Special to the Journal
From deadly tornadoes to record flooding, Georgia has experienced its share of emergencies recently. National Preparedness Month starts in September, and Gov. Nathan Deal – in cooperation with the Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security’s Ready Georgia campaign – is encouraging residents to take steps to prepare their homes, workplaces and communities for disasters of all kinds.
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Ready America campaign, National Preparedness Month was founded after 9/11 to increase awareness and encourage action for emergency preparedness nationwide. Throughout the month, Ready Georgia will host several activities and events, including its annual Kids Art, Essay and Video Contest and a creative “pet meme caption contest” via Facebook.