National Preparedness Month kicks off on September 1, and with Hurricane Dorian intensifying, Cobb & Douglas Public Health is urging the community to take time to learn about the risks of natural disasters and how to prepare for an unexpected emergency. The theme this year is “Prepared, Not Scared.”

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), through, has broken this year’s Preparedness Month into four weeks of topics for residents to get involved:

  • Week 1: Sept 1-7 Save early for Disaster Costs
  • Week 2: Sept 8-14   Make a Plan to Prepare for Disasters
  • Week 3: Sept 15-21 Teach Youth to Prepare for Disasters
  • Week 4: Sept 22-30 Get Involved in Your Community’s Preparedness

Additionally, residents can focus on being informed about how and where specific emergencies occur, building supply kits and working with neighbors to make community plans through use of detailed “playbooks” and readiness tips for each of the most common emergencies:

  1. EarthquakesEarthquakes can occur suddenly and be deadly. Most earthquake-related casualties result from collapsing walls, flying glass and falling objects.
  2. FloodsFlooding is the most common natural disaster in the United States and can happen anywhere.
  3. HurricanesHurricanes have the power to cause widespread devastation and can affect both coastal and inland areas.


  1. TornadoesTornadoes are one of nature’s most violent storms, and can cause death, injury and destruction within seconds.
  2. Wild FiresWildfires can occur anywhere and can destroy homes, businesses, infrastructure, natural resources and agriculture.
  3. Winter StormsWinter storms can occur anywhere and bring freezing rain, ice, snow, high winds or a combination of all these conditions. They can cause power outages that last for days or weeks, making it hard to keep warm and making travel very dangerous.

For more information about National Preparedness Month and for detailed information about the most common emergencies and how you can prepare, visit or call 1-800-BE-READY for more information.

About Cobb & Douglas Public Health
Cobb & Douglas Public Health, along with the Georgia Department of Public Health, has been committed to the mission of “Healthier Lives. Healthier Community. since 1920. We are dedicated to improving our residents’ quality of life by tracking and preventing the spread of disease, promoting health and safety, providing exceptional medical services, and ensuring that our community is prepared for public health emergencies. For more information, visit