Monday, August 11, 2008

Peachtree City Police Department and the Community Emergency Response Team Supports Ready Georgia Initiative

In January 2008, the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) unveiled Georgia’s new statewide emergency preparedness campaign. Ready Georgia provides a local dimension to Ready America, a broader national campaign, which aims to motivate Georgians to take action to prepare for a disaster.

Ready Georgia is supported by the Georgia Department of Human Resources – Division of Public Health, the Ad Council, The Home Depot and volunteer organizations to engage the public and effect change. In Peachtree City, the Police Department and its Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) will utilize the Ready Georgia tools to encourage local citizens to prepare, plan and stay informed about emergency preparedness.

“Preparedness is an important issue for every resident of Peachtree City,” said H.C. “Skip” Clark II, Chief of Police. “The Police Department and our Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) call on residents of all ages to take responsibility for their own readiness and preparedness. Our organization will be here to provide information on a local level to achieve the state’s goal of having every citizen ready to maintain self-sufficiency for the critical 72 hours following a disaster.”

Ready Georgia provides individuals, schools, enforcement officials, volunteer organizations, community groups and local governments with a new interactive Web site (, online community toolkit, television and radio advertising and public awareness media messaging to reach its audiences. Local organizations, like the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), will provide additional support throughout the state.

“Our organization will be supporting the Ready Georgia initiative by sponsoring public service announcements; disseminating information through messaging board systems; distributing information at the City’s Library, City Hall, Peachtree City Recreation Department, the Gathering Place and in our public school system; manning booths at the Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater; and participating in a variety of other activities. In addition to these events, the Peachtree City Police Department will be hosting the sixth basic Community Emergency Response Team course. The course will begin on September 11, 2008 at 6:30 p.m. Course applications can be obtained on line at or at the locations listed above. The application deadline is September 5th, 2008” said Chief H.C. Skip Clark II. “We also invite individuals to log on to for preparedness information and resources.”

About Ready Georgia
Ready Georgia is a statewide campaign designed to educate and empower Georgians to prepare for and respond to natural disasters, pandemic outbreaks, potential terrorist attacks and other large-scale emergencies. The campaign is a project of the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) and provides a local dimension to Ready America, a broader national campaign. Ready Georgia aims to prepare citizens for maintaining self-sufficiency for the 72 hours following an emergency, and uses an interactive Web site, online community toolkit, television and radio advertising and public awareness media messaging to reach its audiences. For more information visit

About the Peachtree City Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
The CERT program educates citizens and volunteers about the hazards they face in their community and provides them training in lifesaving skills. It is an all-risk, all-hazard training program. CERT courses are designed to help protect yourself, your family, your neighborhood, and surrounding neighborhoods when emergencies occur.
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Ready Georgia said...

Working together as a community to prepare every member individually is an excellent way to make sure friends, neighbors and loved ones are safe and ready to survive an emergency. Peachtree City’s Community Emergency Response Team is taking steps that local organizations throughout the state can follow, especially considering research shows 80 percent of Georgians are not prepared to survive the crucial first 72 hours after an emergency. With National Preparedness Month (NPM) around the corner in September, CERT’s efforts are exactly what it takes to help Peachtree City residents learn how to be ready. As Chief Clark recommended, another way to prepare is by visiting There you’ll find a Ready kit checklist, the information to include in your family plan and tips on preparing for the different types of disasters that affect your area. While you’re there, check out what Braves’ player Jeff Francoeur keeps in his Ready kit. NPM is also a reminder to prepare your business for a disaster, and offers resources to get started.