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Grady County tested its Emergency Phone Notification Service last week just a few days before the beginning of the 2015 Hurricane Season. The calls went out on Thursday, May 28, at 7 p.m. The Hurricane Season began on Monday and lasts until Nov. 30.
Local emergency officials said Thursday was an ideal time to remind residents of the volunteer alert system. Anyone who wishes to be added or removed from the system should call the Grady County EMA Office at 229-378-2271. The Alert Service notifies residents whenever there’s a tornado warning (not for a tornado watch), severe thunder storm warning and localized flooding.
According to a Ready Georgia study, 73 percent of Georgians do not know the designated evacuation routes from their community, and 71 percent have not arranged a family meeting place or reconnection plan. To help residents prepare for hurricanes and other emergencies, the Ready Georgia campaign provides online tools to make a disaster supply kit, develop a tailored communications plan and stay informed about potential threats. Children’s games and activities can be found on the ReadyKids page, and households with pets or elderly or disabled family members will find specific information on preparing for severe weather.
Families can also download Ready Georgia’s free mobile app to learn how to prepare for emergencies, create family communications plans and more. The app turns an iPhone or Android smartphone into a preparedness tool by alerting users to severe weather in their areas, as well as providing a list of Ready kit supplies and even local shelter locations in the wake of a disaster.
For more information on how to prepare for severe weather visit, www.ready.ga.gov or download the Ready Georgia mobile app.
Ready Georgia is a statewide campaign designed to educate and empower Georgians to prepare for and respond to natural disasters, pandemic outbreaks, potential terrorist attacks and other large-scale emergencies. The campaign is a project of the Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security (GEMA/HS) and provides a local dimension to Ready America, a broader national campaign. Ready Georgia aims to prepare citizens for maintaining self-sufficiency for at least 72 hours following an emergency.