September is National Preparedness Month. The purpose of this observance is to raise awareness about the importance of being prepared for the disasters of all types that could happen at any time.
Flooding is a type of weather disaster that is faced in Northwest Georgia, as experienced during Labor Day weekend up in Chattooga County and parts of Floyd County. Tim Herrington, the Director of the Floyd County Emergency Management Agency, indicates that the three rivers which run through Rome increase the threat of a flood-related emergency for our area. He encourages Romans to ensure that their homeowners insurance covers flooding.
Preparedness Month also provides a great opportunity to update your family’s emergency plan, says Herrington.
Herrington also advises the public to remain updated on developing weather situations via reputable weather apps. The Floyd County EMA mobile app is available free of charge through Apple’s App Store and Google Play; it offers a wealth of tips related to disaster preparedness.