Make a Game Plan During National Preparedness Month

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?

KateJayIn observance of National Preparedness Month, we at Verizon Wireless are teaming up with GEMA’s Ready Georgia campaign throughout September to educate Georgians about how best to prepare for severe weather emergencies.

On Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 7-8, representatives at select Verizon Wireless Communications stores in Atlanta, Savannah, Macon, Columbus and Augusta assisted customers with setting up their smartphones for severe weather emergencies, offering a tutorial on free apps such as the Ready Georgia mobile app. In addition, throughout September, Georgians have access to a special digital coupon for 25 percent off an accessory that can be utilized during severe weather emergencies, such as a phone charger or battery, by simply texting “ReadyGeorgia” to 22699.

In the case of an emergency, here are a few tips on how to stay connected:

  • Keep wireless phone batteries fully charged – in case local power is lost – well before warnings are issued.
  • Have additional charged batteries and car-charger adapters available for back-up power.
  • Keep phones, batteries, chargers and other equipment in a dry, accessible location.
  • Maintain a family emergency plan that lists emergency contacts and program them into your phone.
  • Limit non-emergency calls to conserve battery power and free-up wireless networks for emergency agencies and operations. Send brief TXT messages rather than voice calls for the same reason.
  • Check weather and news reports available on wireless phone applications when commercial power is out.

Remember, having an established emergency plan can prove crucial in those days after a disaster. Make sure you and your loved ones have a Ready kit and communications plan at home so that if emergency strikes, you have the supplies in place to maintain self-sufficiency for 72 hours. For more information, visit www.ready.ga.gov and the Verizon News Center. Make your emergency game plan today.

Jason Snelling, Atlanta Falcons running back, knows the importance of having a game plan. The Falcons would never hit the field without being prepared, and you should never go without being prepared either. Check out his message to Georgia families.

Kate Jay is public relations manager for the Georgia/Alabama Region of Verizon Wireless.