Severe Weather Preparedness Week Starts Feb. 1

(ATLANTA) – The Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMA/HS), in coordination with the National Weather Service (NWS), are calling on Georgians to educate themselves and understand the threats of severe weather during Severe Weather Preparedness Week, which will take place Feb. 1-5.

Major Disaster Declared for 21 Counties, Public Assistance Available

Governor Brian Kemp requested a Major Disaster Declaration for Tropical Storm Zeta based on joint federal, state and local preliminary damage assessments totaling more than $22 million. The disaster declaration approved by President Donald Trump makes public assistance available for 21 counties in Georgia.

12 Days of Preparedness begins Christmas Day

(ATLANTA) – Christmas is typically the time for celebration, but this year the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency is kicking off the 12 Days of Preparedness campaign to encourage its citizens to prepare for the winter months. From December 25 to January 5, Georgians will learn about topics from winterizing their homes, to safely dealing with winter hazards, as well as what additional items to put in their Ready kits.

Winter Weather Preparedness Week begins Dec. 7

(ATLANTA) – The Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMA/HS), in partnership with the National Weather Service and the Georgia Department of Transportation, is preparing for Winter Weather Preparedness Week Dec. 7-11. 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 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.