Written by Elizabeth Davis. Posted in News & Weather

September is National Preparedness Month.  The Floyd County Emergency Management Agency is using it as an opportunity to advise local residents to be prepared for disasters both natural and man-made.

Floyd EMA Director Tim Herrington urges individuals and businesses to re-evaluate their emergency preparedness plans at this time.  And if you don’t have such plans, make them.

National Preparedness Month is sponsored by the US Department of Homeland Security’s Ready America campaign.  The observation followed the 9/11 terrorist attacks as a means of increasing awareness and encouraging action for emergency preparedness nationwide.

This year’s theme is “Don’t Wait to Communicate:  Make an Emergency Plan Today”.  Each week of the month will focus on preparation for a wide variety of disasters.  This week, local residents will begin to find useful emergency preparedness information via the Floyd County EMA mobile app and Facebook page, according to Herrington.

Beginning today, the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency is conducting “Who’s Ready, Georgia?  The Search for Georgia’s Most Prepared Citizen”.  Residents statewide are encouraged to nominate the most prepared citizen they know, and votes will be counted at the end of the month.  The winner will be recognized as Georgia’s Most Prepared and awarded a signed certificate from state officials in addition to other prizes.  The contest will promoted via Facebook and Twitter.  Herrington encourages the public to nominate someone who they think is deserving of the honor.

By the way, you can download the Floyd EMA and Ready Georgia mobile apps at Google Play or in Apple’s App Store.  For more information, call Floyd EMA at (706) 236-5002.

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