Hurricane Preparedness Week May 7 – 13

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Now is the time to prepare

(ATLANTA) – Hurricane Preparedness Week begins May 7, and the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency encourages Georgians to prepare by recognizing the risks and potential dangers of hurricanes, and knowing what to do before, during and after a storm. During 2016, Georgia’s coast was hit hard by Hurricane Matthew. This was the first time since 1979 that hurricane-force impacts occurred along the Georgia coast. In its wake, the storm left three people dead, destroyed hundreds of Georgia homes and left countless businesses battered.

“We saw firsthand the devastating effects Hurricane Matthew had on coastal Georgia,” said GEMA/HS Director Homer Bryson. “During Hurricane Preparedness Week, I encourage every resident, whether they live inland or on the coast, to prepare before the Atlantic Hurricane Season begins in June.”

Each day during Hurricane Preparedness Week, GEMA/HS will highlight one planning recommendation that Georgia residents can take action on to ensure their families, homes and pets will be safe in the event of a hurricane or tropical storm.

Sunday, May 7: 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 8: 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 9: 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 10: 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 11: 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 12: 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 13: Complete Your Written Hurricane Plan. If you wait until a storm is approaching, to start planning, chances are the stress can cause poor decision making. Know ahead of time 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. You can use the Ready Georgia planning tool to create a customized plan for your family.

Families can 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 To learn about specific risks in your area, contact your local emergency management agency.


As part of the Office of the Governor, GEMA/HS 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, GEMA/HS employees are on 24-hour call statewide to assist local authorities when disaster strikes. GEMA/HS’s Ready Georgia campaign helps Georgians prepare for disasters. Go to or download the free Ready Georgia app for information on developing a custom emergency plan and Ready kit.