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A Storm is Coming. Are You Ready?

Posted on: Sep 08, 2017

As Hurricane Irma threatens to bring dangerous winds and drenching rains to metro Atlanta, there are simple – but important – steps you can take to protect your family from this and other potential disasters down the road.

Ready® Georgia is your one-stop shop for staying informed, making a disaster plan, creating a preparation kit, and helping your whole community stay prepared for emergency readiness. There’s even an app to help you stay ahead of the curve.

September is National Preparedness Month, a good time to plan for the unexpected. Of course, this takes on greater urgency this year as Irma heads in our direction.

Here are a few preparedness tips from Georgia Emergency Management Agency and Homeland Security.

Know where to go

In case of emergency, establish a family communication plan and meeting place.

Have what you need

Create an emergency kit filled with basic items that could save your life during a disaster.

Know who to call

Keep your local emergency management agency contacts on-file:

Atlanta-Fulton County EMA

Clayton County Fire & Emergency Services

Cobb County EMA

DeKalb County EMA

Gwinnett County Office of EMA

Stay safe financially

Another handy item for your toolkit is The Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK), a simple tool designed to help you and your family to maintain financial stability in an emergency. The EFFAK helps you identify and organize key financial records, and provides a quick reference file for your most important documents.

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As Irma Raged, ARC Helped Keep Older Adults Safe

NOTICE: Gov. Brian Kemp has extended a public health emergency declaration and a statewide shelter-in-place order for older adults and medically fragile residents through June 12.

The Atlanta Regional Commission office at 229 Peachtree Street, NE Atlanta, is closed to the public until further notice. All employees are working remotely and conducting business operations. ARC employees can be contacted directly during normal business hours. However, if you need immediate assistance call 404-463-3100.

If you are seeking resources for older persons and individuals with disabilities, contact us at404-463-3333 or visit

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