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September offers chance to prepare for all kinds of disasters

9/9/2011, 1:52 p.m.
A Time to Remember. A Time to Prepare is the slogan for National Preparedness Month,...

A Time to Remember. A Time to Prepare is the slogan for National Preparedness Month, which is being observed throughout September.

The month of activities, which was created after 9/11 to increase awareness and encourage action for emergency preparedness nationwide, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Securitys Ready America campaign.

It will raise awareness of man-made disasters as well as natural disasters like hurricane, tornadoes, floods and earthquakes and encourage adults, children and families to prepare for natural disasters.

GEMA/Homeland Securitys Ready Georgia campaign says that one of the simplest things families can do to help protect themselves is prepare an emergency kit.

Gov. Nathan Deal said everyone should be prepared for emergencies and disasters.

Doing your part to be ready means preparing an emergency supplies kit, he said in a statement issued Aug. 29. We want every Georgian to have at least 72 hours worth of critical supplies on hand at all times, creating an emergency communications plan with loved ones, and staying informed about the potential threats in your area.

Throughout September, Ready Georgia is hosting local events and initiatives designed to motivate people to take the necessary steps to ensure that their homes, workplaces and communities are prepared for natural and man-made disasters and emergencies of all kinds.

Charley English, director of GEMA and Homeland Security, said a recent survey found that 64 percent of all Georgia households are now either somewhat or fully prepared with a Ready kit of emergency supplies and a communications plan in place but that there is still work to be done.

National Preparedness Month serves as a good reminder that we all have a responsibility in protecting ourselves, our families and our communities, he said.

For more information on how to prepare, plan and stay informed, visit ready.ga.gov.