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GEMA: Emergency Preparedness Checklist

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View these tips from a Georgia Emergency Management Agency news release:

  • Test your smoke alarms to make sure they're working, and replace the batteries if they're more than a year old.
  • Take a look at your Ready kit:
    • Check expiration dates on your food, water and medications. Use foods before they go bad, and replace them with fresh supplies.
    • Throw out any canned good that is swollen, dented or corroded.
    • Check your equipment. Is your battery-powered radio working? When was the last time you replaced the batteries in your flashlight and your NOAA weather radio? Follow the same rule of thumb as you do for your smoke alarm – replace the batteries at least once a year.
    • Re-think your needs. Is someone in the family on medication now that they weren't taking a year ago? Have you added a family member or a pet? Take these and other lifestyle changes into account, and update your kit as needed.
  • Once you've taken a few minutes to refresh your Ready kit, make sure you take a quick look at your family emergency plan too. Log on to your personal profile on the Ready Georgia website, or use the Ready Georgia mobile app. Update medical information, phone numbers and any other details that may have changed during the past year. Then make sure your family knows where you will go and how you will get in touch with another in case of an emergency.
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