Catoosa County Emergency Management Urges Participation in National Preparedness Month
The Georgia Emergency Management Agency’s Ready Georgia campaign and Catoosa County EMA are encouraging residents to take simple, but important, preparedness steps in honor of National Preparedness Month this September.
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Ready America campaign, National Preparedness Month was founded to increase awareness and encourage action for emergency preparedness nationwide.
Throughout the month, Ready Georgia and Catoosa County EMA will join a nationwide coalition of thousands of private, public and nonprofit organizations, each hosting local events and initiatives designed to motivate people to take the necessary steps to ensure that their homes, workplaces and communities are prepared for disasters and emergencies of all kinds.
“A recent survey of our state’s residents revealed that many have not stocked up on critical emergency supplies or performed crucial activities that would prepare them for a large-scale disaster,” said Steve Quinn, Director of Catoosa County EMA. “National Preparedness Month serves as a good reminder that we all have a responsibility in protecting ourselves, our families and our communities. By acting on Ready Georgia’s simple message of ‘prepare, plan and stay informed,’ Georgians have the power to become their own first responders during emergency situations.”
For more information on how to prepare, plan and stay informed of natural and manmade disasters or pandemic outbreaks, individuals and families can visit ready.ga.gov. By creating a Ready profile, Georgians can also receive a tailored plan for the entire family that includes the specific amount of supplies to put in their household Ready kits. In addition, Ready Georgia has created a mobile app for preparedness information on the go.
Preparedness is just a click away, and with September being National Preparedness Month, now is the best time to get Ready, Georgia.
For more information about National Preparedness Month activities occurring locally contact Catoosa County EMA at 706-935-2003.
About Catoosa County EMA
Catoosa County EMA seeks to promote a safer, less vulnerable community with the capacity to cope with hazards and disasters. Catoosa County EMA protects the community by coordinating and integrating all activities necessary to build, sustain, and improve the capability to mitigate against, prepare for, respond to, and recover from threatened or actual natural disasters, acts of terrorism, or other man-made disasters.
About Ready Georgia
Ready Georgia is a statewide campaign designed to educate and empower Georgians to prepare for and respond to natural disasters, pandemic outbreaks, potential terrorist attacks and other large-scale emergencies. The campaign is a project of the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) and provides a local dimension to Ready America, a broader national campaign. Ready Georgia aims to prepare citizens for maintaining self-sufficiency for at least 72 hours following an emergency, and uses an interactive Web site, online community toolkit, broadcast and print advertising and public awareness media messaging to reach its audiences. For more information visit ready.ga.gov, find Ready Georgia on Facebook at facebook.com/ReadyGA or on YouTube at youtube.com/ReadyGAfromGEMA.