CEMA holds exercise to prepare for a natural disaster in Savannah

The City of Savannah partnered with Chatham Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) on Wednesday to carry out a disaster relief exercise. 

CEMA set up a Point of Distribution, or a POD, at the Savannah Police Northwest Precinct. Volunteers with the National Guard handed out supplies to residents, such as bottled water and plastic tarps. 

The items represent supplies that may be distributed to the public following a disaster, such as a tropical storm or a hurricane. The exercise was designed to evaluate the community’s ability to pass out emergency supplies within the first 72 hours following a natural disaster. 

Dennis Jones, the Director of CEMA, told News 3 that the last practice exercise was held three years ago, and this is a great way to let the community know that help is within reach. 

“We find different ways of saying the same thing over and over again. This is one of those ways where people can actually come through this point of distribution and get some real-world experience in what kind of resources could be available to them,” said Jones. 

Jones said feedback is vital to this exercise’s success. If you would like to share your comments with the agency, email here. 

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