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Babysitters, Nannies, Child Care and Senior Home Care

www.care.com

Find family care with this website that will allow you to search for local caregivers for children, adults/seniors, pets and even housekeepers for your home.

Or you can post a caregiver job and then let the applicants find you — guaranteed responses within three days. Access to background checks, references and reviews helps you to make hiring decisions with confidence.

The site also provides helpful information such as how much to pay a baby sitter, how to interview a pet sitter and how to find a tutor or after-school activity for your student.

Active-duty military families receive a 25 percent discount on any subscription.

Child Care Aware

www.childcareaware.org

Improving access to affordable, quality child care is one of Child Care Aware of America’s top goals. Search the site’s “State by State Resources for Families” to connect with national organizations and associations that provide information for families regarding child development, parenting, and child care concerns and questions.

Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit.

There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.

Georgia Division of Family and Children Services

Region 7 – Chatham County DFCS

761 Wheaton St.
Savannah, GA 31401
912-644-5956
CPS Central Intake Center 855-422-4453

Region 7 – Columbia County DFCS

6358 Columbia Road
Appling, Georgia 30802
706-678-6249

Region 7 – Augusta-Richmond County DFCS

520 Fenwick St.
Augusta, Georgia 30903
706-721-7717

http://dfcs.dhs.georgia.gov

The Georgia Division of Family and Children Services investigates reports of child abuse; finds foster and adoptive homes for abused and neglected children; issues SNAP, Medicaid, TANF and child care assistance to low-income families; helps out-of-work parents get back on their feet; and provides numerous support services and innovative programs to help families in need.

Safety

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State of Georgia

Department of Public Safety

Public Safety 404-624-7700
http://dps.georgia.gov

The Georgia Department of Public Safety oversees the day-to-day operation of the Georgia State Patrol (GSP), Capitol Police and the Motor Carrier Compliance Division (MCCD). GSP troopers investigate traffic crashes and enforce traffic and criminal laws on the state’s roads. MCCD officers conduct safety inspections of commercial motor vehicles and inspect highway shipments of hazardous materials.

Division of Emergency Management

Nonemergency 404-635-7000
www.gema.ga.gov

The Georgia Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security facilitates the protection of life and property against man-made and natural disasters by directing the state’s efforts in the areas of prevention, preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery. Visit the division’s website for a severe weather awareness guide and other preparedness information.

Augusta-Richmond County

Emergency Management

Nonemergency 706-821-1155
www.augustaga.gov/462/Emergency-Management

The Augusta-Richmond County Emergency Management Agency provides a comprehensive and aggressive emergency preparedness, response and recovery program for the county in order to save lives, protect property and reduce the effects of disasters. The Augusta-Richmond County Emergency Management serves a population of 200,000 covering 324 square miles. Visit the department’s website for the county’s natural disasters and terrorism guides and other disaster preparedness information.

Fire Department

Nonemergency 706-821-2909
www.augustaga.gov/150/Fire-Department

Sheriff

Nonemergency 706-821-1000
www.augustaga.gov/294/Sheriff

Columbia County

Emergency Management

Nonemergency 706-868-3303

www.columbiacountyga.gov/government-/county-divisions/emergency-operations-division

The Columbia County Emergency Services Division is responsible for planning and coordinating actions for disaster preparation, response and recovery. The division oversees the Emergency Management Agency. The department's primary responsibilities are to develop and maintain emergency plans, conduct disaster training exercises for all agencies, provide emergency public information, provide awareness and education programs, coordinate area emergency service agencies, and coordinate community warning systems. Visit the office’s website for the county’s family disaster preparedness plan and other disaster preparedness information.

Fire Department

Nonemergency 706-863-7745

www.columbiacountyga.gov/government-/departments-d-k/fire-departments

Visit Columbia County’s Fire Services Division website for a full list of fire departments in the county.

Sheriff

Nonemergency 706-541-1042

www.columbiacountyga.gov/government-/departments-s-z/sheriff-office

Grovetown

Fire-Rescue Division

Nonemergency 706-863-1212

https://ga-grovetown.civicplus.com/176/Fire-Rescue-Division

Law Enforcement Division

Nonemergency 706-863-1212

https://ga-grovetown.civicplus.com/170/Law-Enforcement-Division

Hephzibah

Fire Rescue

Nonemergency 706-790-7827/771-2806

www.augustaga.gov/938/Fire-Stations

Police Department

Nonemergency 706-592-2961

www.facebook.com/HephzibahPD

Martinez

Fire Rescue

Nonemergency 706-863-7745

www.columbiacountyga.gov/government-/departments-d-k/fire-departments

In Augusta-Richmond and Columbia Counties

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Picking up from one place and moving to another is always a hassle, especially when kids and pets are involved. Knowing whom to call or where to find information can help make the transition easier.

American Red Cross

www.redcross.org

The Red Cross helps members of the military, veterans and their families prepare for, cope with, and respond to, the challenges of military service.

The American Red Cross offers confidential services to all members of the military, veterans, and their families by connecting them with local, state and national resources through the network of chapters in communities across the United States and offices on military installations worldwide.

Local Red Cross offices develop and maintain relationships with key community partners. Military families rely on the Red Cross to help them identify their needs and connect them to the most appropriate Red Cross and community resources. This key Red Cross service includes responding to emergency needs for food, clothing, and shelter, referrals to counseling services (e.g., financial, legal, mental health), respite care for caregivers, and other resources that meet the unique needs of local military members, veterans and their families.

The American Red Cross Emergency Communications Center is available to help 24/7. Call 877-272-7337 or submit an online request at https://saf.redcross.org/css.

Armed Services YMCA

www.asymca.org

The ASYMCA is made up of 13 branches and about 20 affiliate locations at local Ys and on some DOD facilities across the U.S.

It makes military life easier by providing programs and services to the young men and women of all five armed services: Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard.

ASYMCA programs, services and events are designed to help the family come together, stay together and have the ability to adjust, bounce back and thrive wherever the services send them — with a particular focus on junior-enlisted men and women, the individuals on the front lines of defending our nation. Programs are offered at low cost and require no dues or membership fees.

Signature programs include Angels of the Battlefield Awards Gala, Art and Essay Contest, Military Family Month, Operation Hero, Operation Holiday Joy, Operation Kid Comfort, Operation Outdoors, Operation Ride Home, Parent and Me, Teddy’s Child Watch and YMCA/DOD Military Outreach Initiative.

Find ASYMCA locations by visiting www.asymca.org/locations.

Family YMCA of Thomson

521 Hill St.
Thomson, GA 30824 706-595-5615
www.thefamilyy.org/index.php/location/thomson

There’s something for everyone at the Family YMCA of Thomson, from youth sports and dance programs for the kids, SilverSneakers for active older adults and group exercise classes. Youngsters can enjoy seasonal day camp, monthly Parent’s Night Out as well as Drop & Shop play time, gymnastics classes, after-schools programs and more. When joining the Thomson branch, you may choose to join as either a branch-specific member or as a metro member, which gives you access to all Family YMCA locations in and around Augusta.

Child Care Aware

www.childcareaware.org

Improving access to affordable, quality child care is one of Child Care Aware of America’s top goals. Search the site’s “State by State Resources for Families” to connect with national organizations and associations that provide information for families regarding child development, parenting, and child care concerns and questions.

The site has information on the different types of child care and how to choose the right child care for your family. Financial resources include a child care budgeting calculator and information on federal and state fee assistance. There’s also a special section for military and DOD families with links to military child care fee assistance. To speak with a specialist about military and DOD child care programs, call 800-424-2246, option 6.

Georgia Division of Family and Children Services
Region 7 – Chatham County DFCS

761 Wheaton St.
Savannah, GA 31401 912-644-5956
CPS Central Intake Center 855-422-4453

Region 7 – Columbia County DFCS

6358 Columbia Road
Appling, GA 30802 706-678-6249

Region 7 – Augusta-Richmond County DFCS

520 Fenwick St.
Augusta, GA 30903 706-721-7717
http://dfcs.dhs.georgia.gov

The Georgia Division of Family and Children Services investigates reports of child abuse; finds foster and adoptive homes for abused and neglected children; issues SNAP, Medicaid, TANF and child care assistance to low-income families; helps out-of-work parents get back on their feet; and provides numerous support services and innovative programs to help families in need.

Military OneSource

www.militaryonesource.mil

Military OneSource is your central hub and go-to-place for the military community. Get to know your benefits and prepare for the big stuff — deployments, reintegration, moves, parenthood, retirement and more. Browse by topic or search for that strangely specific question you want to know the answers to. No matter where military life takes you, with Military OneSource you’ll always be in the loop.

Operation Homefront

www.operationhomefront.org

Operation Homefront assists military families during difficult financial times by providing food assistance, auto and home repair, vision care, travel and transportation, moving assistance, essential home items, and rent-free transitional housing for wounded veterans and their families.

Helping military families gain long-term stability is a specific concern for Operation Homefront. Homes on the Homefront awards mortgage-free homes, impacting veteran families for generations to come. The caregivers for wounded warriors also need help and that is why Hearts of Valor was formed.

Operation Homefront’s annual gala recognizes extraordinary military kids. The organization also hosts multiple Homefront Celebrations, Star-Spangled Baby Showers, Back-to-School Brigades and Holiday Meals for Military events each year to show appreciation to military spouses.

Visit Operation Homefront online for more information.

United Service Organization

www.uso.org

Since 1941, the USO has kept our military men and women connected to their families, home and country no matter where they are or under what conditions they serve. Programs for military families include Couples Seminars: Stronger Families, Comfort Crew for Military Kids, Operation That’s My Dress, United Through Reading, Baby Showers: USO and What to Expect Present Special Delivery and The Sesame Street/USO Experience.

The USO also provides transition services to support Americans’ return to civilian life after completing their military service. For more information, go to www.uso.org/programs/uso-pathfinder.

Visit the USO’s website to find a location near you.

Pets

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Moves are stressful for everyone — including the family pet. Pets can sense stress and a change in routine can be difficult for them. If possible, keep your pets in a quiet, secure area while movers pack up or unload your belongings. Movers will have your door open while they move boxes and furniture, and a pet may slip out the door undetected. Make sure you keep a collar with an ID tag on your pet at all times. Ensure the tag has your current phone number on it. It is also a good idea to microchip your pets. Remember to keep the microchip’s contact information up-to-date. If your pet escapes during any part of your move, you want the animal shelter that scans the chip to be able to contact you.

Your pet may face many outside dangers in Georgia, such as alligators, armadillos, bats, bears, beavers, coyotes, rats, raccoons, foxes and more. Keep your dog on a short leash in wooded areas, especially if it starts sniffing or pawing the ground. Avoid allowing your dog to walk around or swim in unknown waters. The area also is home to parasites, including fleas, ticks and ear mites. Outdoor pets can bring these pests into the home, posing a risk to humans since they can transmit disease through their bites. Limiting and supervising your pet’s outdoor activities can help it avoid these dangers.

Animal Services

Georgia Department of Natural Resources – Wildlife Resources Division

Ranger Hotline 800-241-4113

Nongame & Endangered

Wildlife Program 478-994-1438
www.georgiawildlife.org

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is composed of six divisions which carry out DNR’s mission to sustain, enhance, protect and conserve Georgia’s natural resources. As one of six divisions within DNR, the Wildlife Resources Division is charged with conserving, enhancing and promoting Georgia’s wildlife resources, including game and nongame animals, fish and protected plants. The website includes information about handling nuisance wildlife.

Columbia County Animal Services

1940 William Few Parkway
Grovetown, GA 30813 706-541-4077
www.columbiacountyga.gov/government-/departments-a-c/animal-services

Columbia County Animal Services is responsible for all animal service operations, including nuisance complaints, animal cruelty investigations, animal attacks, handling of rabid animals, dead animals, an animal adoption program and taking care of animals at the Columbia County shelter. For more information on the county’s animal shelter and pet adoption, visit the Columbia County Animal Services’ website.

Augusta Animal Services

4164 Mack Lane
Augusta, GA 30906 706-790-6836
|www.augustaga.gov/586/Animal-Services

Augusta Animal Services provides care for pets at its adoption facility. Other services include enforcement of animal ordinances and laws, humane euthanizing of sick animals, pet ownership education, and impound, stray and nuisance animals.

Veterinary Services

Veterinary services in Augusta-Richmond and Columbia counties are plentiful; see the Advertiser Directory in this guide to connect with local providers.

Pets for Patriots

https://petsforpatriots.org

Pets for Patriots’ vision is to end animal homelessness in the United States while giving our military veterans and their families the greatest “thank you” of all: the extraordinary love of a companion pet. It makes this happen through its nationwide shelter and veterinary networks, military and veteran organizations, and a public that values the lives of both the vulnerable and heroic among us.

To learn more about adopting a pet, visit https://petsforpatriots.org/adopt-a-pet/how-it-works.

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