September is National Preparedness Month and the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMA/HS) is working with local emergency management agencies to encourage citizens across the state to prepare themselves and their families for natural and man- made disasters. This year’s National Preparedness Month theme is “Disasters Don’t Wait. Make Your Plan Today.” “During National Preparedness Month, Georgians should develop or review their emergency plans to ensure their household is ready for natural and man-made disasters,” said GEMA/HS Director Homer Bryson. “They should also consider how COVID-19 may affect their plans, and adjust them accordingly. Taking a single step each week toward developing a plan will increase household and community responsiveness when severe weather and other emergencies occur.
For tips and tools to get your family and community ready for a disaster, visit https://gema.georgia.gov/plan-prepare/ready-georgia Additional preparedness information is also available from your local EMA director.
Residents can prepare by dedicating a little time each week this month by focusing on the tips for each week.
Week 2: September 13th-19th
The disasters most likely to occur in our area are Hurricanes, Tornadoes and Floods. Your homeowners insurance may not cover flooding. Visit floodsmart.gov to see your risk and make sure you’re covered. Receiving official communications is critical in an emergency. Download the CodeRED app to stay up to date on alerts and warnings in our area.