sort their debris if they will be leaving it on the side of the road to be picked up. Trees and limbs should be separate from shingles or other construction-type debris. Mayor Shell also requests that it not be put in front of mailboxes or fire hydrants.
Bear with the power and cable companies. They are quickly and efficiently responding to our needs and may even have everyone up and running by the time you receive the next Advance.
Obey the curfews. While no one will be arrested if they are out past 9 p.m. doing their job, the city is requesting that no one be on the streets loitering between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. until the curfews are lifted.
Remember to thank Mayor Howard Shell, and many other elected city officials and city employees for the fabulous job of coordinating storm preparation and the response to the storm.
Be patient with each other. Long lines are tough to put up with at times, but just realize that everyone else is in the same boat, and also that it won't be too long before you can cook for yourself again.