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Posted on: January 26, 2021

Savannah Police Department 2021 budget initiatives

One of the Savannah City Council's six policy priority areas in the approved 2021 budget is reducing violent crime, including homicides and gun offenses. The council approved a $4 million increase to the Savannah Police Department budget for 2021...

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Posted on: January 25, 2021

Alderwoman Lanier to hold news conference

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Alderwoman Lanier to hold news conference

SAVANNAH (Jan. 25) – First District Alderwoman Bernetta Lanier will hold a news conference on Tuesday, Jan. 26, at 1:30 p.m. to discuss We...

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Posted on: January 15, 2021

Virtual feedback meeting scheduled about proposed animal ordinance

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Virtual feedback meeting scheduled about proposed animal ordinance

SAVANNAH (Jan. 15) – Join Alderwoman Kesha Gibson-Carter on Thursday, Jan. 21, at 11 a.m. for...

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City of Savannah Public Communications
Posted on: January 13, 2021

Mayor Johnson named one of Georgia Trend’s 100 most influential Georgians

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Mayor Johnson named one of Georgia Trend’s 100 most influential Georgians

SAVANNAH (Jan. 13) – Mayor Van R. Johnson, II, has been named among Georgia ...

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City of Savannah Public Communications
Posted on: January 12, 2021

City of Savannah to participate in national memorial for COVID-19 victims

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City of Savannah to participate in national memorial for COVID-19 victims

SAVANNAH (Jan. 12) – The City of Savannah is inviting houses of worship, businesses and individu...

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City of Savannah Public Communications
Posted on: January 12, 2021

Weave-A-Dream Program opens 2021 application period for creative and cultural programming

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Weave-A-Dream Program opens 2021 application period for creative and cultural programming

SAVANNAH (Jan. 12) – The City of Savannah Cultural Resources Department will ope...

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City of Savannah Public Communications
Posted on: January 5, 2021

December 2020 Responses

December 2020 Responses

 

SAVANNAH, GA (Monday, January 4, 2021) – During the Month of December, the Savannah Fire Department responded to more than 871 incidents including 65 fires, 377 emergency medical service and rescue calls...

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Posted on: January 5, 2021

City Council passes 2021 budget with increased focus on specific initiatives

On Friday, Dec. 18, the Savannah City Council passed a balanced 2021 budget with six policy priority areas. 

The six policy priority areas included in the 2021 budget are:

  • Poverty, especially childhood poverty
  • Income inequality
  • Viol...
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Posted on: January 5, 2021

Savannah CARES task force to host resident outreach interviews

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Savannah CARES task force to host resident outreach interviews

SAVANNAH (Jan.5) – The Savannah Citizens Accountability and Review of Emergency Services (CARES) task force will host...

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Posted on: December 28, 2020

Alderwoman Bernetta Lanier to host creative placemaking panel discussion

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Alderwoman Bernetta Lanier to host creative placemaking panel discussion 

SAVANNAH (Dec. 28) – District 1 Alderwoman Bernetta Lanier will host a virtual panel discussion f...

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City of Savannah Public Communications
Posted on: December 23, 2020

Mayor Johnson named Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Citizen of the Year

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Mayor Johnson named Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Citizen of the Year

SAVANNAH (Dec. 23) – Mayor Van R. Johnson, II, received the 2020 Citizen of the Year award from the...

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City of Savannah Public Communications
Posted on: December 21, 2020

City Council passes 2021 budget with increased focus on specific initiatives

On Friday, Dec. 18, the Savannah City Council passed a balanced 2021 budget that does not include any tax increases, fee increases, layoffs or furloughs.

The 2021 budget lists six policy priority areas:

  • Poverty, especially childho...
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Posted on: December 18, 2020

City of Savannah to donate canned food to America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia

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City of Savannah to donate canned food to America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia

SAVANNAH (Dec. 18) – The City of Savannah will donate canned food collecte...

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Posted on: December 17, 2020

Virtual community forum scheduled for District 5

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Virtual community forum scheduled for District 5

SAVANNAH (Dec. 17) – District 5 Alderwoman and Mayor Pro Tem Dr. Estella Shabazz will host a virtual ...

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Posted on: December 15, 2020

November 2020 Responses

November 2020 Responses

 

During the Month of November, the Savannah Fire Department responded to more than 667 incidents including 71 fires, 241 emergency medical service and rescue calls, 65 hazardous condition & excessive heat calls, 37 publ...

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Posted on: December 9, 2020

Savannah nearly doubles Municipal Equality Index

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Savannah nearly doubles Municipal Equality Index

SAVANNAH (Dec. 9) – The City of Savannah has nearly doubled its Human Rights Campaign Municipal Equality Index or MEI in...

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Posted on: December 8, 2020

Sanitation 2021 schedule distribution

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Sanitation 2021 schedule distribution

SAVANNAH (Dec. 8) – The City of Savannah Sanitation Department began distributing 2021 calendar packets today and will continue dist...

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Posted on: December 8, 2020

Virtual community forum scheduled for Districts 2, 3, 4 and 6

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Virtual community forum scheduled for Districts 2, 3, 4 and 6

SAVANNAH (Dec. 8) – District 2 Alderman Detric Leggett, District 3 Alderwoman Linda Wilder-Bryan, District 4...

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Posted on: November 25, 2020

Second virtual meeting scheduled about community benefits agreement

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Second virtual meeting scheduled about community benefits agreement

SAVANNAH (Nov. 25) – The City of Savannah will host a second virtual meeting about creating ...

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Posted on: November 24, 2020

October 2020 Responses

October 2020 Responses

 

SAVANNAH, GA (Friday, November 23, 2020) – During the Month of October, the Savannah Fire Department responded to more than 642 incidents including 71 fires, 226 emergency medical service and rescue calls...

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Posted on: November 23, 2020

2021 budget public hearings rescheduled

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2021 budget public hearings rescheduled 

SAVANNAH (Nov. 23) – The Savannah City Council has delayed public hearings for the proposed 2021 budget from Tuesday, No...

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Posted on: November 18, 2020

2021 budget retreat scheduled

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2021 budget retreat scheduled

SAVANNAH (Nov. 18) – The Savannah City Council will hold the 2021 budget retreat on Thursday, Nov. 19, and Friday, Nov. 20, in the Johnny M...

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Posted on: November 17, 2020

City of Savannah to recognize Transgender Awareness Week and Transgender Day of Remembrance

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City of Savannah to recognize Transgender Awareness Week and Transgender Day of Remembrance

SAVANNAH (Nov. 17) – The City of Savannah and PROUD Savannah will r...

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Posted on: November 17, 2020

T-Mobile donates $5,000 to Savannah Youth Council

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T-Mobile donates $5,000 to Savannah Youth Council

SAVANNAH (Nov. 17) – Today, Mayor Van R. Johnson, II, announced and accepted a $5,000 donation from T-Mobile for the Sav...

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Posted on: November 12, 2020

Additional virtual meetings scheduled about renewable energy resolution

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Additional virtual meetings scheduled about renewable energy resolution

SAVANNAH (Nov. 12) – The City of Savannah Office of Sustainability has scheduled the add...

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City of Savannah Public Communications
Posted on: November 10, 2020

City of Savannah to honor veterans on Wednesday

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City of Savannah to honor veterans on Wednesday

SAVANNAH (Nov. 10) – The City of Savannah will recognize Veterans Day with small, silent and socially distant ceremonies t...

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Posted on: November 9, 2020

Sanitation schedule adjusted for Veterans Day

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Sanitation schedule adjusted for Veterans Day

SAVANNAH (Nov. 9) – City of Savannah Sanitation Department will operate on an adjusted schedule this week due to the Veteran...

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Posted on: November 4, 2020

Public meeting scheduled for Project DeRenne

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Public meeting scheduled for Project DeRenne 

SAVANNAH (Nov. 4) - The public engagement process for the long-awaited Project DeRenne will start with a meeting on Tuesday,...

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City of Savannah Public Communications
Posted on: November 3, 2020

First virtual meetings scheduled about renewable energy resolution

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First virtual meetings scheduled about renewable energy resolution

SAVANNAH (Nov. 3) - The City of Savannah Office of Sustainability has scheduled the first set of virtual meetings...

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City of Savannah Public Communications
Posted on: October 23, 2020

Community benefits agreement informational meeting scheduled

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Community benefits agreement informational meeting scheduled 

SAVANNAH (Oct. 23) - The City of Savannah will host a virtual meeting on Thursday, Nov. 5, at 6 p.m. to begin...

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Posted on: October 22, 2020

City launches new, multi-platform 311 system

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City launches new, multi-platform 311 system

SAVANNAH (Oct. 22) - Today, the City of Savannah launched a new 311 system, including an app and website, to improve customer service. ...

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Posted on: October 21, 2020

Community input needed for first-ever Forsyth Park Master Plan

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Community input needed for first-ever Forsyth Park Master Plan

SAVANNAH (Oct. 21) - For the first time in its 179-year history, Forsyth Park will have a master plan. Trustees' Gar...

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Posted on: October 19, 2020

September 2020 Responses

September 2020 Responses

 

SAVANNAH, GA (Monday, October 19, 2020) – During the Month of September the Savannah Fire Department responded to more than 630 incidents including 58 fires, 2 excessive heat incidents, 226 emergency me...

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Posted on: October 15, 2020

City’s CARES Act distribution reduced by State of Georgia

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City’s CARES Act distribution reduced by State of Georgia

SAVANNAH (Oct. 15) – The City of Savannah was extremely disappointed to learn of the change of plans b...

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City of Savannah Public Communications
Posted on: October 14, 2020

Mayor Johnson to deliver State of the City address

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Mayor Johnson to deliver State of the City address

SAVANNAH (Oct. 14) - Mayor Van R. Johnson, II, will deliver a virtual State of the City address via Zoom on Wednesday, Oct. 21, ...

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Posted on: October 14, 2020

Savannah selected to participate in new program with support from Bloomberg Philanthropies

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Savannah selected to participate in new program to tackle budget crises and advance equity with support from Bloomberg Philanthropies

SAVANNAH (Oct. 14) - Bloomberg Philanthropies ...

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Posted on: October 8, 2020

City Council selects interim City Manager

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City Council selects interim City Manager

SAVANNAH (Oct. 8) - Mayor Van R. Johnson, II, and the Savannah City Council announced the selection of Michael Brown a...

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Posted on: October 7, 2020

Alderman Nick Palumbo invited to Active People, Healthy Nation Champions Institute

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Alderman Nick Palumbo invited to Active People, Healthy NationSM Champions Institute  

SAVANNAH (Oct. 7) - Alderman Nick Palumbo will be part of the inaugural cl...

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Posted on: October 6, 2020

Mayor Johnson introduces Hispanic taskforce

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Mayor Van R. Johnson, II, introduced HOLA Savannah on Oct. 1, a new taskforce focusing on Hispanic Outreach, Leadership and Advocacy. 

"Roughly 7,000 City of Savannah residents identify as Hispanic o...

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Posted on: September 30, 2020

Mayor to announce HOLA Savannah taskforce

Mayor Van R. Johnson, II, will hold a press conference on Thursday, Oct. 1, at 10 a.m. at City Hall to announce the formation of a Hispanic taskforce named Hispanic Outreach, Leadership and Advocacy (HOLA) Savannah. 

HOLA Savannah will educate Sav...

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Posted on: September 22, 2020

Meet the Savannah City Manager finalists

The three finalists for Savannah City Manager share their leadership qualities, vision for Savannah and reasons they want to work, live in and lead the City of Savannah.

The finalists are Caluha Barnes, Deputy City Manager of Modesto, Calif., Odie Donald, ...

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City of Savannah Public Communications
Posted on: September 22, 2020

August 2020 Fires

August 2020 Responses

SAVANNAH, GA (Friday, September 18, 2020) – During the Month of August the Savannah Fire Department responded to more than 624 incidents including 66 fires, 224 emergency medical service and rescue calls, 54 hazardous condit...

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Posted on: September 9, 2020

Mayor Johnson, SCAD, RISE coordinate computer access for Savannah students

On Wednesday, Mayor Van R. Johnson, II, joined Paula Wallace, president and founder of the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), and Pastor John Ruehl, an at-large member of Savannah Presbytery, to announce SCAD’s donation of 160 computers ...

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Posted on: September 8, 2020

Savannah City Manager finalists selected

Savannah Mayor Van Johnson announced the city council narrowed a pool of 110 applicants for Savannah City Manager to three finalists.

“The city council and I have selected three highly-qualified candidates as the finalists to be Savannah&rsqu...

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City of Savannah Public Communications
Posted on: September 4, 2020

Wilemere Place Cooking Fire

Wilemere Place Cooking Fire Displaces Three

SAVANNAH, GA (Thursday, September 3, 2020) – The Savannah Fire Department was dispatched to a cooking fire in the 2300 Block of Wilemere Place at 2:56 p.m., Thursday, September 3. Battalion Chief Jack M...

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Posted on: September 4, 2020

Mayor Johnson joins Gov. Kemp to encourage COVID-19 safety ahead of holiday

Mayor Van R. Johnson, II, joined Gov. Brian Kemp and First Lady Marty Kemp for a news conference on Friday, Sept. 4, to encourage best practices and adherence to public health guidance to slow the spread of COVID-19 ahead of Labor Day weekend.

“W...

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City of Savannah Public Communications
Posted on: September 3, 2020

Mayor Johnson to join Gov. Kemp for news conference

Mayor Van R. Johnson, II, will join Gov. Brian Kemp and First Lady Marty Kemp for a news conference on Friday, Sept. 4, to encourage best practices and adherence to public health guidance to slow the spread of COVID-19 ahead of Labor Day weekend.

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City of Savannah Public Communications
Posted on: September 1, 2020

Public feedback needed on City of Savannah strategic plan

The City of Savannah is seeking public input on the proposed VISION SAVANNAH strategic plan. The City of Savannah’s mission is to provide exceptional public services to residents, businesses and guests, so they may experience a safe, healthy and...

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City of Savannah Public Communications
Posted on: August 31, 2020

Mayor Johnson to hold weekly news conference at arena site

Mayor Van R. Johnson, II, will hold his regular weekly news conference on Tuesday, Sept. 1, at 10 a.m. at the Savannah Arena site on Stiles Avenue.

The project is beginning vertical construction. Mayor Johnson will provide an update on milestones met since...

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City of Savannah Public Communications
Posted on: August 31, 2020

Round two CARES Act business grant applications open Sept. 1

Applications for the second round of CARES Act funding for Savannah businesses will open Tuesday, Sept. 1, at 8 a.m. and remain open until Tuesday, Sept. 8, at 5 p.m.

Businesses can apply online at sbacsav.com/caressavannah.

To be eligible for a grant, busi...

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City of Savannah Public Communications
Posted on: August 14, 2020

City of Savannah, United Way, SBAC partner for CARES Act funding distribution

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City of Savannah, United Way, SBAC partner for CARES Act funding distribution

 

Today, the City of Savannah, the United Way of the Coastal Empire and the Savannah Small Business Assistance Corporat...

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City of Savannah Public Communications
Posted on: August 14, 2020

Virtual public meetings scheduled for 3rd District alcohol density overlay districts

Media AnnouncementAug. 14, 2020For Immediate Release 

 

Virtual public meetings scheduled for 3rd District alcohol density overlay districts

 

The City of Savannah is creating alcohol density overlay districts within the 3rd Distric...

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City of Savannah Public Communications
Posted on: August 13, 2020

Kitchen Named Assistant Chief Logistics

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Elzie Kitchen named Savannah Fire Department Assistant Chief, Logistics

SAVANNAH, GA (Friday, June 12, 2020) – After a nationwide search and thorough interview process with more than 60 applicants, the Savannah Fire Department’...

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Posted on: August 13, 2020

Juniper Circle Fire

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Family of Three Displaced by Juniper Circle Fire

 

SAVANNAH, GA (Thursday, July 30, 2020) – At 10:09 p.m., Wednesday, July 29, the Savannah Fire Department was dispatched to a fire in the 100 Block of Juniper Circle, located in t...

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Posted on: August 13, 2020

Assistant Chief Wallace Retires

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Savannah Fire Celebrates the Career of Assistant Chief Curtis Wallace 

SAVANNAH, GA (Thursday, August 13, 2020) – In appreciation of his 23 years of dedicated service, the Savannah Fire Department will celebrate the remarkable c...

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Fire News
Posted on: August 13, 2020

July 2020 Responses

July 2020 Responses

SAVANNAH, GA (Monday, August 3, 2020) – During the Month of July, the Savannah Fire Department responded to more than 643 incidents including 82 fires, 1 excessive heat incident, 204 emergency medical service and rescues, 63 h...

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Posted on: August 13, 2020

June 2020 Responses

June 2020 Responses

SAVANNAH, GA (Monday, July 6, 2020) – During the Month of June, the Savannah Fire Department responded to more than 574 incidents including 60 fires, 1 excessive heat incident, 207 emergency medical service and rescues, 55 haz...

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Posted on: August 13, 2020

May 2020 Responses

May 2020 Responses

SAVANNAH, GA (Thursday, August 13, 2020) – During the Month of May, the Savannah Fire Department responded to more than 582 incidents including 112 fires, 187 emergency medical service and other incident calls, 52 hazardous con...

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Posted on: August 13, 2020

Savannah Fire Hires New Chief Fire Marshal

 

Savannah Fire Hires New Chief Fire Marshal

SAVANNAH, GA (Friday, May 1, 2020) – The Savannah Fire Department welcomes new Chief Fire Marshal Whitney Williams-Smith. Williams-Smith comes from East Point Fire Department, in East Point Geo...

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Posted on: August 13, 2020

City of Savannah, United Way, SBAC partner for CARES Act funding distribution

The City of Savannah, the United Way of the Coastal Empire and the Savannah Small Business Assistance Corporation (SBAC) are partnering to distribute $5.3 million received through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security or CARES Act to Savannah ...

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Posted on: August 13, 2020

Mayor Johnson to hold virtual news conference

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Mayor Johnson to hold virtual news conference

Mayor Van R. Johnson, II, will hold a zoom news conference today at 5:30 p.m. to discuss the community distribution of the City of Savannah’s CARES ...

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City of Savannah Public Communications
Posted on: August 12, 2020

Mayor Johnson, City Manager Monahan and Chief Minter to attend District Attorney’s press conference

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Aug. 12, 2020

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Mayor Johnson, City Manager Monahan and Chief Minter to attend District Attorney’s press conference

Savannah Mayor Van R. Johnson, II, City Manager Pat Monahan, and Police Chief Roy Minter will atte...

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City of Savannah Public Communications
Posted on: August 11, 2020

Savannah wins Georgia Smart Communities Challenge grant

The City of Savannah is a 2020 Georgia Tech Georgia Smart Communities Challenge winner. The award provides the city’s Housing and Neighborhood Services Department with a $50,000 grant to apply civic data analytics for equitable community develop...

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Posted on: August 6, 2020

Savannah wins Georgia Smart Communities Challenge grant

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Savannah wins Georgia Smart Communities Challenge grant

Today, Georgia Tech announced the City of Savannah as a 2020 Georgia Smart Communities Challenge winner. The award provides the city’s Hous...

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City of Savannah Public Communications
Posted on: August 5, 2020

Alderwomen Gibson-Carter, Miller Blakely to host virtual town hall

Media AnnouncementAugust 5, 2020For Immediate Release

Alderwomen Gibson-Carter, Miller Blakely to host virtual town hall

 

Alderwoman Kesha Gibson-Carter, post one at large, and Alderwoman Alicia Miller Blakely, post two at large, will host a virtual...

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City of Savannah Public Communications
Posted on: August 5, 2020

Citizen survey about 3rd District alcohol density overlay districts

The City of Savannah is creating alcohol density overlay districts within the 3rd District.

An alcohol density overlay district recognizes the concentration of establishments engaging in alcohol sales in certain areas of the City has contributed to undesir...

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Posted on: August 5, 2020

Mayor Johnson elected to Georgia Municipal Association Board, Legislative Policy Council

Media AnnouncementAugust 5, 2020For Immediate Release

 

Mayor Johnson elected to Georgia Municipal Association Board, Legislative Policy Council

Mayor Van R. Johnson, II, will serve on the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) Board of Directors as on...

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City of Savannah Public Communications
Posted on: August 3, 2020

Residential Sanitation Collection Suspended on Monday

Due to expected impacts from Tropical Storm Isaias, the City’s Sanitation Department will suspend residential collection on Monday and follow a modified schedule for the rest of the week, pushing collection back by one day.

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Posted on: July 31, 2020

COVID-19 testing site at Temple of Glory to close today

Media AnnouncementJuly 31, 2020For Immediate Release

 

COVID-19 testing site at Temple of Glory to close today

Due to travel concerns for visiting healthcare professionals from New York related to Hurricane Isaias, the COVID-19 testing site at Temple...

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Posted on: July 30, 2020

Mayor Johnson announces Housing Savannah taskforce

Media AnnouncementJuly 30, 2020For Immediate Release

 

Mayor Johnson announces Housing Savannah taskforce

Today, Mayor Van R. Johnson, II announced the formation of the Housing Savannah taskforce today.

The group will investigate and develop an action...

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City of Savannah Public Communications
Posted on: July 30, 2020

Mayor Johnson announces Housing Savannah taskforce

Mayor Johnson announces Housing Savannah taskforce

Today, Mayor Van R. Johnson, II announced the formation of the Housing Savannah taskforce.

The group will investigate and develop an action plan for affordable housing in Savannah – housing that c...

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Posted on: July 28, 2020

UPDATE: Brentwood Drive Fire

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Electrical Issue Suspected Cause of Brentwood Drive Fire; Resident Transported to Augusta Burn Center

SAVANNAH, GA (Tuesday, July 28, 2020) – Savannah Fire Department Investigators suspect, but have not been able to definitively confirm,...

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Posted on: July 28, 2020

Brentwood Drive Fire

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Resident Injured in Brentwood Drive Fire 

SAVANNAH, GA (Tuesday, July 28, 2020) – At 1:40 a.m., Tuesday, July 28, the Savannah Fire Department was dispatched to a fire in the 2100 Block of Brentwood Drive, near Skidaway and DeRe...

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Posted on: July 28, 2020

Mayor Johnson urges Congress to include local governments in COVID-19 relief package

Media AnnouncementJuly 28, 2020For Immediate Release

 

Mayor Johnson urges Congress to include local governments in COVID-19 relief package

Today, Mayor Van R. Johnson, II, joined fellow members of the National League of Cities and the U.S. Conferenc...

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City of Savannah Public Communications
Posted on: July 23, 2020

Free Covid-19 Diagnostic Testing

Starting on Wednesday, July 29, free COVID-19 testing is available at Temple of Glory Community Church located at 1105 Stiles Avenue. This testing is possible thanks to the City’s partnership with New York state.

You can get tested Wednesday thro...

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Posted on: July 23, 2020

Mayor Johnson announces racial equity and leadership taskforce

On Thursday, July 23, Mayor Van R. Johnson, II and former Mayor Dr. Otis Johnson announced the formation of the Racial Equity and Leadership (REAL) Savannah taskforce.

The group will investigate disparities in our city and use data to identify, prioritize ...

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Posted on: July 23, 2020

Public invited to millage rate hearings

Media AnnouncementJuly 23, 2020For Immediate Release

 

Public invited to millage rate hearings

The Mayor and Aldermen of the City of Savannah are considering adopting a millage rate which will require an increase in property taxes by .92 percent over...

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Posted on: July 22, 2020

Mayor Johnson to announce racial equity and leadership taskforce

Media AnnouncementJuly 22, 2020For Immediate Release

 

Mayor Johnson to announce racial equity and leadership taskforce

Mayor Van R. Johnson, II and former Mayor Dr. Otis Johnson will announce the formation of the Savannah Racial Equity and ...

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City of Savannah Public Communications
Posted on: July 20, 2020

Mayor Johnson to make announcement with New York Gov. Cuomo

Media AnnouncementJuly 20, 2020For Immediate Release

 

Mayor Johnson to make announcement with New York Gov. Cuomo

Mayor Van R. Johnson, II will hold a media availability today at approximately 1:30 p.m. with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to announce pa...

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City of Savannah Public Communications
Posted on: July 20, 2020

Mayor Johnson, joined by Gov. Cuomo, announces New York State to establish two church testing sites

Media AnnouncementJuly 20, 2020For Immediate Release

Mayor Johnson, joined by Gov. Cuomo, announces New York State to establish two church testing sites in Savannah COVID-19 hotspots

Mayor Van R. Johnson, II and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that New ...

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City of Savannah Public Communications
Posted on: July 15, 2020

Mayor Johnson announces LGBTQ+ taskforce

Today, Mayor Van R. Johnson, II announced the creation of PROUD Savannah, a commission dedicated to ensuring Savannah’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities can work and live in a welcoming and safe environment.

"We want...

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Top Stories
Posted on: July 14, 2020

South Street Fire

South Street Car Fire Damages Home, Displaces Two

SAVANNAH, GA (Tuesday, July 14, 2020) – The Savannah Fire Department was dispatched to a fire in the 600 Block of South Street at 4:24 p.m., Tuesday, July 14. Engine 1 was first on scene....

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Fire News
Posted on: July 14, 2020

Mayor Johnson to announce LGBTQ+ taskforce

Media AnnouncementJuly 14, 2020For Immediate Release

 

Mayor Johnson to announce LGBTQ+ taskforce

SAVANNAH, GA (July 14, 2020) — Mayor Van R. Johnson, II will hold a news conference on Wednesday, July 15 at 10 a.m. at City Hall to introduce...

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City of Savannah Public Communications
Posted on: July 14, 2020

Recorder’s Court closed due to COVID-19

Media AnnouncementJuly 14, 2020For Immediate Release

Recorder’s Court closed due to COVID-19

Due to positive COVID-19 tests of two Recorder’s Court employees, all operations have ceased out of an abundance of caution, except for first app...

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City of Savannah Public Communications
Posted on: July 10, 2020

2021 Community Partnership Program request for proposals

Media AnnouncementJuly 10, 2020For Immediate Release

 

2021 Community Partnership Program request for proposals

 

SAVANNAH, GA (July 10, 2020) — The City of Savannah’s Community Partnership Program is now accepting applica...

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City of Savannah Public Communications
Posted on: July 10, 2020

Applications now open for 2021 arts and culture funding program

Media AnnouncementJuly 10, 2020For Immediate Release

 

Applications now open for 2021 arts and culture funding program

SAVANNAH, GA (July 10, 2020) — The City’s Art and Culture Enrichment Program (ACE) is now accepting application...

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City of Savannah Public Communications
Posted on: July 9, 2020

City unveils public art installations in Waters Avenue shopping center

The City of Savannah unveiled new art installations created by local artists in the Waters Avenue shopping center.

Local artists created these exhibits through the City’s Arts on Waters program, celebrating the Waters Avenue corridor’s ...

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Top Stories
Posted on: July 9, 2020

Savannah’s Frontline Heroes campaign honors local COVID-19 standouts

The City of Savannah is excited to help honor local heroes who are fighting COVID-19.

Savannah’s Frontline Heroes campaign highlights and thanks the public health, medical, food and nutrition employees, first responders and City staff who have co...

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Top Stories
Posted on: July 8, 2020

Mayor Johnson announces re-entry taskforce

Media AnnouncementJuly 8, 2020For Immediate Release

 

Mayor Johnson announces re-entry taskforce

SAVANNAH, GA (July 8, 2020) — Today, Mayor Van R. Johnson, II, announced the formation of a re-entry taskforce to help formerly incarcerated in...

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City of Savannah Public Communications
Posted on: July 6, 2020

Fireworks-related Responses

Fireworks-related Calls

 

SAVANNAH, Ga (Monday, July 6, 2020) - During the Fourth of July Weekend - from Friday, July 3, 2020 to Sunday July 5, 2020 - the Savannah Fire Department responded to 18 fires and seven smoke scare incidents where...

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Fire News
Posted on: June 30, 2020

Mayor Johnson signs emergency order requiring face coverings in City of Savannah

Media AnnouncementJune 30, 2020For Immediate Release 

Mayor Johnson signs emergency order requiring face coverings in City of SavannahView the full order here

SAVANNAH, GA (June 30, 2020) — Today, Mayor Van R. Johnson, II, signed an emerg...

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City of Savannah Public Communications
Posted on: June 29, 2020

UPDATE: Mobile Home Fire

Mobile Home Fire Suspect Arrested

 

SAVANNAH, GA (Monday, June 29, 2020) – Joshua Leon Brown was arrested and charged with first degree arson for setting a mobile home on fire Sunday night. At 9:38 p.m., Sunday, June 28, Savannah...

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Fire News
Posted on: June 29, 2020

East 53rd Street Kitchen Fire

East 53rd Street Kitchen Fire

 

SAVANNAH, GA (Monday, June 29, 2020) – At 1:42 a.m., Monday, June 29, the Savannah Fire Department was dispatched to a kitchen fire in the 1100 Block of E. 53rd St. Engine 8 was first on scene. Fir...

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Fire News
Posted on: June 28, 2020

Suspicious Mobile Home Fire

Suspicious Mobile Home Fire Under Investigation

 

SAVANNAH, GA (Sunday, June 28, 2020) – The Savannah Fire Department has extinguished a suspicious fire at a mobile home park in 10000 Block of Middleground Road. The cause is unde...

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Fire News
Posted on: June 25, 2020

West 39th Street Fire

West 39th Street Fire

SAVANNAH, GA (Thursday, June 25, 2020) – At 10:40 a.m., Thursday, June 25, the Savannah Fire Department was dispatched to a fire in the 500 Block of W. 39th Street. Truck 5 was first on scene. Firefighters discovere...

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Fire News
Posted on: June 22, 2020

Oak Pointe Trail Fire

Lighting Strike Causes Oak Pointe Trail House Fire

SAVANNAH, GA (Monday, June 22, 2020) – At 5:24 p.m., Sunday,  June 21, the Savannah Fire Department was dispatched to a fire in the 100 Block of Oak Pointe Trail. Lightning stru...

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Fire News
Posted on: June 13, 2020

West 39th Street Attic Fire

Six Displaced by W. 39th Street Attic Fire

SAVANNAH, GA (Saturday, June 13, 2020) – The Savannah Fire Department was dispatched to a fire in the 600 Block of W. 39th Street just after midnight on Saturday, June 13. Engine 5 was first on ...

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Fire News
Posted on: June 9, 2020

City Enters Phase One of Reopening Plan

Phase1

High-Priority Services

The first phase of our plan focuses on resuming high-priority services to include Residential Recycling and Yard Waste Pickup Services. These services were temporarily suspended as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and in an effor...

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City Highlights
Posted on: June 4, 2020

Mayor Johnson accepts President Obama’s challenge to review police policies

Media Announcement

June 4, 2020

For Immediate Release

 

Mayor Johnson accepts President Obama’s challenge to review police policies 

SAVANNAH, GA (June 4, 2020) — Mayor Van R. Johnson, II is accepting President Obama&r...

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City of Savannah Public Communications
Posted on: June 4, 2020

Mills B. Lane Boulevard closure extended

Media AnnouncementJune 4, 2020For Immediate Release 

Mills B. Lane Boulevard closure extended

SAVANNAH, GA (June 4, 2020) — Mills B. Lane Boulevard will remain closed to thru traffic between Erickson Drive and Ross Road until Friday, June...

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City of Savannah Public Communications
Posted on: May 31, 2020

Update: Curfew Lifted as of 6-1-20

Media ReleaseMay 31, 2020For Immediate Release

UPDATE: Curfew Lifted as of  6-1-20

Mayor Johnson announces citywide curfew beginning at 8:30 tonight

SAVANNAH, GA (May 31, 2020) — 

Mayor Van R. Johnson, II has announced the implemen...

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City of Savannah Public Communications
Posted on: May 29, 2020

Fireworks Safety Tips

Fireworks Safety Tips

 

Thousands of Americans are injured while using fireworks on the Fourth of July. The only safe way to view fireworks is to attend a professional show, according to the National Fire Protection Association. However, this year ...

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Fire News
Posted on: May 21, 2020

Eateries to promote social distancing, SPD to increase enforcement

Media AnnouncementMay 21, 2020For Immediate Release

Eateries to promote social distancing, SPD to increase enforcement 

SAVANNAH, GA (May 21, 2020) — As Savannah’s economy reopens, the City of Savannah is encouraging businesses,...

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City of Savannah Public Communications
Posted on: May 19, 2020

City of Savannah to distribute cloth face coverings to community

Media AnnouncementMay 19, 2020For Immediate Release

 

City of Savannah to distribute cloth face coverings to community

SAVANNAH, GA (May 19, 2020) — The City of Savannah is distributing 4,500 cloth face coverings for free to the community....

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City of Savannah Public Communications
Posted on: May 15, 2020

Mayor Johnson to host discussion with faith leaders regarding COVID-19

Media AnnouncementMay 15, 2020For Immediate Release

 

 
Mayor Johnson to host discussion with faith leaders regarding COVID-19

 

SAVANNAH, GA (May 15, 2020) — Mayor Van R. Johnson, II, will host a discussion with faith lead...

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City of Savannah Public Communications
Posted on: May 15, 2020

Restaurant and Bar Outdoor Dining Permitting

StreetDine

Any restaurant or bar seeking to use the public right-of-way for outdoor dining during the COVID-19 Pandemic must submit an application to the Office of Special Events, Film and Tourism. 

The application can be found HERE.

Applicants should also pr...

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City Highlights
Posted on: May 14, 2020

National Search For New City Manager Begins

CMHighlight

The award-winning City of Savannah, Georgia (estimated 2020 population 146,440) is recruiting nationally for a City Manager with the courage to lead and has a verifiable and highly successful track record in a full-service local government with finance, p...

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City Highlights
Posted on: May 13, 2020

April 2020 Responses

April 2020 Responses

SAVANNAH, GA (Tuesday, May 12, 2020) – During the Month of April, the Savannah Fire Department responded to more than 515 incidents including 107 fires, 131 emergency medical service and other incident calls, 49 hazardous con...

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Fire News
Posted on: May 12, 2020

City yard waste pick up ongoing, Collection crews expanded

Media AnnouncementMay 12, 2020For Immediate Release

City yard waste pick up ongoing, collection crews expanded

SAVANNAH, GA (May 12, 2020) — The City of Savannah continues to pick up yard waste and has expanded the number of collection crews to ex...

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City of Savannah Public Communications
Posted on: May 1, 2020

March Responses

March 2020 Responses

During the Month of March, the Savannah Fire Department responded to more than 615 incidents including 95 fires, 181 emergency medical service and other incident calls, 62 hazardous condition calls, 26 public service calls, 62 smoke sc...

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Fire News
Posted on: April 21, 2020

Talking points for: Mayor Van R. Johnson, II Mayor Johnson media conference- April 21, 2020

en español

Mayor Johnson media conference – April 21, 2020

Talking points for: Mayor Van R. Johnson, II 

● Good morning, and welcome to my first remote news conference.

● We want to continue to share what we know with the public...

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City of Savannah Public Communications
Posted on: April 14, 2020

Talking points for: Mayor Van R. Johnson, II Mayor Johnson media conference- April 14, 2020

Mayor Johnson media conference – April 14, 2020

Talking points for: Mayor Van R. Johnson, II

en español

 

  • Good morning. Thank you for joining us on our continuing journey of COVID-19 and our continuing mission to keep Savannah sa...
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City of Savannah Public Communications
Posted on: April 7, 2020

Talking points for: Mayor Van R. Johnson, II Mayor Johnson media conference- April 7, 2020

Mayor Johnson media conference – April 7, 2020

Talking points for: Mayor Van R. Johnson, II

• Good morning. Thank you for continuing to help us share the latest information about Savannah’s response to COVID-19. We continue to s...

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City of Savannah Public Communications
Posted on: April 3, 2020

Sanitation services altered due to COVID-19

Media AnnouncementApril 2, 2020For Immediate Release

 

Sanitation services altered due to COVID-19

 

SAVANNAH, GA (April 2, 2020) — Effective Monday, April 6, Sanitation’s residential services will be limited to garbage c...

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City of Savannah Public Communications
Posted on: March 31, 2020

Talking points for: Mayor Van R. Johnson, II Mayor Johnson media conference- March 31, 2020

Mayor Johnson media conference – March 31, 2020 Talking points for: Mayor Van R. Johnson, II

 

  • Good morning and thank you for joining us and continuing to partner with us to make sure that the most up to date information about Savannah&am...
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City of Savannah Public Communications
Posted on: March 30, 2020

February 2020 Responses

February 2020 Responses

SAVANNAH, GA (Thursday, March 5, 2020) – During the Month of February, the Savannah Fire Department responded to more than 564 incidents including 47 fires, 205 emergency medical service and other incident calls, ...

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Fire News
Posted on: March 30, 2020

January 2020 Responses

January 2020 Responses

SAVANNAH, GA (Monday, March 30, 2020) – During the Month of January, the Savannah Fire Department responded to more than 646 incidents including 87 fires, 214 emergency medical service and other incident calls, 63 ...

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Fire News
Posted on: March 25, 2020

Additions to enhanced emergency declaration

Media AnnouncementMarch 25, 2020For Immediate Release

Additions to enhanced emergency declaration

SAVANNAH, GA (March 25, 2020) — Today, Mayor Van R. Johnson, II, announced additions to and clarifications of the enhanced emergency declaration for ...

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City of Savannah Public Communications
Posted on: March 24, 2020

Talking Points for Mayor Johnson media conference – March 24, 2020

 

Mayor Johnson media conference – March 24, 2020

 

Talking points for: Mayor Van R. Johnson, IIVer en español

  • Good morning.  Today’s media availability is entirely devoted to the City’s resp...
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City of Savannah Public Communications
Posted on: March 20, 2020

City departments limiting public access

 

Media AnnouncementMarch 20, 2020For Immediate Release

 

City departments limiting public access

 

SAVANNAH, GA (March 20, 2020) - In response to Mayor Van R. Johnson’s emergency declaration, City Manager Pat Monahan has a...

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City of Savannah Public Communications
Posted on: March 20, 2020

COVID-19 media briefings scheduled

 

Media AnnouncementMarch 20, 2020For Immediate Release

 

 

COVID-19 media briefings scheduled

 

SAVANNAH, GA (March 20, 2020) — Mayor Van R. Johnson, II will begin hosting regular media briefings next week to provi...

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City of Savannah Public Communications
Posted on: March 19, 2020

Mayor declares local state of emergency

 

Media AnnouncementMarch 19, 2020For Immediate Release

 

 

Mayor declares local state of emergency

 View full declaration here

SAVANNAH, GA (March 19, 2020) — Today, Mayor Van R. Johnson, II declared a local state ...

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City of Savannah Public Communications
Posted on: March 11, 2020

Mayor Johnson remarks regarding St. Patrick’s Day celebration

Mayor Johnson St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations Update –
March 11, 2020
Talking points for: Mayor Van R. Johnson, II
 

·       Good evening and thank you for joining us as we update you with the ...

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City of Savannah Public Communications
Posted on: December 3, 2019

November 2019 Responses

November 2019 Responses 

During the Month of November Savannah Fire Rescue responded to more than 661 incidents including 72 fires, 211 emergency medical service and other incident calls, 53 hazardous condition and explosion calls, 25 public servi...

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Fire News
Posted on: December 3, 2019

October 2019 Responses

October 2019 Responses 

During the Month of October Savannah Fire Rescue responded to more than 676 service calls, including 56 fires, 260 emergency medical service and other incident calls, 62 hazardous condition and explosion calls, 19 ...

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Fire News
Posted on: December 3, 2019

September 2019 Responses

September 2019 Fires

 

During the Month of September Savannah Fire Rescue responded to 603 service calls, including 64 fires, 237 emergency medical service and other incident calls, 55 hazardous condition calls, 32 public service calls, 69 smoke sc...

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Fire News
Posted on: September 20, 2019

July 2019 Responses

Savannah Fire Rescue July Responses

SAVANNAH, GA (Thursday, August 1, 2019) – During the Month of July Savannah Fire responded to 702 incidents, including 105 fires, 1 gas rupture, 236 rescue incidents, 62 hazard calls, 38 service calls, 52 good i...

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Fire News
Posted on: September 20, 2019

August 2019 Responses

August 2019 Responses

 

During the Month of August Savannah Fire Rescue responded to 689 service calls, including 70 fires, 228 emergency medical service and other incident calls, 85 hazardous condition calls, 49 public service calls, 52 s...

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Fire News
Posted on: July 18, 2019

New Apparatus Added to Fire Fleet

New Apparatus Added to Savannah Fire Fleet

SAVANNAH, GA (Thursday, July 18, 2019) – Savannah Fire Rescue is adding three new vehicles to its fleet. Two new Sutphen Pumper Trucks will replace the old apparatus at Station 8 and Station 9, and a new Sutphen L...

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Fire News
Posted on: July 18, 2019

June 2019 Responses

June 2019 Responses

SAVANNAH, GA (Thursday, July 18, 2019) – During the Month of June, Savannah Fire responded to 679 service calls, including 80 fires, 2 incidents involving excessive heat, 228 emergency medical service and other incide...

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Fire News