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Natl Prep Month ready 2023

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The Ready Campaign’s 2023 National Preparedness Month theme is “Take Control in 1, 2, 3”. The campaign will focus on preparing older adults for disasters, specifically older adults from communities that are disproportionally impacted by the all-hazard events, which continue to threaten the nation.

We know older adults can face greater risks when it comes to the multitude of extreme weather events and emergencies we now face, especially if they are living alone, are low-income, have a disability, or live in rural areas.

We urge emergency managers and all those who work with and support older adult communities to access the new webpage available in English and Spanish languages at and For more information on preparing people with disabilities visit or in Spanish.

For information about how the North Georgia Health District is helping the people, families, and communities in our area prepare for disasters, click HERE to our Emergency Preparedness and Response page!

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North GA – The North Georgia Health District is pleased to announce the recent recognition and distinguished honors bestowed upon two esteemed members of our epidemiology staff.

The Rollins Epidemiology Fellowship Program, under Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health, is a two-year fellowship that places early career epidemiologists in Georgia's state and local health departments. Its mission is to enhance Georgia’s state and local public health programs by training exceptional epidemiologists who passionately serve their communities through critical surveillance, outbreak response, and general public health practice.

Ashley Deverell with Rollins Epi Fellowship Award webAshley Deverell, Rollins Epidemiology Fellowship 2023 Outstanding Supervisor Award RecipientThe Rollins Epidemiology Fellows owe their success to the exceptional supervisors at the public health district sites. Therefore, Ashley Deverell, our district Infectious Disease Director, was recognized with the prestigious 2023 Outstanding Supervisor Award for her unwavering dedication to her fellows, department, and community. Ashley was honored for setting a remarkable example by investing time in building strong relationships with each fellow and staff member. She prioritizes their strengths and well-being, consistently going above and beyond to support her team and the communities they serve.

When fellows at the North Georgia Health District were asked to evaluate their experiences with their supervisor, Ashley surpassed expectations across all measures, earning high praise from all three fellows.

Fellow Tori Roy said, “Ashley is great at communicating. She’s very clear and offers constructive feedback and support even outside her regular business hours. She allows freedom to work on and develop projects to benefit the district and is very open to suggestions.”

TW AD BW Rollins Fellowship Award webRollins Epidemiologist Fellowship Award recipients Theresa Williams & Ashley Deverell pose with Adjunct Fellow Bridget WalshAdjunct fellow Bridget Walsh said, “Ashley has been an outstanding supervisor in a multitude of ways. She is first and foremost a brilliant public health professional who is consistently looking for additional ways to serve the community. She has fostered my interest in outreach efforts by helping me get in touch with community leaders. She innately trusts her employees and supports our endeavors. Her support, intelligence, creative problem solving, and diplomacy among community leaders has set my coworkers and me up for success time and time again.”

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Aug. 22, 2023

High Temperatures in Georgia Raise Health Concerns 

Stay Cool, Stay Hydrated, Stay Informed

ATLANTA – With temperatures expected to be in the high 90’s throughout the state for the next several days, and at times feeling like more than 100 degrees with the humidity, the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is urging Georgians to avoid prolonged exposure to the heat and sun, and to limit strenuous outdoor activity to prevent heat related illnesses.

To protect your health when temperatures are extremely high, remember to stay cool, stay hydrated and stay informed.


Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing. 

Stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to the shopping mall or public library or a friend or relative’s home – even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat.

Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath is a much better way to cool off.