We have seen over the last year that the norm can change in a moment. Therefore, it is important for us to take the time, in order to protect our lives and families, to prepare for unforeseen emergencies. Hall County Emergency Management Agency, along with the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency, are encouraging residents to prepare for disasters during National Preparedness Month in September.
This month-long initiative is intended to increase awareness and inspire Georgians to be prepared for any natural or man-made disaster. Hall County will join a nationwide coalition of thousands of private, public and nonprofit organizations to motivate our citizens to take the necessary steps to ensure their homes, workplaces and communities are prepared for disasters and emergencies of all kinds.
“Over the years, we’ve seen how lives can be changed in an instant, so we need to prepare for all possibilities,” said Casey Ramsey, Hall County Emergency Management Director (pictured). “During National Preparedness Month, we want our citizens to get a jump start on preparing all potential disasters, whether natural or man-made. We must prepare ourselves and families so that our lives, livelihoods and communities can be protected.”
Each week, there will be a topic or theme to focus on, so at the end of the month we should be well-prepared. The topics are as follows:
- Make A Plan: Talk to your friends and family about how you will communicate before, during, and after a disaster. Make sure to update your plan based on the Centers for Disease Control recommendations due to the coronavirus.
- Build A Kit: Gather supplies that will last for several days after a disaster for everyone living in your home. Don’t forget to consider the unique needs each person or pet may have in case you have to evacuate quickly. Update your kits and supplies based on recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control.
- Low-Cost, No-Cost Preparedness: Limit the impacts that disasters have on you and your family. Know the risk of disasters in your area. Learn how to make your home stronger in the face of storms and other common hazards. Check your insurance coverage to make sure it is up-to-date.
- Teach Youth About Preparedness: Talk to your kids about preparing for emergencies and what to do in case you are separated. Reassure them by providing information about how they can get involved.
Residents can learn more tips on how to prepare and plan before a natural or man-made disaster by visiting ready.hallcounty.org.
To learn about specific risks in your area, contact the Hall County Emergency Management Agency at 770-536-3132 or EMA@hallcounty.org.