With the Atlantic hurricane season beginning this week, the Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security (GEMA) will host a Twitter chat to help promote hurricane preparedness. Between 1:15 and 2 p.m. on June 4, GEMA/Homeland Security Director Charley English will answer hurricane-related questions from the public and the media live at www.twitter.com/GeorgiaEMA.
“This is an opportunity for Georgians to ask questions about what GEMA is doing to prepare and the steps individuals and families can take to protect themselves and their property,” says English, of GEMA’s inaugural Twitter chat.
Georgians can participate in the town hall by tweeting a question using the hashtag #AskGEMA. Responses can be viewed by clicking the #AskGEMA hashtag on Twitter or following GEMA directly @GeorgiaEMA.
Georgia is vulnerable to storms forming in the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico. However, a hurricane does not have to make landfall on Georgia to bring deadly storm surge, high winds, tornadoes and inland flooding, and these hazards can affect you regardless of where you live in the state. Forecasters are predicting an active season, so residents are reminded that it only takes one storm to devastate a community.
The Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security (GEMA) is the lead state agency for coordination of emergency and disaster response activities. For more information on GEMA, visit www.gema.ga.gov. To learn how to prepare for disaster and create a custom kit and plan, visit www.ready.ga.gov or download the free Ready Georgia app. For specific risks in your community, contact your local emergency management agency. Follow GEMA at www.twitter.com/GeorgiaEMA, www.facebook.com/gema.ohs, and www.youtube.com/ReadyGAfromGEMA.