ALPHARETTA, Ga., Sept. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- In observance of National Preparedness Month, Verizon Wireless is working with Georgia Emergency Management Agency's (GEMA) Ready Georgia campaign throughout September to educate consumers about how best to prepare themselves for emergencies. GEMA and Verizon Wireless leadership announced the collaboration during an event at an Atlanta-area Verizon Wireless store this morning.
"Disasters can strike quickly, and often with no warning, so we all need to take steps now to protect ourselves and families," said Charley English, director of GEMA/Homeland Security. "By acting on Ready Georgia 's message of 'prepare, plan and stay informed,' individuals, families and businesses have the power to become their own first responders during emergency situations. That's the idea behind National Preparedness Month and the activities that Ready Georgia , emergency management agencies across the state, and community partners such as Verizon are organizing this month."
Verizon Wireless encourages residents to have their emergency communications plans in place, offering the following tips:
- Keep wireless phone batteries fully charged – in case local power is lost – well before warnings are issued.
- Have additional charged batteries and car-charger adapters available for back-up power.
- Keep phones, batteries, chargers and other equipment in a dry, accessible location.
- Maintain a family emergency plan that lists emergency contacts. The Ready Georgia mobile app, which will be newly updated in September, features customizable plans, as well as checklists for supplies and localized emergency alerts.
- Limit non-emergency calls to conserve battery power and free-up wireless networks for emergency agencies and operations. Send brief TXT messages rather than voice calls for the same reason.
- Check weather and news reports available on wireless phone applications when commercial power is out.
During the month of September, Georgians can take advantage of a special digital coupon from Verizon Wireless for 25 percent off an accessory that can be utilized during severe weather emergencies, such as a phone charger or battery, by simply texting "ReadyGeorgia" to 22699. To help further spread the word about severe weather preparedness, the company has also enlisted the help of Atlanta Falcons Running Back Jason Snelling, who is starring in a video message urging Georgians to prepare their severe weather "game plans." The message, which will debut this month, will be shared via social media channels.Additionally, on September 7 and 8, customer service representatives at select Verizon Wireless Communications Stores will assist customers to setup their smartphones for severe weather emergencies, offering a tutorial on free apps, such as the Ready Georgia mobile app, to help them get prepared. Georgia Verizon Wireless locations participating in the emergency preparedness consumer education initiative include:
- Verizon Wireless at Buckhead ( Atlanta) - 3275 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 270
- Verizon Wireless at Abercorn (Savannah) - 7805 Abercorn St., Suite 27
- Verizon Wireless at West Macon ( Macon) - 4590 Billy Williamson Drive
- Verizon Wireless at North Columbus ( Columbus) - 6783 Veterans Parkway, Building 3
- Verizon Wireless at Augusta Exchange (Augusta) - 254 Robert C. Daniel Parkway, Suite 104