Entries by Tim Pengelly

Get Your Emergency Information “To Go”

Since the beginning of the Ready Georgia campaign in 2008, technology has played a key role in helping Georgians prepare, plan and stay informed. Hundreds of thousands of people have visited the Ready Georgia website and social media channels, where they have been able to access customized tools and emergency preparedness information. Today we have […]

Get Ready for the Dog Days of Summer

It’s been another steamy summer in Georgia, with temperatures hovering in the mid-90s in recent weeks. Although many regard the summer season as the ideal time for family vacations, backyard barbecues and lazy days at the pool, the warmer weather also can bring severe storms, hurricanes, droughts and other heat-related hazards, which pose a threat […]

Most Georgians Are Ready – Are You?

Have you heard the news? According to a recent survey, 64 percent of Georgia households are at least somewhat prepared for disaster. They have stocked at least some emergency supplies such as a flashlight, first aid kit and three-day supply of water and nonperishable food. Even better, people who are familiar with Ready Georgia are […]

Being Ready On A Budget

Already this year we’ve seen a snowstorm cripple 70 percent of the state, tornadoes and severe storms break out across northern Georgia, wildfires burn more than 40,000 acres in the state, and now a disastrous earthquake and tsunami affecting Japan has shown people across the globe how vulnerable we all are. With so many disaster-related […]

Tornadoes: A Crash Course on Survival

For many in Georgia, the beginning of March means that spring is on the way, with its warm temperatures, blue skies and soft lofty clouds – a welcome image after enduring a snowstorm last January that shut down activities in many parts of the state, and the subsequent intensely cold temperatures that held rein throughout […]

What If It Had Been a Tornado?

“The only thing I could think of on my way home was, ‘A flood is bad, but what if that had been a tornado?’ These words are from Sherry Beam, who works for the American Red Cross chapter in Atlanta and whose home was flooded in September 2009. When Sherry and I appeared on the […]

Three Things to Do Now to Prepare for Hurricane Season

History teaches us that a lack of awareness and preparation are common threads among major hurricane disasters. With an above-average hurricane season predicted this year, it’s critical that Georgians take action now to prepare for the unexpected. Most of us associate hurricanes with coastal communities, but the fact is, hurricanes can cause disastrous impacts across […]