Georgia has 2,344 miles of coastline and is the second most southern state on the Atlantic seaboard. It comes in 7th of all the states with regard to the highest number of hurricanes in the US. Twenty-two hurricanes have passed through Georgia since 1851. Of those storms, three were major storms being category 3 or higher (winds between 111-129 mph).
While many hurricanes do not make landfall in Georgia due to its relatively short coastline on the east coast, the ones that pass through have caused heavy flooding and numerous tornadoes. Some of the largest storms were Hurricane David in 1979, Marco in 1990, Alberto in 1994, Dennis in 2005 and Hurricane Irma in 2017.
Georgia has five coastal counties, each one with a dedicated Emergency Management agency (listed below). With so much hurricane activity in the southern Atlantic coast, these EM professionals have a lot of expertise on hand to help keep your whole family (including your pets) safe if a storm is heading your way.
Find your County below and click on Local Emergency Info to go to their website for critical storm preparedness information and alerts in your area. You can also click on Shelter Info (if applicable) to find information and/or locations for Emergency Shelters for your pet.
Description: The Camden County Emergency Management includes a Camden County Hurricane 2023 Guide as well as information on Planning, Preparedness, Knowing Your Zone, Pet Preparation and a Hurricane Registry for those with functional, access or medical needs. They also have a have a sign-up for Camden CodeRed so residents can get emergency notifications and severe weather warnings in real time.Local Emergency Info
Description: The mission statement of the Chatham Emergency Management Agency is to "promote emergency management principles across the whole community." To that end, their website provides a lot of information regarding Hurricane FAQs, Evacuation, Flooding, Preparation, Creating an Emergency Kit, and signing up for CEMA Alerts. They even have a section on Hurricane Prep for Your Trees.Local Emergency Info
Description: The Glynn County Emergency Management website provides valuable information on Hurricane Preparedness, including Evacuation and Surge Maps, Need-A-Ride Evacuation Transportation, Building a Kit and Making a Plan, Re-Entry, as well as what to do After the All-Clear is given.Local Emergency Info
Description: The Liberty County Emergency Management Agency's Facebook page keeps residents up to date on critical information and upcoming events and potential disasters. It has links to the Liberty County Emergency Management Agency's official site, the US National Weather Service Charleston, SC, NOAA Weather Radio Live Streams, plus much more.Local Emergency Info
Description: The McIntosh Local Emergency Management Agency's website is part of the larger Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency site. It has a Plan & Prepare section that includes Praise & Preparedness--a faith-based initiative--and Ready Georgia which explains how to Make an Emergency Plan, Build a Kit, Get Your Business Ready, and Get Kids Ready. There's also a Storms & Disasters section that deals with Alerts & Warnings and Hurricanes and other disasters. Finally, they have sections on Hazard Mitigation and Re-Entry.Local Emergency Info
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