Month: September 2017

Belgian THIRSTday | 10/5/2017


To celebrate October, let’s revisit The Brass Tap, the sports bar owned by French citizen Samy.  This festive pub offers a myriad of beer options – over 300 craft beers from around the globe – and has a nicely-loaded wine cellar.

This bar could be a serious option for coming Belgian soccer games!

Logistics

  • When – Thursday October 5th, 2017 from 7 pm
  • Where –  4505 Ashford Dunwoody Road in the Park Place Shopping Center across the street from Perimeter Mall | (770) 557-0232.   Easiest access is through the path left of McKendrick’s Steak House.
  • Parking – ample free parking or valet parking.
  • RSVP – a simple yea or a nay would be nice ..

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let them know!


Catastrophes can happen.  Nobody is immune … Unfortunately.  So please read carefully the following information [Flemish and French versions included below].

Keep the Consulate General of Atlanta informed of any changes in your addresses, emails, phones, births etcetera and spread the word to Belgians you might know and who haven’t registered yet at the Consulate General.

Belgian travelers should use the very useful Belgian Foreign Affairs’ tool Travellers Online allowing Belgians to register and give their contact information during their travels.  This would help localizing our citizens in time of difficulties.


Veillez à informer le Consulat Général d’Atlanta de tout changement d’adresse, téléphone, email, naissances etc.  Si vous connaissez des belges qui viennent d’arriver aux Etats-Unis, encouragez-les à s’inscrire auprès du Consulat.

Si vous voyagez, on vous conseille vivement de vous inscrire sur Travellers Online, outil créé par les Affaires Etrangères et qui, en cas de crise, permet de facilement localiser les belges en difficulté.


Stel het Consulaat-Generaal te Atlanta op de hoogte van alle wijzigingen in adres, e-mail, telefoon, meld evenzo geboortes en andere wijzigingenen. Informeer andere Belgen die u wellicht kent en die zich nog niet bij het Consulaat-Generaal hebben geregistreerd.

Belgische reizigers maken best gebruik van Travellers Online , opgezet door het Belgische ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken,  waarin Belgen zich kunnen registreren en hun contactgegevens opgeven voor hun reis. Het is een zeer handig hulpmiddel en aarzel dus niet om bezoekers aan te moedigen om er gebruik van te maken.

Consulate General of Belgium – Mr. William De Baets | 230 Peachtree St NW, Ste 2250, Atlanta, GA 30303  atlanta@diplobel.fed.be | Office: 404-271-9669 | Emergency : 404-659-2150

 

Nasty Irma


Irma … a sweet name but not when it comes to a category five hurricane..  This one looks like the nastiest to hit the Atlantic Ocean ever. Even if ‘her’ path is not confirmed yet and still might change, Florida, coastal Georgia and the Carolinas might feel the impact with more or less devastating consequences.  Listen to your local authorities.  Here is a list of the few important agencies:

  • The Florida Division of Emergency Management Emergency:  Information Line 1-800-342-3557 | http://www.floridadisaster.org | Facebook: FloridaSERT | tweets @FLSERT
  • The Georgia Emergency Management & Homeland Security Agency: www.gema.ga.gov
  • The South Carolina Emergency Management Division: www.scemd.org |  Facebook: @SCEMD | National Guard on Facebook: @SCGuard | Hurricane Guide 2017
  • The North Carolina Emergency Management, part of NC Public Safety: www.ncdps.gov | Facebook: @NCEmergency
  • At the federal level, coordination is done by the Federal Emergency Management Agency: www.fema.gov | ready
  • National Hurricane Center: www.hurricanes.gov | www.nhc.noaa.gov
  • Many communities have text or email alerting systems for emergency notifications. To find out what alerts are available in your area, search the Internet with your town, city, or county name and the word “alerts.”

Both Florida and South Carolina are already in state of emergency!  Some places have also received evacuation orders.   Prepare your survival kits: purchase food and water, keep your gas tank full and phones charged at all time, have candles and/or flashlight & batteries, put your precious belongings and important documents in ziplock bags, get some cash,  secure your yard equipment, make sure you have an adequate of your medication [if needed], become familiar with local evacuation zones, locate the nearest hurricane evacuation routes, make a personal property list of valuables, electronics and furniture, …

Think about where to go in case of evacuation and agree upon a meeting point for your family in case you would be separated.  Make sure that all your kids know – by heart – your cell phone number and/or an emergency number. For the little ones, tuck in their pocket an ID card with relevant information, again, in case you would be separated. Same for the elderly and people with disabilities.

Don’t forget your pets … leave their collar day and night and make sure a pet tag is attached with his/her name and your contact information.  Remember that a scared pet might escape in panic …  Make sure that you have enough food for them as well.

And finally, if you haven’t done so yet, register your family with your Consulate General in Atlanta. For the Consulate General it is useful to know the situation and the whereabouts of the Belgians in its jurisdiction. Don’t hesitate keeping us informed via atlanta@diplobel.fed.be.

Let’s hope that José (already close to hurricane strength) is not going to follow suite!  Remain vigilant, be careful and stay safe!

Note: The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30, with the peak occurring between mid-August and late October. The Eastern Pacific hurricane season begins May 15 and ends November 30. | Interesting guide: Hurricane Guide perhaps for SC but plenty of useful information!