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Y'all Ready For THIS? Episode 15: Smart Sea Level Sensors

Georgia Tech and CEMA join forces to discuss the Smart Sea Level Sensors Project. Coastal flooding represents a growing threat to the City of Savannah and areas throughout Chatham County. The Smart Sea Level Sensors project is a partnership between CEMA officials, City of Savannah officials, and Georgia Tech scientists and engineers who are working together to install a network of internet-enabled sea level sensors across Chatham County. The real-time data on coastal flooding will be used for emergency planning and response.

Y'all Ready For THIS? Episode 14: Volunteering in Chatham County

United Way of the Coastal Empire's Volunteer Director, Laurie Humphries, joins us for an in-depth discussion of the Volunteer Department's online database and how YOU can get involved in National Volunteer Month! Tune in and learn how you can help now AND after a disaster in Chatham County!

Y'all Ready For THIS? Episode 13: When Disaster Strikes, Volunteer!

Did you know that there are agencies within Chatham County and the state whose sole purpose is to organize voluntary disaster relief? Organizations like the Georgia VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) and CEDRC (Coastal Empire Disaster Recovery Committee) are here to provide services and help make our community whole after a disaster. Take a few minutes today to learn about how YOU can be part of the solution after a disaster!

Y'all Ready For THIS? Episode 12: Stop, Operate, and Listen- Part 2

CEMA's Assistant Director, Randall Mathews and Operations Specialist Aaron Thompson join to discuss the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) positions. What roles are filled in an EOC and who staffs them? Tune in to find out!

Y'all Ready For THIS? Episode 11: Stop, Operate, and Listen- Part 1

CEMA's Director, Dennis Jones, serves as the Subject Matter Expert in this week's episode and discusses the role of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in Chatham County. Tune in to learn all things EOC in part one of this two part series.

Y'all Ready For THIS? Episode 10: Red Cross Ready

CEMA's Chelsea Sawyer converses with the American Red Cross Disaster Program Manager, Kelsey VanEyl-Godin, and CEMA's intern, Tyler Haithcock about all things Red Cross, preparedness and response. Learn what is takes to be "Red Cross Ready" and how you can join in on the fun in our upcoming virtual training opportunity!

Y'all Ready For THIS? Episode 9: Prepare Your Pets!

CEMA and the Humane Society for Greater Savannah joined together in this episode to discuss how to prepare your furry family members for emergencies or disasters. Yes, even your pets should be included in your emergency plans. Take the first step and listen in to see how you can ensure your ENTIRE family is ready for anything.

Y'all Ready For THIS? Episode 8: No Power, Now What?

In this episode, CEMA's Chelsea Sawyer and Taylor Sanchez meet with Georgia Power's Hollis Rish to discuss power outages caused by severe weather in Chatham County. Ever want to know what Georgia Power does to prepare for weather related outages and how they prioritize restoration? Join us and find out!

Y'all Ready For THIS? Episode 7: Disasters Don't Discriminate

This week, CEMA's Chelsea Sawyer is joined by staff from LIFE, Inc- Living Independently For Everyone to discuss how those with Functional and Access needs can better prepare for severe weather, like tornadoes. As we have all seen over the last year, disasters don't discriminate and everyone should take time to prepare!

Y'all Ready For THIS? Episode 6: Watches and Warnings and Sirens, Oh My!

Severe weather, like tornadoes, are a known threat in Chatham County. Over the last several years, we have seen our fair share of them. In this week's episode, Chelsea Sawyer and Aaron Thompson interview CEMA Director Dennis Jones on all things tornado preparedness and Chatham County's Outdoor Warning System.

Y'all Ready For THIS? Episode 5: Spotting the Storm

Join CEMA's Chelsea Sawyer and Taylor Sanchez in a conversation with Ron Morales of the National Weather Service in Charleston, SC to discuss the Skywarn Storm Spotter Training Program and how YOU can help your community during severe weather. Many do not realize that local residents can play a vital role in National Weather Service warnings by providing "ground truth" during severe weather. Listen and learn with NWS and CEMA today!

Episode 4: What is a VISTA?

Join CEMA's Chelsea Sawyer in a blast from the past with two former CEMA contract employees from the VISTA- Volunteers in Service to America- program! Through a partnership with Step Up Savannah, CEMA was able to work with VISTA to find two spectacular individuals to help with community outreach and disaster recovery. Hear about their stories and also learn about how you may be able to follow in their footsteps in 2021.

Episode 3: Risk Reduction in Your Home

CEMA's Chelsea Sawyer is joined by Chatham County Public Information Office's Abby Murphy and Chatham County's Safety Training Manager, Leigh Herald, in a discussion about hazards within your home. Learn about the most common hazards and how you can avoid them to ensure you and your family are safe! 2021 is already off to a rocky start, let's make it the best we can by being as safe as possible in our homes!

Episode 2: Avoid a Financial Disaster

Join CEMA's Chelsea Sawyer and Stephanie Cox in a conversation with Consumer Credit Counseling Service's Kathryn Hubbard on Financial Preparedness! If you or a family member were in a car accident, were victims in a house fire, lost your job or were devastated by a natural disaster, would you be able to continue paying your regular bills? Learn from a local financial expert on how you can prepare yourself for financial security in 2021!


Episode 1: Emergency Management 101

Chatham Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) has a brand new podcast. Join CEMA's Outreach Coordinator Chelsea Sawyer in a weekly adventure to learn about all things emergency management and emergency preparedness. In this inaugural episode, Chelsea is joined by CEMA's Director, Dennis Jones and CEMA's Assistant Director, Randall Mathews to discuss why Emergency Management is necessary and what the agency does for the community.

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