Georgians can be affected by disasters at any time. Preparing for emergencies is essential.
The North Georgia Health District is collaborating with key partners to prepare our communities for emergencies ranging from natural disasters, such as severe weather, to potential public health crises, such as pandemic influenza. Likewise, individuals and families need to be ready for emergencies, and there is no better time to prepare than September, National Preparedness Month.
Just as community-wide emergency preparedness efforts are underway among district and local public health officials, emergency management agencies, emergency medical services, law enforcement, fire departments, hospitals, healthcare facilities, non-profit volunteer agencies, government agencies, schools, faith-based organizations and businesses in Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield Counties, families and individuals should also plan as though they will be without electricity, water service, access to a supermarket or other local services for at least three days. Follow these steps:
Make a plan. Make sure everyone in your family understands where to go and what to do in case of an emergency. Update your contact information and post it in visible places in your home and workplace. Get a free emergency plan worksheet at www.Ready.Georgia.gov or download the Ready Georgia mobile app.
Set aside emergency supplies. Don’t wait for a storm. Buy preparedness items throughout the year instead of all at once. Choose the essentials that fit your needs and budget. If you don’t have emergency supplies, September is a good time to get started. Get a list at www.Ready.Georgia.gov.
Store water. Have at least a three-day supply of water on hand – that’s one gallon of water per person per day.
Check your policy. Take a few minutes to review your insurance policy. Ask your agent to make any necessary changes. Consider adding flood insurance because most policies don’t include it. Renters can get flood insurance, too. Visit www.FloodSmart.gov for details.
Stay informed. Stay aware of changing weather conditions by monitoring local media reports. Get a battery-powered and/or hand-crank radio with a weather band so you can hear emergency information when the power is out.
To learn more about National Preparedness Month and to start preparing for emergencies this September, go to www.Ready.gov.