National Preparedness Month begins September 1.

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National Preparedness Month begins September 1

September 05, 2023
Disasters can drastically alter our lives in an instant. That's why it's so important to take the time to prepare for any emergency that may come our way. Atlanta-Fulton County Emergency Management Agency (AFCEMA), in partnership with the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMA/HS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is encouraging citizens to prepare 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. AFCEMA joins a nationwide coalition of thousands of private, public, and nonprofit organizations to participate in this month-long initiative to increase awareness and inspire Georgians to be prepared for any natural or man-made disaster.

According to Matthew Kallmyer, AFCEMA Director, disasters can drastically change our lives in a short amount of time. It is important for everyone to be ready for any type of disaster, whether natural or man-made. That's why participating in National Preparedness Month is crucial. The main goal is to ensure that we take the necessary measures to protect ourselves, our jobs, and the community.

There will be a different topic or theme to focus on each week, so we should be well-prepared at the end of the month. The topics are as follows:

Week 1: September 1-9 Plan Ahead
Week 2: September 10-16 Make a Plan
Week 3: September 17-23 Build a Kit
Week 4: September 24-30 Stay Informed

Residents can find more tips on how to prepare for a disaster at

To learn about specific risks in your area, contact Atlanta-Fulton County Emergency Management Agency at (404) 612-5660 or follow the link to Learn More about AFCEMA.