GEMA/HS Closes Out 2009 Flooding Event DR 1858

(ATLANTA) – The Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMA/HS) submitted final paperwork to the Federal Emergency Management Agency Thursday, requesting the official closure of Georgia’s catastrophic flooding event in 2009 (DR 1858).

Tornado Drill to be Held on Nov. 4

(ATLANTA) – The Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMA/HS) is holding a statewide tornado drill Wednesday, Nov. 4, at 9:30 a.m. This event coincides with Fall Severe Weather Preparedness Day.

GEMA/HS Encourages Participation in the Great SouthEast ShakeOut Drill

(ATLANTA) – The Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMA/HS) is partnering with the Great SouthEast ShakeOut to educate Georgians on the importance of being prepared. At 10:15 a.m. on October 15, participants will “Drop, Cover and Hold On” to practice what to do in the event of an earthquake.

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

(ATLANTA) – Technology often makes everyday life simpler, but it 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 (GEMA/HS) is recognizing October as National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and is encouraging citizens across the state to learn how to secure their information through computers, mobile phones and other devices. This year’s theme is “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.”

Application Period For FEMA BRIC and FMA Grants Now Open

(ATLANTA) – The Georgia Emergency Management & Homeland Security Agency (GEMA/HS) Hazard Mitigation Department is pleased to inform communities that FEMA has opened the application period for the Building Resilient Infrastructure & Communities (BRIC) and Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) grants.

GEMA/HS Encourages Georgians to Prepare for Tropical Storm Sally

(ATLANTA) – Hurricane Sally made landfall and is now a tropical storm that will move through parts of North and Central Georgia on Thursday and Friday. Though the storm is expected to weaken to a tropical depression as it moves through Georgia, the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency is encouraging citizens to be prepared as the storm has the potential to cause flooding and severe weather.

GIO COVID-19 Data Hub Replaces GEMA/HS COVID-19 SITREP On Sept. 5

(ATLANTA) – With the recent release of the web-based COVID-19 Data Hub by the Georgia Geospatial Information Office, effective Saturday, Sept. 5, the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency will no longer publish the daily COVID-19 Situation Report (SITREP).

Governor Kemp Names New Director, Chief of Staff for GEMA/HS

(ATLANTA) -- Today, Governor Brian P. Kemp announced Chris Stallings as the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency Director, and Mike Smith as the GEMA/HS Chief of Staff during a press conference in the State Operations Center, following the retirement of Director Homer Bryson.

National Preparedness Month Begins September 1

(ATLANTA) – September is National Preparedness Month and the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMA/HS) is working with local emergency management agencies to encourage citizens across the state to prepare themselves and their families for natural and man-made disasters. This year’s National Preparedness Month theme is “Disasters Don’t Wait. Make Your Plan Today.”

GEMA/HS Responds to AJC Article on Open Records Requests

(ATLANTA) – Today, the Atlanta Journal Constitution published an article by staff writer David Wickert, implying that the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency was withholding documents related to the state’s COVID-19 response in violation of the Georgia Open Records Act.