Elbert County EMS Preparing EC Citizens for National Preparedness Month

September 10, 2013

The month of September is National Preparedness Month, and Elbert County Emergency Services are making sure Elbert County residents get the message.

Elbert County EMS Director Chuck Almond says the purpose of the month is pretty self explanatory.

“It’s just a time that we ask the citizens to look at their homes as well as themselves as individuals on how would they be prepared to survive a local disaster or an emergency that lasts two or three days”, said Almond.

Along with making sure you and your families are safe and prepared for potential disasters, Almond says that pets also need to be included in disaster preparations.

“That seems to be lost in the big picture because those animals need care, and those pets are just like family members”, said Almond.

With the fall season quickly approaching, Almond says one particular scenario that can impact our area is winter weather, and also mentions that in most cases, it is very unpredictable.

“Sometimes it has been a mild, wet, or extremely cold winter”, said Almond. “And as the new year approaches in the spring, which is when we run into severe weather such as strong thunderstorms and the possibility of tornadoes.”

Almond says two websites to keep in mind when coming up with a preparedness plan are the Elbert County EMS website at www.elbertcoes.org and Ready Georgia’s site at www.ready.ga.gov.

Plans can be found on either site that will help residents sustain self-sufficiency for at least three days.

More information can be acquired by phone as well, by contacting Elbert County EMS at (706) 283-2003.

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