GEMA/HS Dispatch December 2017 Edition - Page 2

CONTENTS National Weather Service balloons rise to challenge of forecasting weather 4 WinterEx provides weather planning tools, feedback to participants 6 Help was only a phone call away for Florida during Hurricane Irma 8 Irma evacuees find respite, assistance along Georgia highways 10 Emergency information more accessible to Deaf community during Hurricane Irma 12 Radiological Emergency Preparedness Program helps protect Georgians, agriculture 14 Animals loved, protected during disasters Dept. of Agriculture shelters hundreds of pets during Hurricane Irma 18 Training prepares local, state partners to deal with bomb threats 20 UGA staff, students provide crucial aid during Hurricane Irma 22 The new face of Georgia Forestry 24 On the cover: David Cowan, a freelance Deaf Interpreter and Deaf community activist, assisted in translating emergency information from GEMA/HS into Amercian Sign Language during Hurricane Irma. (Photo by Lisa Rodriguez-Presley)