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CEMA’s Emergency Preparedness Initiative

The Harambee House partners with environmentally-concerned neighborhood, community, city, corporate and county organizations dedicated to the safety, health and advancement of our fellow citizens in the Savannah, GA region and coastal areas.  To this end, we periodically advertise events and activities sponsored by regional groups that promote environmental awareness, job-training opportunities and disaster preparedness.

This week, July 31 through August 4, The Chatham Emergency Management Agency (CEMA), is conducting an emergency awareness initiative to notify and registry Savannah citizens into their county-wide emergency notification systems.  CEMA is a part of the Savannah, GA Local Emergency Planning Committe (LEPC). The details of their week-long initiative follows below.

Chatham County’s Hurricane PrepareAthon Week! All week long, we will focus on daily tasks to help our residents become disaster ready.  Day 1 is all about emergency communications- Severe Weather Warning Day! Are you aware of the communication tools available to ensure the safety of your family? Today, residents are encouraged to learn about these potentially lifesaving alert systems!

v  Text Messages Alerts: CEMA regularly sends text message alerts about local emergencies including impending storms, potential flooding, heat warning and road closures. To get important updates via text message, text ‘FOLLOW CHATHAMEMA’ to 40404. You will be automatically added to the SMS notification list, powered by Twitter. Standard text messaging rates apply.

v  Social Media: We live in a very technology based society! Many residents now look to sites such as Facebook to receive news updates. CEMA is active on social media sites including TwitterFacebook, Instagram and YouTube.

Community Notification System: CEMA encourages everyone who lives, works and visits Savannah and Chatham County to sign up to receive emergency and community notifications on their cells phones through the Community Notification System (CNS). This free service is designed to make phone calls to specific areas in the event of an evacuation. By registering your cell phone to your home and/or work address, you will receive notifications when an evacuation order is called for your area. All listed landline phone numbers have already been programmed into the system. Register online by visiting HERE or call the PrepareAthon Telethon on Friday, August 4th. The Telethon number is 912-644-8899.

Emergency Weather Phone App: There are several emergency weather applications that you can download onto your smartphone to alert you when severe weather is approaching our area. For example, some phone apps include WTOC First Alert Radar, WSAV Storm Team 3, The American Red Cross Emergency App, NOAA Weather Radar and many more. Each of these apps will assist you in staying informed during an emergency.

v  NOAA Weather Radio: For residents without smart phones, weather radios are encouraged! National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radios broadcast continuous weather information directly from the nearest National Weather Service office. NWR broadcasts official Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

CEMA has partnered with FEMA, WTOC, WTKS, The United Way of the Coastal Empire, Hands on Savannah, The American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, Savannah Heritage Emergency Response, Chatham County Public Information Office, Office of Occupational Safety, Department of Public Works, Board of Accessors and Youth Commissioners. In addition, the Coastal Health District, Disaster Control and Prevention, The Harambee House, The City of Savannah Office of Emergency Management, City of Savannah Office of Community Planning and Development, and The Humane Society for Greater Savannah have helped make the PrepareAthon possible. Thank you for your support!

Here’s what you can expect for the remainder of the week:

Monday, July 31Severe Weather Warning Day!

Tuesday, August 1 – Preparedness Kit Day

Wednesday, August 2 – Insurance Review Day

Thursday, August 3 – Evacuation Planning Day

Friday, August 4 – Business Preparation Day and the PrepareAthon Telethon Day! The PrepareAthon Telethon is from 6AM to 8PM; people can call and register for the County’s Community Notification System. CEMA staff and volunteers will be in CEMA’s Emergency Operations Center to take calls from residents to help them register or update their information in our Community Notification System. The Telethon number is 912-644-8899.

Additional links for Emergency Preparedness:

America’s PrepareAthon

About America’s PrepareAthon

America’s PrepareAthon FAQs

National Preparedness Month

2017 National Seasonal Preparedness Messaging Calendar

City of Savannah, Staff Directory Search

CEMA Preparedness Website

City of Savannah Is Now Accepting Emergency Solutions Grant Applications