GEMA says it is swine flu ready

ATLANTA - Georgia Emergency Management Agency has already launched a site where Georgians can go to learn to get ready for this type of pandemic-Ready Georgia

Anyone in the state can visit the campaign's Web site ( for more information on preparing, planning and staying informed.  And now is the time to do it before it strikes Georgia, so let's not delay in helping our community prepare.  Here's some info you might want to share with your viewers, and obviously, I'm happy to set up interviews with GEMA or Public Health.

Plan for a Pandemic Outbreak

  • Get a kit of emergency supplies.
  • Plan for the possibility that usual services may be disrupted. These could include services provided by hospitals and other health care facilities, banks, stores, restaurants, government offices, and post offices.
  • Consider how to care for people with special needs in case the services they rely on are not available.
  • Adopt business/school practices that encourage sick employees/students to stay home and anticipate how to function with a significant portion of the workforce/school population absent due to illness or caring for ill family members.
  • Practice good health habits, including eating a balanced diet, exercising daily and getting sufficient rest. In addition, take common-sense steps to stop the spread of germs including frequent hand washing, covering coughs and sneezes and staying away from others as much as possible when you are sick.

Stay Informed

  • Reliable, accurate and timely information is available at
  • Another source for information on pandemic influenza is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Hotline at: 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636). This line is available in English and Spanish, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. TTY: 1-888-232-6348. Questions can be e-mailed to
  • Listen to local and national radio, watch news reports on television and read your newspaper and other sources of printed and Web-based information.
  • Talk to your local health care providers and public health officials. More information on Georgia's local planning for Pandemic Influenza can be found here.

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