GEMA/HS recognizes Northwest Georgia students for brochure contest

(ATLANTA) – While people may be used to hearing about earthquakes in the western part of the United States, in recent years Georgia and the southeast region had some minor tremors too. To teach children how to protect themselves in an earthquake, planners from the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency visited Northwest Georgia schools and hosted educational events and a county-wide earthquake informational brochure contest.

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.

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month

(ATLANTA) – The convenience that technology brings makes everyday life simpler, but also makes it easier for criminals to perpetrate financial crimes through the theft of personal data and use of malicious software. The Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency is recognizing October as Cyber Security Awareness Month, and is encouraging citizens across the state to learn how to secure their information through computers, mobile phones and other devices.

 

September is National Preparedness Month

Financial preparedness is key to individual and community resilience

(ATLANTA) –None of the weather threats that Georgia faces have done more damage statewide than flooding, yet less than two percent of homes in the state are covered by flood insurance. Governor Brian Kemp has declared September as National Preparedness Month, with the goal of Georgians being “Prepared, Not Scared,” for floods and any other disasters, both physically and financially.

GEMA/HS Provides Information on Hurricane Dorian Response

(ATLANTA) – Ahead of Hurricane Dorian, Governor Brian Kemp issued a mandatory evacuation of individuals east of Interstate 95 in Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Glynn, Liberty, and McIntosh counties starting at noon today.

The Governor's order also directed the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMA/HS) and Georgia Department of Transportation to establish westerly contraflow on Interstate 16 starting at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, September 3, 2019. Georgians in the evacuation zone are encouraged to review the evacuation routes.

Gov. Kemp, Emergency Management Officials to Give Update on Hurricane Dorian

Governor Brian Kemp, Adjutant General Tom Carden, Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John King, Department of Public Safety Commissioner Mark McDonough, and Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Director Homer Bryson to give update on Hurricane Dorian at GEMA/HS in the Media Room on Thursday, August 29, 2019 at 1:00 PM. Media representatives wishing to shoot photos or video should arrive at 12:30 PM. State officials will be available to answer questions following the briefing.

GECA awarded nearly $4 million to assist with state Next Generation 911 services

(ATLANTA) – The Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency’s Georgia Emergency Communications Authority was awarded a federal grant of $3,994,283 to aid in the transition to Next Generation 911 (NG911) services throughout the state. NG911 will allow for greater caller location accuracy, improved response times by first responders, and allow for data to be shared to 911 centers and first responders. The NG911 grant will fund statewide technology and operations assessments, Geographic Information Systems data readiness analyses, and NG911 training.

 

GEMA/HS changes training registration process

Due to system updates, the process for training registration has changed. Prospective students may go to the training course calendar to view upcoming courses and send an email to the training division at training@gema.ga.gov containing the student's full name, last four of their SSN, course title and dates of the course to register.