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Free Community Preparedness Classes in Cherokee County

CANTON, GA (May 8, 2023) -- Being prepared could save lives and property, and that’s why the Cherokee Office of Emergency Management and Cherokee E 9-1-1 are hosting several free Community Preparedness 101 classes for residents.

The hour-and-a-half long evening classes are geared at how residents can protect their homes and businesses for disasters. The classes will be led by Emergency Management Director Daniel Westbrook, Deputy EMA Director Rebecah Green and E 9-1-1 Director Shane Bonebrake.

“Preparedness is essential when disaster strikes,” Westbrook said. “Most people don’t think about what they need in an emergency until it is too late. Our team in the Public Services Agency wanted to give interested residents the information they need to be ready for severe weather or other disaster situations.”

Emergency Management will address the types of weather threats and hazards citizens in Cherokee County face, as well as a breakdown of those hazards and the history in Cherokee County. They will also teach residents how to prepare for those situations in their homes and businesses, including making a plan, assembling a ready kit, and identifying alert and notification methods of severe weather and other hazards offered by Cherokee County.

E 9-1-1 will give residents a look into how the E 9-1-1 Center works and provide insight into call-taking procedures and what information call takers and dispatchers need to get first responders to the location quicker.

Space is limited, and advanced registration is required.


Thursday, May 25 | 6-7:30 p.m.

Falany Performing Arts Center (Reinhardt University)

7300 Reinhardt College Parkway, Waleska, GA 30183

Limited to 60 people RSVP here: Cherokee County EMA: Community Preparedness 101 (Class 1) (


Wednesday, May 31 | 6-7:30 p.m.

The Chambers at City Center

8534 Main Street, Woodstock, GA 30188

Limited to 100 people RSVP here: Cherokee County EMA: Community Preparedness 101 (Class 2) (


Thursday, June 15 | 6-7:30 p.m.

The Bluffs Business Center Conference Room (Ground Level)

1130 Bluffs Parkway, Canton, GA 30114

Limited to 30 people RSVP here: Cherokee County EMA: Community Preparedness 101 (Class 3) (


Thursday, June 22 | 6-7:30 p.m.

Victory Hall at L.B. Buzz Ahrens Recreation Center

7345 Cumming Highway, Canton, GA 30115

Limited to 100 people RSVP here:

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