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Winter Weather Preparedness Week

December 4-8 is recognized as Winter Weather Preparedness Week this year in Georgia. In conjunction with the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency and its partnership with the National Weather Service, and along with many of our core local partners, we are devoting each day this week to highlight a specific winter weather-related topic:

WWPWMonday, Dec. 4: Winter Weather in Georgia  -- learn about various winter weather hazards that can impact the state of Georgia

Winter storms, which often affect North Georgia, result in extreme cold, downed power lines and blocked roads and highways.

Prepare for the Winter with such items as:
  • Extra blankets, sleeping bags and warm winter coats.
  • Fireplace or wood-burning stove with plenty of dry firewood, or a gas log fireplace.
  • Kerosene heater, with proper ventilation.


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Closed Thanksgiving 2023All our public health departments & services in Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens & Whitfield counties will be CLOSED for Thanksgiving, Thurs., Nov. 23rd & on Fri., Nov. 24th. HappyThanksgiving! Find our Public Health Services on our homepage at

This is our November 2023 issue of the North Georgia Health District Newsletter: Emergency Preparedness. This newsletter is currently issued every other month and highlights our health district’s Emergency Preparedness efforts with state and local partners to help prepare our communities for disaster. Please link to the full issue by clicking the image below. To see all issues our Emergency Preparedness newsletter, please click HERE.

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Holiday Safety1

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North GA - The holiday season is a time of joy, celebration, and togetherness. However, amidst the excitement and festivities, it's crucial to keep safety at the forefront. Here are some tips to ensure a safe holiday season for you and your loved ones.

1. Fire Safety: With the increased use of candles, fairy lights, and fireplaces during the holiday season, the risk of house fires can escalate. Always ensure that candles are extinguished before leaving the room or going to bed. Check your holiday lights for any frayed wires or loose connections, and never leave them on unattended. If you're using a fireplace, ensure it's cleaned and inspected regularly.
2. Holiday Safety2Food Safety: Holiday feasts are a highlight of the season. However, foodborne illnesses can put a damper on the festivities. Always wash your hands thoroughly before and after handling food. Ensure that all food is cooked to the correct temperature and promptly refrigerated after the meal.
3. Health Safety: Being a part of holiday crowds and festive gatherings places you at greater risk of exposure to infectious viruses that tend to circulate at this time of year, including Flu, Covid-19, and RSV. We can also spread these viruses to others. Make sure you are up-to-date on your vaccinations for these illnesses. These vaccines are available at our local county health departments in North Georgia.
4. Travel Safety: If you're traveling during the holidays, ensure your vehicle is in good working order before hitting the road. Check the weather forecast and plan your route accordingly. Always have an emergency kit in your car, including blankets, food, water, and a first-aid kit.
5. Home Safety: If you're leaving your home unattended during the holidays, take steps to make it appear occupied. Use timers to turn lights on and off, ask a neighbor to collect your mail, and avoid posting about your travel plans on social media.