Get Ready for Extreme Weather and Natural Disasters
Natural and man-made disasters can strike at any time. Ice Storms. Wildfires. Floods. This section helps you learn how to plan, prepare and stay informed when you need it most. You can also keep this information with you all the time by downloading the Ready Georgia mobile app.
From 2007 through the first part of 2009, Georgia faced one of the most severe droughts in history. Our rivers and reservoirs were at record lows, and many of our communities faced water shortages that challenged their ability to meet water supply needs.
One of the most destructive phenomena of nature is an earthquake and its aftereffects. Although there are no guarantees of safety during an earthquake, identifying potential hazards ahead of time and advance planning can save lives and significantly reduce injuries and property damage.
Explosions usually occur suddenly, so it's important to learn in advance how to respond to an explosion and its aftermath.
Temperatures that hover 10 degrees or more above the average high temperature for the region and last for several weeks are defined as extreme heat. Heat kills by taxing the human body beyond its abilities. In Georgia, it is not unusual for temperatures to soar into the 90s.
Floods are the second most common and widespread of all natural disasters, after fire. In Georgia, most communities experience some kind of flooding after spring rains or heavy thunderstorms.
Each year, household fires cause more than 4,000 Americans deaths and more than 25,000 injuries. Many residential fire-related deaths remain preventable through planning and proper response.
As a coastal state, Georgia is particularly at risk for hurricanes. Storms that form in the southern Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico have the potential to affect our state. Every resident should plan what to do in the event of an evacuation.
An influenza pandemic occurs when a new influenza virus emerges for which there is little or no immunity in the human population. The virus begins to cause serious illness and then spreads easily person-to-person worldwide.
Public Health disasters can strike at any time. Chemical threats. Biological threats. Ebola. Learn how to plan, prepare and stay informed to help protect yourself and your family.
Terrorism is a deliberate use of violence against civilians for political or religious means. Each day, terrorists may be working to obtain chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive weapons.