Georgians Need To Be Hurricane Ready

By: Greg Gullberg Email
By: Greg Gullberg Email

By Greg Gullberg
May 30, 2013

Valdosta, GA - Hurricane Season officially starts June 1st and that leaves little time to get ready.

According to the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, residents who don't live right on the coast can feel a false sense of security, like people in Valdosta and Thomasville.

"Now is the time (to prepare) because June 1st is just around the corner. And before you know it, hurricanes will be forming out there in the Gulf or the Atlantic," said Jack Looney with the South Georgia Chapter of the Red Cross located in Valdosta.

GEMA and the Red Cross recommend every family have a disaster plan. Where will you go? And what will you do in case of an emergency? And know how to contact each other because families are not always together when disaster strikes.

You're going to want to prepare an emergency supplies kit complete with everything you're going to need in case of an emergency. That includes food, water, flashlights and first aid kits.

You never know just what might save your life. But this thing has a pretty good idea. The Red Cross offers a smart phone App specifically for Hurricanes. It's just one of four Apps from the Red Cross.

"It has check lists that you can get for right before the hurricane comes. What you can do during. What you need to do afterwards," said Looney.

It even has a flash light, strobe light, and alarm.

"This is a great App that you can download either on your I-Phone or your Android. And this App can actually save your life," Looney said.

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Link to learn more about disaster preparation.

http://www.ready.ga.gov/

Link to learn more about the Hurricane App.

http://www.redcross.org/mobile-apps/hurricane-app


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