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There's an App For That!

Developing a family preparedness plan and getting up-to-date emergency information has never been easier thanks to the new CEMA App. With the touch of a finger, users can access the latest weather information, live radar and alerts. The app has... - Read More


The National Hurricane Center provides the general guidance that evacuees should "run from the water and hide from the wind"-- meaning that historically the storm surge is the most deadly threat from a hurricane. - Read More

Functional and Medical Needs Clients Urged to Register with the Health Department

The Chatham County Health Department maintains a Special Needs Registry which consists of residents who may require medical assistance during emergency situations. - Read More


If a disaster or an emergency should hit your area, it's important to make sure you are prepared. We provide tips to follow in case you are faced with a worst-case scenario. - Read More

Siren Map

Chatham County Warning Siren System The Chatham County Warning Siren System is used to notify residents of danger within their community. Once heard, residents should go inside and listen to their radio or television for any advisories for their area.... - Read More

Threat Condition Definitions

The Department of Homeland Security uses a color-coded threat level system to inform public safety officials and the general public about their risk of a terrorist attack. The following information is from the Department of Homeland Security:... - Read More

Public Transportation & Sheltering Guide

In the event of a Mandatory hurricane evacuation, this guide describes the procedures for Chatham County residents with no other means of transportation, to evacuate from harm's way. - Read More

Man-Made Emergency Guide

The purpose of this Guide is to examine our risks and to provide down-to-earth guidance to the general public regarding man-made or technological hazards and how to protect from or react to exposure to these threats. - Read More

Hurricane Planning Guide

This guide provides step-by-step advice on how Chatham County Departments and agencies should create and maintain a comprehensive hurricane preparedness program. It has been compiled from a wide variety of sources that have been adapted to hurricane conditions that could occur in Chatham County. The guide is designed to be used as a descriptive model and in some cases, as a checklist, to assist mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from the effects of a tropical storm or hurricane either threatening or striking Chatham County. - Read More

Family Emergency Preparedness

Families can and do cope with disaster by preparing in advance and working together as a team. Knowing what to do is your best protection and your responsibility. - Read More


The Department of Homeland Security has developed a website to educate Americans about the potential threat of terrorism. READY.GOV has instructions for several ways to make preparations for you and your loved ones. - Read More

School Safety

School safety and emergency planning for schools has moved to the forefront for many school districts and emergency agencies nationwide. Georgia Emergency Management is leading the way in school safety planning and training not only in Georgia but nationwide. CEMA is following that lead on the local level. - Read More

Senior Citizen Hurricane Action Guide

This product is designed with the senior and retiree in mind. Generally speaking, seniors and retirees have the advantage of more discretionary time than most others. - Read More

Hazardous Materials

A hazardous materials accident can occur anywhere. Find out how to protect yourself. - Read More


The historical record of earthquakes in the southeastern United States and Georgia makes it clear that earthquakes and their associated seismic hazards exist. - Read More

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