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Emergency Preparedness 2016

Dalton Daily CItizen, Dalton Magazine

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4 Be Prepared — Emergency Guide • Learn what disasters or emergencies may occur in your area. These events can range from those affecting only you and your family, like a home fire or medical emergency, to those affecting your entire community, like an earthquake or flood. • Identify how local authorities will notify you during a disaster and how you will get information, whether through local radio, television or NOAA Weather Radio stations or channels. • Know the difference between different weather alerts such as watches and warnings and what actions to take in each. • Know what actions to take to protect yourself during disasters that may occur in areas where you travel or have moved recently. For example, if you travel to a place where earthquakes are common and you are not familiar with them, make sure you know what to do to protect yourself should one occur. • When a major disaster occurs, your community can change in an instant. Loved ones may be hurt and emergency response is likely to be delayed. Make sure that at least one member of your household is trained in first aid and CPR and knows how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED). This training is useful in many emergency situations. • Share what you have learned with your family, household and neighbors and encourage them to be informed. • Make emergency contact cards for all household members Get your cards online at http://www. redcross.org/prepare/ECCard.pdf. Print one card for each family member. Write the contact information for each household member, such as work, school and cellphone numbers. Fold the card so it fits in your pocket, wallet or purse. Carry the card with you so it is available in the event of a disaster or other emergency. Source: The American Red Cross Ambulance and paramedics Gordon County: (706) 624-9757 Murray County: (706) 695-4564 Whitfield County: (706) 259-3730 Fire department Calhoun: (706) 629-4204 Chatsworth: (706) 695-7600 Cohutta: (706) 694-3330 Dalton: (706) 278-7363 Eton: (706) 695-2652 Gordon County: (706) 629-8851 Murray County: (706) 695-2088 Tunnel Hill: (706) 259-7433 Whitfield County: (706) 259-7433 Police Calhoun: (706) 629-1234 Chatsworth: (706) 695-9666 Cohutta: (706) 694-3330 Dalton: (706) 278-9085 Eton: (706) 695-2652 Tunnel Hill: (706) 673-5535 Varnell: (706) 694-3141 Hospital Gordon County: (706) 602-8200 Hamilton Medical Center: (706) 272-6000 Murray Medical Center: (706) 695-4564 Sheriff Gordon County: (706) 879-5450 Murray County: (706) 695-4592 Whitfield County: (706) 278-1233 State Patrol Gordon County: (706) 624-1484 Murray and Gordon counties: (706) 624-1477 Whitfield County: (706) 272-2200 Poison Control (800) 222-1222 Websites www.ready.ga.gov www.gema.ga.gov www.redcross.org www.giis.org www.noaa.gov www.weather.gov www.ready.gov Important numbers and websites Be informed

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