September is National Preparedness Month and Whitfield County Emergency Management is encouraging residents to get prepared for a disaster before it happens.

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, Whitfield County Emergency Management will be encouraging residents to take action to prepare. This year’s theme is “Prepared, Not Scared,” and each week focuses on a different topic related to the theme:

• Week 1 (Sept. 1-7): Save early for disaster costs.

• Week 2 (Sept. 8-14): Make a plan to prepare for disasters.

• Week 3 (Sept. 15-21): Teach youth to prepare for disasters.

• Week 4 (Sept. 22-30): Get involved in your community’s preparedness.

“National Preparedness Month is an ideal time for all residents to evaluate their preparedness efforts in their daily lives,” said Amy Ramsey, Emergency Management coordinator at Whitfield County EMA. “Everyone can recall a recent disaster that has occurred. We should learn from the past and prepare for the future. Please take the time to be prepared, not scared! You can do this by taking action now — before a disaster happens.”

For more information about local National Preparedness Month activities, contact Whitfield County Emergency Management at ema@whitfieldcountyga.com or (706) 259-3730.

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