October is National Fire Safety Month

October is National Fire Safety Month and everyone is encouraged to promote fire safety with these best practices.

  • Ensure that your smoke alarms are working properly by performing monthly tests and replacing batteries at least once per year.
  • Create a fire escape plan and practice home fire drills twice a year.
  • Teach children about fire safety.
  • Have a fire extinguisher available in case of emergency.
  • Keep flammable materials in a safe area.
  • Be alert in the kitchen.
  • Blow out candles and store matches in a safe area, out of children’s reach.
  • Do not over plug electrical outlets.
  • Make digital copies of important documents.

In the event of a fire emergency, evacuate immediately, stay away from the area, and call 9-1-1 for help.

Give the Gift of Life! Red Cross Blood Drive

More than 15,000 children in the United States are diagnosed with cancer each year. Each day, approximately 40 families will hear the words “your child has cancer.”

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and the American Red Cross encourages all eligible donors of all blood types to give blood to support children battling cancer, patients with sickle cell disease and others facing serious illnesses.

During chemotherapy, surgery or other complications, childhood cancer patients may need blood transfusions as a consistent part of their treatment.

Please Join the Fight

On Tuesday, September 24, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., DOAS will host a Floyd Towers Blood Drive in Conference Room 1816 A/B. Please visit www.redcrossblood.org to schedule an appointment to give blood at the Floyd Towers Blood Drive. Enter sponsor code: flotow

Georgia Ranks Fourth as the Friendliest State for Small Business Owners

On Tuesday, August 6, Governor Brian P. Kemp announced that Thumbtack, a website and app that finds local professionals for projects, announced its 8th annual 2019 Small Business Friendliness Survey.Over 5,000 local small business owners in 49 states and 44 cities were surveyed to evaluate the quality of support entrepreneurs receive from state and local governments in starting, operating, and growing a small business. Ranking qualifications were based on licensing requirements, tax regulations, and labor and hiring regulations. This year, Georgia was awarded an A+ ranking, placing fourth in the survey of small business friendliness in forty-nine (49) states.

“Building on our success as the top state for business, I am proud to see Georgia receive top marks for our small business climate,” said Governor Kemp.

For more details about the report and full set of results for Georgia, visit Thumbtack.com/GA.

Highlights from Georgia’s Score

▪ Overall friendliness: A+
▪ Ease of starting a business: A+
▪ Regulations: A+
▪ Employment, labor, and hiring: A+
▪ Tax code: A+
▪ Licensing: A+
▪ Government websites: A+