National Preparedness Month

The Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency and
Gordon County Emergency Management Agency are using September’s National Preparedness
Month to encourage residents to prepare for disasters.

The month-long initiative increases awareness and inspires citizens of Georgia to be prepared for any
natural or man-made disaster. Gordon County will join thousands of private, public and nonprofit
organizations that are designed to motivate people to take the necessary steps to ensure their
homes, workplaces and communities are prepared for disasters and emergencies of all kinds.
“National Preparedness Month is a great chance for people to prepare and evaluate their emergency
plan, and if they don’t have one, to make one,” said Courtney Taylor, Gordon County Emergency
Management Director.

Citizens and their loved ones can prepare by dedicating a little time each week this month by focusing
on the tips below:
· Week 1: September 1-10 Make a Plan
· Week 2: September 11-17 Build a Kit (YouTube)
· Week 3: September 18-24 Low-Cost, No-Cost Preparedness
· Week 4: September 25-30 Teach Youth About Preparedness

“Over the years, we’ve seen how lives can be changed in an instant, so we need to prepare for all
possibilities,” said Wendy Saylors, Gordon County Emergency Management Deputy Director. “During
National Preparedness Month, we want our citizens to get a jump start on preparing for all potential
disasters, whether natural or man-made. We must prepare ourselves and families, so that our lives,
livelihoods and communities can be protected.”

Residents can learn more tips on how to prepare and plan before a natural or man-made disaster by
visiting To learn about specific risks in your area,
contact us at 706-602-2905.

About Gordon County Emergency Management

Gordon County Emergency Management is tasked with working with all local partners to benefit
community wide prevention, preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation to natural and
manmade disasters. Gordon County Emergency Management accomplishes this through planning,
training, and exercises that unite partner agencies within the community for this mission.


As part of the Office of the Governor, the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency
collaborates with local, state and federal governments in partnership with private sector and non-governmental
organizations to protect life and property against man-made and natural emergencies. GEMA/HS’s Ready
Georgia website and preparedness campaign provides Georgians with the knowledge needed to effectively
prepare for disasters. Go to for information on developing a
custom emergency plan and Ready kit.


Author: Tim Cochran

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