Who is GEMA/HS?

We are the state's preparedness, response and recovery agency.

We work with public and private sector organizations to prevent and respond to natural and man-made emergencies.

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Winter Weather Preparedness

Winter weather in Georgia is notoriously unpredictable, and can range from snow or subfreezing temperatures, as well as strong winds or even ice or heavy rain storms. Winter storms, which often affect North Georgia, result in extreme cold, downed power lines and blocked roads and highways. We encourage you to learn about Georgia’s winter weather and how to prepare for whatever Mother Nature may send our way!

Latest Information

GEMA/HS prepares for Winter Weather Preparedness Week, December 2

(ATLANTA) – The weather outside isn’t frightful yet, but the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency, in partnership with the National Weather Service and GDOT, is gearing up for Winter Weather Preparedness Week on Dec. 2-6. This week encourages Georgians to prepare for inclement winter weather by learning about winter weather threats, reviewing or creating a family communications plan and considering what items to put in their Ready kits.

GEMA/HS multi-agency Radiological Emergency Preparedness exercise helps ensure quick, coordinated state response

(ATLANTA) – Georgia is home to two nuclear power facilities and 75 counties are within 50 miles of a nuclear facility. To ensure the state is ready to respond if a radiological emergency occurred, the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency’s Radiological Emergency Preparedness Program (REP) held a multi-agency tabletop exercise at the State Operations Center today.

Georgia announces Fall Severe Weather Preparedness Day, November 6.

(ATLANTA) – Governor Brian Kemp, in coordination with the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency and the National Weather Service, is declaring Nov. 6, as Georgia’s Fall Severe Weather Preparedness Day and encouraging schools, businesses and individuals to take part in the severe weather exercise/tornado test at 9:30 am.

GEMA/HS employees are on call 24/7 to assist local authorities when disaster strikes.