Georgia issues hurricane prep guidelines

| June 6, 2016

 

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ATLANTA – Now is the time for all Georgia residents to prepare for the effects of a major storm.

Hurricanes can cause catastrophic destruction even hundreds of miles inland, but residents can dramatically reduce their risk of harm by taking action now.

“It is important to be proactive and take simple steps to prepare for hurricanes,” said Charley English, director of the Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security (GEMA). “Learn your flood risk, create a Ready kit for your home and car, and develop an evacuation and family communications plan.”

Storms that form in the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico have the potential to bring storm surge, high winds, tornadoes and inland flooding across Georgia.

According to research conducted by Ready Georgia, 69 percent of Georgians do not know designated evacuation routes from their community, and 67 percent have not arranged a family meeting place or reconnection plan.

In an effort to help residents prepare for hurricanes and other emergencies, the Ready Georgia campaign provides online tools to make a disaster supply kit, develop a tailored communications plan and stay informed about potential threats. Children’s games and activities can be found on the ReadyKids page, and households with pets or elderly or disabled family members will find specific information on preparing for severe weather.

For preparedness on the go, families can download Ready Georgia’s free mobile app to learn how to prepare for emergencies, create family communications plans and more. More than 45,000 Georgians have already downloaded the app, which turns an iPhone or Android smartphone into an invaluable preparedness tool by alerting users to severe weather in their areas, as well as providing a list of Ready kit supplies and even local shelter locations in the wake of a disaster.

For more information on how to prepare for severe weather visit, www.ready.ga.gov or download the Ready Georgia mobile app. To learn about specific risks in your area, contact your local emergency management agency.

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