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Forsyth County Recognized by the National Weather Service for Storm Preparedness

Forsyth County Recognized by the National Weather Service for Storm Preparedness
County recognized as a StormReady® community   The National Weather Service (NWS) and the Georgia StormReady Advisory Board have recognized Forsyth County as a StormReady® Community, a designation reflecting the county’s high level of severe weather preparedness. Forsyth County was first recognized as StormReady® in 2007.   To be certified as StormReady®, a community must: -           Establish a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center -           Have more than one way to receive severe weather warnings and forecasts and to alert the public -           Create a system that monitors weather conditions locally -           Promote the importance of public readiness through community seminars -      Develop a formal hazardous weather plan, which includes training severe weather spotters and holding emergency ...

September is National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month
Residents encouraged to plan and prepare for emergencies   September is National Preparedness Month and the Forsyth County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) urges residents to take time during throughout the month to plan and prepare for disasters and emergency situations.   “There is never a wrong time to prepare for how you and your family will respond to an emergency situation,” said Forsyth County EMA Director Chris Grimes. “With school back in session and families returning to their routines after the summer break, September is a great opportunity to put an emergency plan in place or review and update emergency procedures.”   The theme for National Preparedness Month 2019 is “Prepared, Not Scared.” Throughout the ...

Forsyth County 911 Center Realigned Under Emergency Management Agency

Forsyth County 911 Center Realigned Under Emergency Management Agency
Effective July 1, 2019, the Forsyth County 911 Center has been realigned under the Forsyth County Emergency Management Agency (EMA). Previously, the 911 Center reported directly to the county manager. “Our goal is to continue to be as efficient as possible for our community,” said EMA Director Chris Grimes. “This realignment helps emergency personnel from all departments and agencies coordinate efforts more effectively.”  911 Center Interim Director Rebecca Russell will serve as deputy director of the 911 Center with a deputy for EMA to be named at a later date. EMA became a stand-alone department within the county’s organizational chart in ...

Forsyth County EMA to Use Warning Tone During Monthly Siren Tests

Forsyth County EMA to Use Warning Tone During Monthly Siren Tests
Beginning in March, Forsyth County will replace the severe weather siren “test tone” with a “warning tone” for all monthly siren tests. Previously, the county’s monthly siren tests, held at noon on the first Wednesday of every month (weather permitting), would feature a test tone while the warning tone was reserved to be used exclusively in the event of an actual tornado warning. “The decision to begin conducting the siren tests with the warning tone instead of the test tone was made to help avoid confusion and to help residents recognize what the alarm signifies should there be an actually tornado warning in the county,” said EMA ...

UPDATE: Forsyth County Postpones Wednesday's Scheduled Tornado Drill & Siren Test

UPDATE: Forsyth County Postpones Wednesday's Scheduled Tornado Drill & Siren Test
UPDATE: The tornado drill and siren test scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 6 has been postponed due to weather conditions.  Although the tornado drill has been postponed, residents are still encouraged to be prepared for severe weather events. The scheduled tornado drill is a part of Severe Weather Preparedness Week. For more information, follow Forsyth County government on Facebook and Twitter. 

Residents Encouraged to Participate in Severe Weather Preparedness Week

Residents Encouraged to Participate in Severe Weather Preparedness Week
Severe Weather Preparedness Week runs Feb. 4 through 8 The Forsyth County Emergency Management Agency, in partnership with the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency, is encouraging all residents to participate in Severe Weather Preparedness Week, Feb. 4-8, to prepare for the possibility of a disaster.   “I urge all of our residents to take this time now to prepare when there are not any severe weather events,” said EMA Director Chris Grimes. “Having a plan in place before any emergency is key and we hope that residents will take this time to create or update their family plans.”   Each day of the week will focus on a different severe weather threat ...

Grimes Named Director of Emergency Management

Grimes Named Director of Emergency Management
Forsyth County Manager Eric Johnson has appointed Chris Grimes to serve as director of emergency management effective Nov. 1. Grimes has been serving as interim director of the department since the Oct. 16 retirement of Fire Chief/Director of Emergency Management Danny Bowman. Grimes has protected Forsyth County for 12 years. He began his tenure with Forsyth County in 2006 as an emergency management clerk. In 2007, Grimes served as school safety manager with the Forsyth County Board of Education before taking on the role of deputy director of emergency management in 2013.  As deputy director, he oversaw all daily operations and ...

Forsyth County EMA to Distribute Weather Alert Radios

Forsyth County EMA to Distribute Weather Alert Radios
Free weather alert radios available for residents throughout September   In conjunction with National Preparedness Month, the Forsyth County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) will be providing opportunities for residents to obtain a free weather alert radio and emergency preparedness information during the month of September.   “The radios will come pre-programmed to alert residents of weather advisories in Forsyth County,” said EMA Deputy Director Chris Grimes. “We were able to obtain the radios through a grant and are hopeful that residents will utilize them in hazardous weather situations.”   The All Hazards NOAA Weather Radios and emergency preparedness information will be distributed in coordination with ...

September is National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month
Residents encouraged to plan and prepare for emergencies September is National Preparedness Month and the Forsyth County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) urges residents to take time during throughout the month to plan and prepare for disasters and emergency situations. “It’s important for any family to take time to take proactive measures in becoming more prepared for emergency situations,” said EMA Director and Fire Chief Danny Bowman. “Having a plan in place along with the needed resources can be vital in any emergency or disaster, so we hope that Forsyth County residents will use this month to update their emergency procedures. All ...

Forsyth County Encourages Residents to Participate in Severe Weather Preparedness Week

Forsyth County Encourages Residents to Participate in Severe Weather Preparedness Week
UPDATE: Due to inclement weather, the statewide tornado drill scheduled for Wednesday, February 7 has been postponed until Friday, February 9 at 9:15 a.m. Severe weather events such as tornadoes, floods and thunderstorms can happen in just moments with the power to devastate communities, homes and families. To help residents prepare for the possibility of a disaster, the Forsyth County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) is encouraging residents to participate in Severe Weather Preparedness Week, which runs from February 5 to 9.  “Taking time to put a family severe weather response plan in place and practicing emergency response procedures could be ...

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