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Last year, I decided to implement the annual Ready Georgia kids contest as a classroom activity for a group of my elementary students during National Preparedness Month – and it was a fantastic decision! As the technology coordinator for Hannan Academy, I found that the video portion of the contest fit in perfectly with our […]

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From tornadoes and flash floods to wildfires and earthquakes, natural and man-made disasters can strike anywhere and at any time. Are you prepared? Do you have a family communications plan? Have you compiled an emergency ready kit? In observance of National Preparedness Month, we at Verizon Wireless are teaming up with GEMA’s Ready Georgia campaign […]

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Last fall, I was invited to participate in Ready Georgia’s Teacher and Parent Toolkit pilot program. As a long-time proponent of teaching emergency preparedness lessons in the classroom, I quickly jumped on the opportunity to test out the campaign’s lesson plans and activities. With my fifth graders, I used the family communications lesson plan, which […]

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In this National Preparedness Month podcast we hear from Nyasha Dunkley, Deputy State Climatologist for Georgia, about the drought that has been affecting Georgia for the past few months. Many of us consider droughts a summertime concern, but more than half of the state remains in a drought as we head into fall. Dunkley addresses […]

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Mother Nature has put on quite the light show in Georgia in recent weeks, with lightning bolts sparking house fires, felling trees and ultimately knocking out power in parts of the state. Although those storms did not result in any fatalities, the same can’t be said in other states, where lightning has recently claimed several […]

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Nearly a year and a half ago, I was approached by a group of individuals in my Lake Arrowhead neighborhood in Cherokee County who were interested in teaming together to form a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). With little hesitation, I signed up to be a part of the group. Lake Arrowhead is an isolated […]

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This September marks the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. As a result of that tragedy, the national Ready campaign  was created to educate citizens about the importance of emergency preparedness. A few years later, that campaign was taken to the state level, and campaigns like Ready Georgia began nationwide. This September is also the eighth observance […]

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