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National Preparedness Month Kicks-Off

Sep 6, 2023


For Immediate Release

September 5, 2023

News Release

National Preparedness Month Kicks-Off

(Clayton County, GA)– Clayton County Office of Emergency Management and Office of Resilience and Sustainability, in partnership with the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency, are encouraging citizens to get ready for disasters during National Preparedness Month in September. This year’s theme is “Take Control in 1, 2, 3”, and will focus on preparing older adults for disasters. Even though this year’s focus is on seniors the Office of Emergency Management is also reaching out to educate school-age children and local businesses on emergency preparedness.

“We’ve all seen how quickly our lives can be significantly transformed when disaster strikes,” said Ryan Morrison, Emergency Management Director. “During National Preparedness Month, we unite as a community, transforming uncertainty into strength through education, collaboration, and proactive planning, ensuring a safer and stronger future for all.”

This year, several emergency preparedness campaign activities are scheduled throughout the county to educate and empower the community in case of a disaster. To kick off the month-long series of events a proclamation will be presented at the September 5 Board of Commissioners meeting followed by weekly emergency preparedness presentations at all of the county’s senior centers.  Prizes will also be given away in partnership with JenCare.

Other events include a Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) meeting that will take place at the Clayton County Fire Training Academy at 10 a.m. on September 7.  A lunchtime Emergency Preparedness Training will be held September 12 at the Northwest Library Branch, 6131 Riverdale Rd, Riverdale, GA starting at 12:30 p.m.  The public is invited to attend both events.

For more tips on planning and preparedness before a natural or man-made disaster access, .  To learn about specific risks in Clayton County, contact the Office of Emergency Management at 770.477.3511.