Hurricane Smurricane

My timely HHJ column this week. The picture shows the eye of what was still Hurricane Michael directly over my house at 12:00 pm midnight. Pretty cool timing.
Only I, your hurricane scarred columnist, have this late breaking column for your immediate use and disregard.Hurricane Michael 2

Okay, the power went out just before midnight. It was impressive, but more on that another day. What one needs to consider is that I have no trouble finding the throne in my bathroom because I have a LED light in the bowl that is motion activated. Yes! Even without household 120 volt power, I could easily find my place. I wrote about these contraptions earlier this year, and to be fair, some of you lambasted my purchase. Yet I came out victorious. May I suggest to you that Amazon sells a two pack of Vintar toilet lights, rechargeable ones to boot, that work great. Much better then the “Seen on TV” ones at the local licit drug store, for only $17 a pair. (If “illicit drugs” means bad, than “licit drugs” means good, right? It is a real word!)blue light
Now to legal stuff. If you want real legal answers to mundane Georgia laws, ask the Hon. Larry Walker, Jr. He’s way smarter on why these laws exist. I just report that they do exist.
OCGA 7-1-111 provides that the Governor can close financial institutions during a hurricane, if he (or she?) wants to. There’s never been a she governor of Georgia, and this year is no different.
OCGA 10-1-914 says that a consumer credit agency doesn’t have to lift a security freeze within 15 minutes if there is a hurricane going on.
OCGA 12-5-238 and 239 provides that the shore protection act allows permits to meet suitable hurricane related standards.
OCGA 22-1-1 says that blighted property includes “an imminent harm to life or other property caused by … hurricanes…”
OCGA 25-9-3 says that when blasting near a public utility, one has to be mindful of hurricanes.
OCGA 35-1-11 lets a police or fire chief appoint volunteers to direct traffic during hurricanes. Anyone can be appointed apparently. I never complain about someone directing traffic, I’m just glad it’s not me out there.
OCGA 44-7-112 includes in the definition of a derelict mobile home one that had damage caused by a hurricane. (Assuming it’s still around). Oh, did you hear about the damage to the Alabama governor’s mansion during Hurricane Michael? Lost it’s wheels.
OCGA 48-2-100 says that during a hurricane the State can facilitate a “Business Rapid Response” to address needed emergencies. Hurricane season is a good time to remind your brother that you got him elected governor.
OCGA 48-7-40.24, 40.25 governs job tax credits and says that “force majure” includes hurricanes. One day I’ll figure out what that means.
OCGA 50-1-9 says that the State agency that issues any license, permit, certificate, etc. can replace that item if the holder thereof proves it was lost in a hurricane.
So there you have it: the twelve times that the Georgia Code references hurricanes. What more could you possibly want to know?

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