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Keeping Preparedness Top of Mind

September 4, 2013

Originally published Sep 26, 2011

Northwest Georgia Public Health Emergency Preparedness (EP) staff recently participated in two end-of-summer events designed to encourage individuals, families, businesses and organizations to take personal and collective responsibility for preparing for both natural and manmade disasters. According to EP Director Cathy Wiley, "at both events, we highlighted public health's ongoing emergency preparedness efforts in collaboration with our community partners and encouraged everyone to Get A Kit, Make A Plan, Be Informed." At both events, Northwest Georgia Public Health EP staff, including Tony Cooper, LaDonna Collins and Jennifer Kirkland, displayed and disseminated emergency preparedness materials.

Preparedness Night with the Rome Braves was held August 27, at Rome's State Mutual Stadium. Participating along with Public Health were representatives from local Emergency Management, Public Safety, EMS, Salvation Army, American Red Cross, CERT and area hospitals. "We showcased our mobile communications center in conjunction with the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES)," Wiley said.

ReadyFest, a free public preparedness event designed to help northwest Georgians prepare for a crisis, was held September 8, at Georgia Northwestern Technical College. FOX 5 Chief Meteorologist Ken Cook served as master of ceremonies. Speakers representing local, regional, state and national agencies addressed topics ranging from citizen involvement and weather warnings to creating a home shelter and avoiding home repair fraud after storm damage. In addition to Northwest Georgia Public Health Emergency Preparedness staff, speakers represented the National Weather Service, the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the American Red Cross, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Center for the Prevention of Home Improvement Fraud.

"As with all our emergency preparedness activities, our primary objective in participating in these two events was to ensure northwest Georgians are prepared to face and respond to disasters and emergencies in their homes, businesses and communities, “Wiley said. “We want folks to know their efforts, as well as ours, to bring emergency preparedness to our community will make a difference. We also want to make sure everyone knows that Public Health is working 24-7, along with our community partners, to build a safe and healthy Georgia."