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

(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.

GEMA/HS Retires Ready Georgia App

After almost of decade of operation, the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency will be retiring its Ready Georgia app. The app was launched in an effort to make Ready Georgia more accessible, but with the launch of the agency’s new mobile friendly site, all Ready Georgia information will still be available on mobile phones and tablets.

GEMA/HS streamlines recovery process with creation of Disaster Recovery Division

To streamline the recovery process for both individuals and organizations, the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency has reorganized existing personnel and added new positions to create the Disaster Recovery Division.

GEMA/HS Implements New Grants Management System, EMGrantsPro

The Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency recently implemented a new grants Management system, Georgia EMGrantsPro. This new system provides a more up to date, web-based method for grants management for both GEMA/HS grants administration staff as well as for the subgrantees.

GEMA/HS conducts, clarifies Emergency Alert

The Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency conducted a test of the emergency alert system today regarding radiological emergency.