There are only a few weeks left in 2012, and we’re happy to report that many Georgians are more prepared for emergencies than they were at the beginning of the year. Our survey results show that nearly three quarters of residents are at least somewhat prepared for a large-scale disaster. In the past 50 weeks, more than 2,700 of you have created plans using Ready profiles and more than 5,500 of you have downloaded the Ready Georgia mobile app.
How did we get here? Let’s take a look back at some of the notable events of 2012, both the somber and the fun:
Tornado Season Gets Off to Deadly Start
From Feb. 28 to March 3, a major outbreak of tornadoes swept across the Southeast and struck Georgia, causing thousands of dollars in damage and, tragically, the death of an 83-year-old woman in Alpharetta. These tornadoes arrived right at the start of tornado season, emphasizing the crucial need to prepare before these dangerous storms hit, as well as the need to take special precautions for older members of your family.
Hot Dogs in July
A searing heat wave in early July broke records in cities across Georgia and increased awareness about the dangers of extreme heat and how to get ready, and not just for humans. Fans shared the photo of a bulldog on ice (see above) 240 times on Facebook, a record for the Ready Georgia page. Nothing like a bulldog to get Georgia’s attention.
Close Up on Ready Kits
Hundreds of Georgians participated in the “What’s in the Kit?” contest during National Preparedness Month in September. It was a great opportunity to win some prizes and learn about the items you should keep in a Ready kit. Participants looked at a super close-up photo of an item and had to guess what it was. Many got it right, but some of the guesses were… interesting. Our favorite was the water bottle image that someone confused for a light reflection on a cymbal. We’ve never thought of musical instruments as a critical component of a Ready kit, but maybe for the avid musician they could be.
You People Really Like Zombies
The most popular blog post of the year came this fall, when we counted down the Top 5 Least Likely Disasters (That It Wouldn’t Hurt to Prepare For Anyway). Regardless of whether you’re preparing for hurricanes, tornadoes, zombies or aliens, it’s important to have some non-perishable food, water, a NOAA weather radio and other Ready kit items.
Georgians love their pets, and we want to make sure your four-legged friends get taken care of during emergencies. That’s why Ready Georgia team members traveled to the Atlanta Pet Expo. We expected to meet some devoted pet lovers and we weren’t disappointed. What we weren’t expecting was River, the giant wolfdog (who looked like he had more ‘wolf’ than ‘dog’ in him) in the next booth. Here he is taking some time to stretch out in front of our table.
Regardless of whether it’s spring tornadoes, summer heat waves, fall hurricanes or winter snow storms, being ready before disaster strikes is an important and potentially life-saving step. Check out the Ready Georgia website to learn more about how you can be prepared.