Septem­ber is Na­tional Pre­pared­ness Month

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Gor­don County – The Ge­or­gia Emer­gency Man­age­ment and Home­land Se­cu­rity Agency and Gor­don County Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency along with all of Cal­houn and Gor­don County pub­lic safety are us­ing Septem­ber’s Na­tional Pre­pared­ness Month to en­cour­age res­i­dents to pre­pare for dis­as­ters.

The month- long ini­tia­tive in­creases aware­ness and in­spires cit­i­zens of Ge­or­gia to be pre­pared for any nat­u­ral or man-made dis­as­ter. Gor­don County will join a na­tion­wide coali­tion of thou­sands of pri­vate, pub­lic and non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions that is de­signed to mo­ti­vate peo­ple to take the nec­es­sary steps to en­sure their homes, work­places and com­mu­ni­ties are pre­pared for dis­as­ters and emer­gen­cies of all kinds.

“Na­tional Pre­pared­ness Month is a great chance for peo­ple to pre­pare and eval­u­ate their emer­gency plan, and if they don’t have one, to make one,” said Court­ney Tay­lor, Gor­don County Emer­gency Man­age­ment Di­rec­tor.

Cit­i­zens and their loved ones can pre­pare by ded­i­cat­ing a lit­tle time each week this month by fo­cus­ing on the tips be­low:

• Make and prac­tice your emer­gency plans

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• Check your insurance cov­er­age to en­sure ad­e­quacy and speak to your agent

• Save for emer­gency

Also, res­i­dents can learn how to pre­pare, plan and stay in­formed of nat­u­ral and man-made dis­as­ters by vis­it­ing ready.ga.gov. By cre­at­ing a Ready pro­file, Ge­or­gians can also cre­ate a tai­lor- Learn life-sav­ing an made plan for their en­tire fam­ily that in­cludes the spe­cific amount of sup­plies to put in their house­hold Ready kits. In ad­di­tion, the Ready Ge­or­gia mo­bile app pro­vides pre­pared­ness in­for­ma­tion on the go.

To learn about spe­cific risks in your area, con­tact us at 706-602-2905 or ctay­lor@gor­don­county.org

About Gor­don County Emer­gency Man­age­ment

Gor­don County Emer­gency Man­age­ment is tasked with com­mu­nity wide pre­ven­tion, pre­pared­ness, re­sponse, re­cov­ery, and mit­i­ga­tion to nat­u­ral and man­made dis­as­ters. Gor­don County Emer­gency Man­age­ment ac­com­plishes this through plan­ning, train­ing, and ex­er­cises that unite part­ner agen­cies within the com­mu­nity for this mis­sion. About GEMA/HS As part of the Of­fice of the Gov­er­nor, the Ge­or­gia Emer­gency Man­age­ment and Home­land Se­cu­rity Agency col­lab­o­rates with lo­cal, state and fed­eral govern­ments, in part­ner­ship with the pri­vate sec­tor and non-gov­ern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tions to pro­tect life and prop­erty against man-made and nat­u­ral emer­gen­cies. GEMA/ HS’s Ready Ge­or­gia web­site and pre­pared­ness cam­paign pro­vides Ge­or­gians with the knowl­edge needed to ef­fec­tively pre­pare for dis­as­ters. Go to www.ready.ga.gov for in­for­ma­tion on devel­op­ing a cus­tom emer­gency plan and Ready kit.

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