GEMA/HS Dispatch Sept 2018 - Page 4

NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH SEPTEMBER IS DISASTERS HAPPEN. PREPARE NOW. LEARN HOW. Story by: Brandy Mai E ach September, National Preparedness Month reminds citizens to prepare themselves and their families for potential disasters. Stocking a Ready kit, making a financial plan and learning lifesaving skills (such as CPR) are items that are promoted during this month dedicated to preparedness. Often, ordinary citizens are the first ones to respond after a disaster strikes their community and before first responders arrive; therefore, National Preparedness Month stresses to everyone the importance of planning ahead. This year, the NPM campaign will focus on plan- ning, with an overarching theme of Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How. In keeping with this theme, Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Se- 4 | September 2018 curity Agency encourages people to visit their website or the Ready Georgia site or app in order to learn more about planning for disasters and how to ensure their families are prepared. “We encourage citizens year-round to prepare and plan,” said Catherine Howden, GEMA/HS Chief of Staff. “National Preparedness Month, though, allows us to amplify those messages due to the increased messag- ing of the national campaign.” Ready.gov, a site to help citizens prepare for an in- cident, outlines the weekly themes for this year’s cam- paign and provides web and social media resources for those who want to encourage preparedness in their communities. For Jay Wiggins, emergency management director