Emergency Preparedness



Emergency Preparedness involves making sure you, your family, and your community are prepared to deal with a disaster – whether it is natural or man-made, accidental or intentional.

Public Health’s Role

During a public health emergency, preparation and response will be critical. The mission of the Emergency Preparedness and Response Program is to ensure the health and well-being of the individuals and communities in Georgia by preparing for, responding to, and recovering from events of public health significance.

The Southeast Health District’s Emergency Preparedness (EP) team works with federal, state, local, and community partners (i.e., EMA, hospitals, health care coalitions) to coordinate responses during public health emergencies and events.

Learn about the Strategic National Stockpile.

Want to help? Check out these resources: Citizen Corps and Medical Reserve Corps.

Public Health works very closely with the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) and each county Emergency Management Agency (EMA). Please contact your local EMA director for more information on activities in your community. Additional information can be found at gema.ga.gov.

If you would like more information about Southeast Health District’s Emergency Preparedness Program please call (912) 338-5231 or visit the Georgia Department of Public Health’s website at http://dph.georgia.gov/emergency-preparedness.


Community Preparedness

Exercises and Drills

The Southeast Health District participates in a variety of drills and exercises in preparation for the many types of disaster we could potentially one day face. Practice exercises address issues ranging 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.

Home and Family Preparedness

What can I do to prepare for an emergency?
  • Put together an emergency kit for your entire family
  • Develop an emergency plan that includes evacuation routes and rendezvous points
  • Know what to do during an emergency
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

Your family may not be together when disaster strikes. Make a plan today. Know how you’ll contact one another and reconnect if separated. Establish a family meeting place that’s familiar and easy to find. Address the unique needs of pets, older loved ones and family members with special needs in your plan.

Know What To Do During an Emergency

If possible, continue to monitor local media for status updates and instructions. 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 https://www.ready.gov/.