Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Emergency preparedness starts at home

By Command Sgt. Maj. James Nelson, Jr.
Georgia Department of Defense
Published by the Marietta Patch
April 12, 2011

Despite the novelty and confusion of the winter storm that hit Georgia earlier this year, the National Guard lived up to its creed: Always ready, always there.

At the direction of GEMA, and while much of the state was frozen in its tracks, soldiers and airmen of the Georgia National Guard provided critical support to the Atlanta and North Georgia regions most impacted by the storm. This storm was an excellent example of how important emergency preparedness really is.

Due to the Guard’s readiness, we were able to quickly deploy humvees from several locations to transport staff members for two major hospitals. We were also able to provide humvees and drivers to assist Georgia State Patrol officers in their duties.