National Preparedness Month
Residents urged to have emergency plan
by Wes Mayer
It is National Preparedness Month, and as part of the observance, Coweta County Emergency Management is promoting Ready Georgia and urging citizens to be prepared for emergencies.
“National Preparedness Month serves as a good reminder that we all have a responsibility in protecting ourselves, our families and our communities,” said Jay Jones, director of Coweta County Emergency Management. “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.”
Ready Georgia is a campaign started in 2008 with the support of the Georgia Emergency Management Agency. The campaign urges all Georgians to prepare ahead of time for any emergencies, create plans with family and friends in case an emergency occurs, and stay informed about your surroundings at all times.
The campaign is designed for families to be able to maintain self-sufficiency for at least three days after a major emergency.
To prepare, Ready Georgia suggests citizens build an emergency kit. This kit should include necessities such as water and food for three days, a can opener, a radio with extra batteries (or manually-powered), a flashlight with extra batteries, a First Aid kit, a whistle, tools, maps of your area and other useful supplies.
Ready Georgia also wants citizens to have a plan in case an emergency situation occurs. These plans cover how to reunite your family if members become separated, how to contact and be contacted by friends and family, and how your family needs to react and act in different types of emergency situations.
The third part of the campaign is to remind citizens to stay informed. Disasters and emergencies can strike at any time, and it is best for citizens to not be caught off-guard.
“Know what is around you,” Jones said. “Is a weather-related event approaching your location, or a pandemic spreading across wherever you may be? [Is there] terrorist activity and the possibility of that wherever you may be, especially if you travel? What [do you] do if your home catches fire? Just be mindful of your whereabouts and be ready to act if necessary — no matter the situation.”
To see all the information, tips on what to include in your emergency kit, how to make plans with your family and more, you can visit Ready Georgia’s website at ready.ga.gov. There is also a Ready Georgia smartphone app that may be downloaded for free and is especially useful for traveling, Jones said.
For National Preparedness Month, Jones will have an emergency preparedness information booth set up in the Exhibit Hall at the Coweta County Fair, which runs Sept. 19-28. Jones said this fall, public safety personnel will be speaking at the Boy Scout Jamboree, Coweta County’s next CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training class will start, and the fire departments will be speaking about fire safety in October.