Hurricanes, Tornadoes and Floods

June 7, 2013

Are You Prepared For An Emergency In Georgia?  Join Our Twitter Chat To Find Out How To Prepare

ATLANTA – Tropical Storm Andrea is a harsh reminder that we are just one week into the 2013 hurricane season.  As Andrea moves up the East Coast, tornadoes and flooding are traveling right along with the storm.  The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security (GEMA) are working together to host a Twitter chat about emergency preparedness. 

Patrick O’Neal, M.D., director of health protection for DPH and Charlie Dawson, director of operations for GEMA, along with a team of experts will answer questions and tweet about Georgia’s emergency procedures and preparedness.  They’ll also be ready to address questions from individuals about their emergency preparations. Dr. Alex Isakov, director of Emory University’s Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response and representatives of Georgia-based Home Depot also will join the Twitter chat.

“Tornadoes, flooding, wildfires, and the Boston Marathon attack are just a few of the emergencies the country has experienced in less than 2 months,” said Dr. O’Neal. “Any of those emergencies could happen in Georgia and it is imperative we learn from them and prepare ourselves for what used to be unthinkable.”

The Twitter chat will be Tuesday, June 11 at 3 p.m.  People can follow the chat on Twitter using the hashtag #DPHchat.