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Georgians urged to prepare for disasters

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LOWNDES CO. – Georgia residents are being encouraged to use National Preparedness Month to prepare for disasters with these tips.

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The Georgia Emergency Management, Homeland Security Agency, and Lowndes County Emergency Management 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. Lowndes County will join thousands of private, public, and nonprofit organizations that are 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 Ashley Tye, Director, Lowndes County Emergency Management.

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

Week 1: September 1-10              Make a Plan

Week 2: September 11-17            Build a Kit

Week 3: September 18-24            Low-Cost, No-Cost Preparedness

Week 4: September 25-30            Teach Youth About Preparedness

Residents can learn more tips on how to prepare and plan before a natural or man-made disaster by visiting www.gema.georgia.gov/plan-prepare/ready-georgia

Preparedness begins with knowing you need to act.  Code Red is a free notification system available to every resident of Lowndes County.  It will provide information to alert you to emergency situations, such as severe weather, by receiving a call and/or text and provides you with information to protect yourself, your family, and your property.  To sign up for Code Red visit; www.lowndescounty.com.

For more information on Lowndes County Emergency Management visit, www.lowndescounty.com. To see more preparedness tips and to stay up to date with Lowndes County Emergency Management, like us on Facebook at EMALowndes.

About Lowndes County Emergency Management
Lowndes County Emergency Management is tasked with community-wide prevention, preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation of natural and manmade disasters. Lowndes 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 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 gema.georgia.gov/plan-prepare/ready-georgia for information on developing a custom emergency plan and Ready kit.