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Home & Family
involves making sure you, your family and your community is prepared
to deal with a disaster – whether it is natural or man-made,
accidental or intentional.
During a public health emergency, preparation and response will be
critical. The mission of the Emergency Preparedness and Response
program is to assure the health and well being of the individuals
and communities in the State of Georgia by preparing for,
responding to and recovering from events of public health
We work with local community partners (i.e., EMA, hospitals) to
coordinate response during public health emergencies. We prepare,
train and collaborate with local, state, and federal partners to
respond appropriately to public health emergencies. During natural
disasters, epidemics, or other public health threats the Emergency
Preparedness program coordinates essential responder efforts to
ensure our community receives necessary information, medication,
support and resources.
We provide emergency preparedness and
response training and education for partners and community members
to ensure that our community is ready for the unexpected. We work
with local, state and federal partners to be prepared to dispense
medications to our communities in the event of a disaster through
If you would like more information about
Southeast Health District’s Emergency Preparedness program, call
912.338.5231, or visit the Georgia Department of Public Health’s
site at http://dph.georgia.gov/emergency-preparedness.
The Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) and each county
Emergency Management Agency (EMA) are involved in local emergency
preparedness. Public Health works very closely with these agencies
in all types of disasters. Please contact your local EMA director
for more information on activities in your community. Another
resource on the web is
Each community in our area has been involved in a variety of
drills and exercises to prepare for the types of disaster their
community might face. The practice exercises involve everything from
train derailments to nuclear disasters to mass dispensing of
medications. Contact your local health department or EMA director
for more information on the exercises coming up in your community.
Many volunteers are needed to deal with any type of disaster.
Different types of volunteers are needed for different events.
Medical, public safety (fire, law enforcement), and general
volunteers are needed in each community. Watch this site for future
local volunteer training opportunities. Want to help? Check out
HOME & FAMILY
What can I do to prepare
for an emergency?
Put together an emergency kit for
Develop an emergency plan that
Know what to do during an
My Emergency Kit
Your kit should contain everything you and the members of your
household may need for at least 3 days. If you are forced to leave
your home or if you cannot leave your home, your kit will provide
essential needs to help protect you and your family’s health.
My Emergency Plan
Emergencies can result in two different situations. You are
forced to evacuate your home or you must “shelter in place.”
“Shelter in place” means to take refuge in our home and do not leave
in the case of environmental contaminants. Have an emergency
evacuation plan such as for a fire. Also have a place to meet in
case your neighborhood is evacuated during the school or workday.
Have an emergency
contact plan. Many times local phone systems will be overloaded in
an emergency. You may be able to reach family members or friends in
other parts of the state or out of state when you cannot call across
town. Have a common person all household members can check in with
and relay information for you. Print this card, complete, and give a
copy to each household member.
During an Emergency
The best thing you can do is to be prepared to check for
instructions on local television and radio and in newspapers. In the
event of a bioterrorism emergency, it might take time to determine
exactly what the illness is, how it should be treated, and who is in
danger. Officials will give you information about what to do as
quickly as possible.
Learn more about how you can
prepare for an emergency at www.ready.ga.gov or www.ready.gov.
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