Nearly every day there is a story in the news that reminds us of the importance of being ready for emergencies. Tropical storms and hurricanes. Wildfires. Floods. Droughts. Georgia has been affected or threatened by all of these over the course of just the last few weeks.
Given that, it would seem we all have good reason to be prepared. But even in the wake of these threats, there are still many people who are not ready.
It’s a question that we ask constantly, in one way or another. And the answers vary from person to person.
- “I don’t have the time.”
- “I didn’t know I needed emergency supplies.”
- “An emergency supply kit is too expensive.”
- “I haven’t ever experienced a disaster, and I don’t think one will affect me.”
That last one is the most difficult for us to work against. Preparedness is about anticipating what could happen, and how you would respond. If someone believes they’re not at risk, it will be almost impossible to motivate them to prepare.
September is National Preparedness Month. This observance originated after 9/11, when we all realized that we may be at risk from threats and dangers that we had never thought possible. Eleven years later, the threat of terrorism doesn’t loom quite as large but the fact still remains – we need to be ready for whatever emergencies may come our way.
Pledge to yourself, your family and your loved ones that you won’t let this month pass without taking at least one small step to get ready.
- Download the Ready Georgia mobile app
- Create a family communications plan using our web-based tool
- Make sure you know the emergency protocol at your child’s school
- Buy a NOAA weather radio
Any one of these or a hundred other simple tasks will get you on a path to preparedness. Choose one and take action. Now is the time.