Emergency Preparedness

Types of Emergencies

Georgians are no strangers to natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, severe storms, wildfires, and floods. Similarly, we have seen a nationwide increase in reports of terror attacks, large transportation accidents, and disease threats. Whether natural or man-made, emergencies are a sudden and unforeseen combination of circumstances that calls for immediate action.

How to Prepare

In large scale events, citizens may need to rely on their own resources for several days until outside assistance becomes available. Make time now to increase the likelihood of a positive outcome by taking these 10 steps from Ready Georgia. Doing so will make a world of difference for you and your family if a disaster ever strikes your area.

10 Steps for Emergency Preparedness

  1. Purchase a NOAA weather radio. A NOAA weather radio can be as much of a lifesaver as a smoke alarm, but 67% of Georgia households don't have one. These radios can alert you to server weather 24 hours a day, giving you time to take shelter and stay safe.
  2. Prepare your Ready Kit. Your kit should include supplies for you and your family to survive at least three days without any aid. It should include non-perishable food, water, a first aid kit, a flashlight and extra batteries.
  3. Create an Emergency Communications Plan. Your family may be separated during an emergency and phones may not be in service; it is vital that your family knows how to reconnect. The Ready Georgia website include a tool to help you create a custom plan.
  4. Download the free Ready Georgia mobile app to help you stay ready for and informed of developing threats.
  5. Make copies of all important documents and store them in a water-proof container. Keep these in your Ready Kit.
  6. Make sure you include in your Ready Kit items for your pets and identify an evacuation shelter that is pet-friendly.
  7. Familiarize yourself with the emergency protocol at your child's school as well as at your workplace. Knowing how to react when disaster strikes can help reduce stress and help you reunite with loved ones.
  8. Identify a safe place in your home to seek shelter when a severe storm strikes. If you do not have a basement, take shelter on the first floor in the most-interior and windowless room of your home.
  9. Periodically remove dead tree branches and other similar debris that could be picked up by strong winds and cause damage or injury.
  10. Learn the 30/30 rule. Go indoors after seeing lighting if you cannot count to 30 before hearing thunder. You should also stay indoors for 30 minutes after hearing the last clap of thunder.