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Its April Fool’s Day and one culprit guilty of playing tricks on people is Mother Nature. She is notorious for surprising Georgians throughout the year with unexpected severe weather, ranging from flash floods to snowstorms. Instead of being funny, these surprises are often dangerous and emphasize the need to be prepared in advance, regardless of […]

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By Roy Acree – Deputy Fire Chief/EMA Director, City of Smyrna Last September, the City of Smyrna enthusiastically embraced a new national preparedness campaign called America’s PrepareAthon! The initiative builds on FEMA’s successful Ready America efforts – or locally, GEMA’s Ready Georgia campaign – but encourages a more focused call to action for individuals and […]

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It was the miracle shot that potentially saved thousands of lives. Six years ago today, an Alabama basketball player sank a last second shot against Mississippi State, sending the SEC tournament game into overtime. As a result, when an EF-2 tornado tore through the heart of Atlanta only minutes later – severely damaging numerous downtown […]

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From unseasonably warm temperatures to ice and snow to tornadoes, 2014 has been a wild weather roller coaster for Georgia. And that’s not all. Two earthquakes that struck South Carolina rattled Georgia, too. At 10:23 p.m. on Feb. 14, an earthquake with a magnitude of 4.1 struck near Edgefield, S.C., according to the U.S. Geological […]

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Verizon shares ideas on how to stay connected during emergencies

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Just before the polar vortex struck Georgia, one of the most common sights on the news was footage of grocery store shoppers stocking up on food. Preparing food in expectation of severe weather is important, but in this case, many of the items in people’s carts didn’t seem ideal given the weather situation. Based on […]

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Here are twelve tips to get prepared that are so easy, you could finish them before the clock strikes 12 on New Year’s Eve.

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Despite the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, December is National Stress Free Family Holidays Month. Stress can diminish your holiday shopping productivity, slow down the tree trimming and turn even the merriest of spirits into a real Grinch. Stress often stems from being unprepared. ”What am I going to buy for my boss?” […]

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Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday with a rich tradition in America that dates back to some of our earliest founders. Many of the things we take for granted today, from fresh food to warm homes, were ongoing challenges for the Pilgrims. Situations we experience only during emergencies were faced by the Pilgrims every day, and […]

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Each year, more Americans are caring for a loved one with a chronic condition or disability.  There are as many as 90 million family caregivers in the U.S. today. While administering daily care is extremely important, caregivers must also take steps to help those they care for be prepared for unexpected emergencies. We recently sat […]

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