For those who remember the bomb shelters of the 1950s and 1960s, emergency preparedness is not a new concept. However, with the recent advent of TV shows like “Doomsday Preppers” on the National Geographic Channel and “Doomsday Bunkers” on the Discovery Channel, emergency preparedness has suddenly become all the rage again. Between images of angry protesters in the streets of countries like Greece and Portugal hit hardest by the European sovereign debt crisis and video of the destruction of homes and businesses following 2012’s historic Superstorm Sandy, it’s not difficult to imagine the world falling into a state of instability. Threat of hurricanes, terrorism and social unrest aside, Georgia has fallen victim to destructive ice storms, floods and tornadoes in the past. For Atlantans who wish to be “better safe than sorry,” there are a number of excellent local resources to help them prepare for a potential economic, social or natural disaster.
141 Pryor St.
Atlanta, GA 30303
The Atlanta-Fulton County Emergency Management Agency has developed the Ready Fulton campaign to help local citizens prepare for virtually any danger that might befall the area. Through the provision of valuable information, guests of the AFCEMA website are encouraged to complete the steps necessary to protect their families against hazards such as floods, tornadoes, earthquakes and more. This helpful website contains links to the Readiness Resource Guide, a series of flyers that contain tips on how to be prepared for a variety of natural disasters. A recurring theme is the need to have a plan in place and prepare an emergency kit that contains things like water, non-perishable food items, first aid supplies, change of clothes and flashlight. Because one can never be too young to be prepared, the website even provides a link to the Ready Kids Activity Book.
1600 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30333
For emergencies beyond natural disasters, the Emergency Preparedness and Response page on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website proves a valuable resource. In addition to tips related to natural disasters and severe weather emergencies, the CDC provides links to specific hazards such as bioterrorism, chemical and radiation emergencies, viral outbreaks, mass casualties and more. Each of the links contains information for both the general public and professionals, detailing an overview of the potential disaster, fact sheets and how to prepare.
P.O. Box 18055
Atlanta, GA 30316
A website designed for citizens, emergency managers and elected officials alike, the Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security provides a forum for the latest emergency information, suspicious activity reporting and inquiry submission. Perhaps most interesting for Atlantans interested in emergency preparedness is the link to the Citizen Corps. Coordinated at the state level by the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) and at the federal level by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Citizen Corps is a program designed to “create public education, training and volunteer opportunities to support community and family safety.” The initiative focuses on training for Community Emergency Response Teams, Medical Reserve Corps, volunteers in police service and even members of neighborhood watch programs – all valuable roles in the event of an emergency.
Affiliated with the American Preppers Network, the Georgia Preppers Network provides a medium for everyone from newbies to the prepper world to seasoned veterans. In addition to articles related to emergency preparedness that run the gamut from the location of natural water sources in Georgia to how to build a comprehensive medical kit, the Georgia Preppers Network website also contains links to companies that sell emergency shelters, food and more. To stay up to date on the latest Georgia Preppers Network news and interact with other preppers, interested Atlantans will want to “like” the group’s Facebook page.
1000 Cobb Parkway N., Suite B
Marietta, GA 30062
After doing research on each of the sites listed above, aspiring preppers may be ready to stock up on supplies. This Cobb County company sells everything one might need to survive a natural disaster or pandemic emergency. From first aid and homesteading supplies to generators and water purification systems, this store has it all. Visitors to the website should be sure to visit the Learning Center for valuable information on how to prepare for hurricanes, floods, tornados, earthquakes, winter storms, terrorism and even unemployment.