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A Storm is Coming. Are You Ready?

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
404-612-4000

Clayton County Fire & Emergency Services
770-473-7833

Cobb County EMA
770-499-4567

DeKalb County EMA
770-724-7899

Gwinnett County Office of EMA
770-822-8000

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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