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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

Nursing Home Evacuation Guide

A fundamental responsibility of government is to provide for the safety and welfare of its citizens. One of the most fragile and dearest components of our society are the residents of our nursing homes, assisted care facilities, and hospices. While these facilities are regulated by a variety of agencies and organizations, the following information is not intended to limit or exclude procedures that a facility needs to satisfy other requirements, or to address other arrangements that have been made for emergency preparedness. - 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

Storm Surge: What it Means

2011 Chatham County GA (Savannah) Storm Surge Map - 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

Storm Ready Community

Chatham County is Storm Ready! - 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

Hospice Planning Guide

The information in this guide is to be used when developing Emergency Management Plans for all hospices. These criteria also serve as the format for the plan since they satisfy basic contingency requirements. They are not intended to limit or exclude additional information that a hospice needs to satisfy other requirements, or to address other arrangements that have been made for emergency preparedness. - 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


All about tornadoes, including what to do during a watch or warning. - 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

Siren Program

Conditions of warnings and sound samples. - 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


The links below will take you to pages with more detailed information on hurricane development and preparedness:... - Read More

Hazardous Materials

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

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