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Emergency Preparedness @ Georgia Law: Personal Preparedness

Sites - official website of the Department of Homeland Security

  Ready Georgia - Created by the Georgia Emergency Management & Homeland Security Agency (GEMHSA) as part of a statewide campaign to motivate Georgians to prepare for a disaster.

  • Download the Ready Georgia mobile app, to stay abreast of current weather conditions and get up-to-date alerts, traffic information and more

  Google Public alerts - shows where emergencies are happening around the world, and offers links to traffic, weather, evacuation resources and more.

APPS to be Prepared



  • MotionX GPS Drive (iPhone & Android, $1 + $10 annual sub.) - find routes out of town
  • GasBuddy (iPhone & Android, free) - use GPS to display real time gas prices


  • Life360° (iPhone & Android, free) - locate family members on a map
  • Facebook & Twitter (iPhone & Android, free) - follow the National Hurricane Center, FEMA, and local transit and police 
  • 5-0 Radio Police Scanner Lite (iPhone, free) - unfiltered feed of emergency response organizations
  • Scanner Radio - (Android, free)

Critical Information

  • Dropbox for Mobile - store copies of your important documents
  • Banking - set-up mobile access to your bank accounts




Grab & Go Kit

Include enough items to sustain you, your family, and your pets for 72 hours. You should include:

  • Food and bottled water
  • First aid kit
  • Blankets
  • Battery powered or crank radio (get one with a cell phone charger)
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Dust or filter masks
  • Manual can opener
  • Prescription medicines
  • Garbage bags and plastic ties
  • Sanitation needs, including moist towelettes
  • Multi tool, and wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Mess and utensil kits
  • Safety list sticks
  • Chlorine bleach
  • Change of clothing and comfortable shoes
  • Cash
  • Local and campus maps

Home Emergency Preparedness

Home Safety Logo1. Identify potential emergencies

  • What types of emergencies are most likely to happen in your area (earthquakes, fires, floods, etc.)

2. Create a disaster plan

  • Pick two places to meet outside of home
  • Identify an out of state friend or relative that family members can contact
  • Plan how to take care of elderly, disabled, and pets

3. Create a checklist

  • Emergency phone numbers
  • Utility shut-off locations
  • Emergency supplies
  • Vital documents and medications

4. Practice your plan

  • Quiz children so they remember what to do
  • Conduct evacuation drills
  • Replace perishable supplies

Sources for checklists and plan generators

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