Now is the Time to Prepare for Hurricane Season
(ATLANTA) – With Hurricane Preparedness Week beginning May 15, now is the ideal time for all Georgians to prepare and recognize the risks and potential dangers of hurricanes and what to do before, during and after a storm. Although Georgia hasn’t had a major hurricane make landfall in recent years, Georgia’s coast remains at risk for hurricanes that form in the southern Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico.
“Hurricanes don’t have to directly hit Georgia or even be classified as ‘major’ to cause significant damage. Hurricane Katrina didn’t make landfall here, but it did cause serious flooding across western parts of the state and spawned 18 tornadoes in one day,” said Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMHSA) Director Jim Butterworth. “During Hurricane Preparedness Week, I encourage every resident, both along the coast and inland, to prepare before the Atlantic Hurricane Season starts in June.”
Each day during Hurricane Preparedness Week, GEMHSA will highlight one planning recommendation. Georgia residents can follow along and take action all week to ensure their families, homes and pets will be safe in the event of a hurricane or tropical storm.
- Sunday, May 15: Know Your Risk— Find out what wind and water hazards could occur in your area. The impacts of hurricanes can be felt hundreds of miles inland – they aren’t just coastal problems.
- Monday, May 16: Develop an Evacuation Plan. Get familiar with Georgia Navigator, so when the time comes, you’ll know the way to go. You can also find evacuation routes here.
- Tuesday, May 17: Secure an Insurance Checkup. Call your agent and make sure you have enough coverage to repair or even replace your home. Standard homeowner’s insurance doesn’t cover flooding.
- Wednesday, May 18: Assemble Disaster Supplies. Have enough non-perishable food, water and medicine to last each person at least three days. Don’t forget the pet supplies!
- Thursday, May 19: Strengthen Your Home. Make sure your home is in good repair and meets hurricane code specifications. Have the proper plywood or aluminum panels to board up windows and doors.
- Friday, May 20: Identify your Trusted Sources of Information for a Hurricane Event. When weather alerts and recommendations to take action begin, you’ll need to know where to go to find accurate information.
- Saturday, May 21: Complete Your Written Hurricane Plan. If you wait until storms are already impending, chances are, stress will cause poor decision making. Know where you will ride out the storm, and where your supplies are stored. Make sure your family is on the same page about who to contact and where to go. Get it all in writing and store copies of the plan where everyone has access to them. Use the Ready Georgia planning tool to create a customized plan for your family.
Families can also download the free Ready Georgia mobile app to learn how to prepare for emergencies, create family communications plans and more. The app turns an iPhone or Android smartphone into an invaluable preparedness tool by alerting users to severe weather in their areas, as well as providing a list of Ready kit supplies and even local shelter locations in the wake of a disaster.
For more information on how to prepare for severe weather, visit www.ready.ga.gov. To learn about specific risks in your area, contact your local emergency management agency.
As part of the Office of the Governor, GEMHSA works with local, state and federal governments, in partnership with the private sector and faith-based community, to protect life and property against man-made and natural emergencies. In addition, GEMHSA employees are on 24-hour call statewide to assist local authorities when disaster strikes.
About Ready Georgia
Ready Georgia is a statewide campaign designed to educate and empower Georgians to prepare for and respond to natural disasters, pandemic outbreaks, potential terrorist attacks and other large-scale emergencies. The campaign is a project of GEMHSA, and provides a local dimension to Ready America, a broader national campaign. Ready Georgia aims to prepare citizens for maintaining self-sufficiency for at least 72 hours following an emergency, and uses an interactive website, free mobile app, broadcast and print advertising and public awareness media messaging to reach its audiences.