“A recent survey of our state’s residents revealed that many have not stocked up on critical emergency supplies or performed crucial activities that would prepare them for a large-scale disaster,” said Steve Quinn, CEMA director. “National Preparedness Month serves as a good reminder that we all have a responsibility in protecting ourselves, our families and our communities. By acting on Ready Georgia’s simple message of ‘prepare, plan and stay informed,’ Georgians have the power to become their own first responders during emergency situations.”
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Ready America campaign, National Preparedness Month was founded to increase awareness and encourage action for emergency preparedness nationwide.
Throughout the month, Ready Georgia and CEMA will join a nationwide coalition of thousands of private, public and nonprofit organizations, each hosting local events and initiatives designed to motivate people to take the necessary steps to ensure that their homes, workplaces and communities are prepared for disasters and emergencies of all kinds.
For more information on how to prepare, plan and stay informed of natural and manmade disasters or pandemic outbreaks, individuals and families can visit ready.ga.gov. By creating a Ready profile, Georgians can also receive a tailored plan for the entire family that includes the specific amount of supplies to put in their household emergency survival kits. In addition, Ready Georgia has created a mobile app for preparedness information on the go.
For more information about National Preparedness Month activities occurring locally, contact Catoosa County EMA at 706-935-2003.