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Chatham County's PrepareAthon Week 2017 is HERE!

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Today is the official kickoff of Chatham County's Hurricane PrepareAthon Week! All week long, we will focus on daily tasks to help our residents become disaster ready.  


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Are you aware of the communication tools available to ensure the safety of your family? Today, residents are encouraged to learn about these potentially lifesaving alert systems!
Here are some communication tools that you can utilize to stay informed before, during and after a disaster or emergency in Chatham County!

  • Text Messages Alerts: CEMA regularly sends text message alerts about local emergencies including impending storms, potential flooding, heat warning and road closures. To get important updates via text message text 'FOLLOW CHATHAMEMA' to 40404. You will be automatically added to the SMS notification list, powered by Twitter. Standard text messaging rates apply.
  • Social Media: We live in a very technology based society! Many residents now look to sites such as Facebook to receive news updates. CEMA is active on social media sites including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. 
  • Community Notification System: CEMA encourages everyone who lives, works and visits Savannah and Chatham County to sign up to receive emergency and community notifications on their cells phones through the Community Notification System (CNS). This free service is designed to make phone calls to specific areas in the event of an evacuation. By registering your cell phone to your home and/or work address, you will receive notifications when an evacuation order is called for your area. All listed landline phone numbers have already been programmed into the system. Register online by clicking the phone icon in the top right corner of the screen or call the PrepareAthon Telethon on Friday, August 4th. The Telethon number is 912-644-8899.
  • Emergency Weather Phone App: There are several emergency weather applications that you can download onto your smartphone to alert you when severe weather is approaching our area. For example, some phone apps include WTOC First Alert Radar, WSAV Storm Team 3, The American Red Cross Emergency App, NOAA Weather Radar and many more. Each of these apps will assist you in staying informed during an emergency. 
  • NOAA Weather Radio: For residents without smart phones, weather radios are encouraged! National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radios broadcast continuous weather information directly from the nearest National Weather Service office. NWR broadcasts official Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
CEMA has partnered with FEMA, WTOC, WTKS, the United Way of the Coastal Empire, The American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, Savannah Heritage Emergency Response and the Humane Society for Greater Savannah to make PreapareAthon possible.  

Here's what you can expect for the remainder of the week:
  • Tuesday, August 1 - Preparedness Kit Day
  • Wednesday, August 2 - Insurance Review Day
  • Thursday, August 3 - Evacuation Planning Day
  • Friday, August 4 - Business Preparation Day and the PrepareAthon Telethon Day! The PrepareAthon Telethon is from 6AM to 8PM; people can call and register for the County's Community Notification System. CEMA staff and volunteers will be in CEMA's Emergency Operations Center to take calls from residents to help them register or update their information in our Community Notification System. The Telethon number is 912-644-8899.
About America's PrepareAthon!
America's PrepareAthon! is a grassroots campaign for action from FEMA to get people better prepared for emergencies by conducting hazard-specific group discussions, drills, and exercises. Throughout the year, America's PrepareAthon! helps communities and individuals across the country practice preparedness actions before a disaster or emergency strikes.

Last Updated: August 21, 2017 10:16 AM

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Be Notified by Phone in an Emergency

CEMA encourages everyone who lives, works and plays in Savannah and Chatham County to sign up to receive emergency and community notifications on their cells phones. Click here to get started or send a text message to Swift911.


Get Updates via Text Message

Text 'FOLLOW CHATHAMEMA' to 40404 to be added to the SMS notification list, powered by Twitter. Standard text messaging rates apply.


The Chatham County Siren System

The Chatham Emergency Management Agency conducts monthly tests of our emergency warning sirens on the first Wednesday of each month at 12 noon. If you hear a siren at any other time, it means take cover! Read more about our warning siren program.