How to Prepare for Hurricane Ian

Sep 26, 2022

Since 1890, The Salvation Army of Georgia has served first responders and survivors during major natural disasters in Georgia – making us experts on physical, emotional, and spiritual needs during disaster response. Before the next disaster strikes, make sure you’re ready by reviewing these preparedness tips:

1. Prepare yourself, your family, and your home.

Develop a family disaster plan. If you have to evacuate, where would you go? If you were separated in an emergency, how would you reconnect? Build a family disaster kit with the most essential items to survive for three to five days, starting with drinking water, essential medications, eyewear, and photocopies of identification documents.

2. Prepare your community.

In a disaster that affects entire communities in Georgia, neighbors may be the first people able to help before emergency professionals arrive. In your own community, know who has special needs, such as the elderly or small children, and plan to check on them during a disaster. Likewise, identify people in your neighborhood with special skills or training, particularly in the medical field. Then extend this preparedness to your work, church, children’s school, and so on.

3. Prepare to help others.

 In Georgia, most municipalities have a disaster response and recovery plan coordinated by a local emergency management agency. If you want to help, one of the easiest ways is to affiliate with an existing agency engaged in disaster response and relief, like The Salvation Army of Georgia. Or see if your community supports a Community Emergency Response Team.

4. Don’t stop preparing.

Make emergency preparedness and planning efforts more than a one-time endeavor. Revisit and update your family and neighborhood disaster plans periodically. Change the supplies in your family disaster kit so the food, water, batteries, and other supplies will stay fresh.

How The Salvation Army of Georgia Serves During Times of Need

Response and Deployment

The Salvation Army is serving in most communities long before a disaster happens. When a disaster strikes, our national network of trained disaster relief staff and volunteers provide food, hydration, cleanup kits, and hygiene supplies.

Emotional and Spiritual Care

Immediately after a disaster and throughout recovery, we provide emotional and spiritual care to survivors and first responders. Activities include prayer, emotional support, and pastoral care.

Long-Term Recovery

Long-term recovery often takes months, and sometimes
even years. Our volunteers and staff restore basic social
service programs while case managers coordinate with local, state, and federal entities to implement long-term recovery plans for rebuilding.

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