UGA’s Office of Emergency Preparedness will observe National Preparedness Month in September with events and expert speakers to remind the university community how to be ready if disaster strikes.
National Preparedness Month is promoted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The Office of Emergency Preparedness, which provides comprehensive emergency preparedness, homeland security programs and services to the university community, is hosting preparedness month events for a 10th year.
This year the office will host a presentation about the use of social media in terrorism recruitment. Two government intelligence analysts will discuss social media as a terrorist recruitment tool, how a person transforms from a patriotic citizen to become a terrorist and patterns in the use of social media related to terrorist organizations.
This presentation will be held Sept. 11 from 1:30-3 p.m. in the Chapel.
The Office of Emergency Preparedness also will host its annual Resource Fair at the Tate Student Center Sept. 11 from 10 a.m. to noon. The event will include representatives from the UGA Police Department, the American Red Cross, the UGA chapter of the American Meteorological Society, the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, the local public health office, the National EMS, Athens-Clarke County Emergency Management, the University Health Center, the Office of Information Security as well the College of Public Health and College of Pharmacy.
On Sept. 24 at 10:45 a.m., the Office of Emergency Preparedness will test the UGAAlert system. In advance of the test, faculty, students and staff are encouraged to verify and update their notification information at www.ugaalert.uga.edu.