Jondelle Johnson Freedom Fund Dinner Announced

Atlanta, GA—The Atlanta Branch of the NAACP renamed its Freedom Fund Dinner several years ago to honor Jondelle Johnson, the Branch’s long-time Executive Director. And since the renaming of this annual event, the Jondelle Johnson Freedom Fund Dinner has become one of the most impressive gatherings of VIP’s, corporate representatives, celebrities, and Atlanta’s movers and shakers to be held during this city’s banquet season. This year will be no exception.

The 2014 Jondelle Johnson Freedom Fund Dinner will be held Saturday, September 20, at the Georgia World Congress Center, Georgia Ballroom, in downtown Atlanta at 7:00 p.m. The Honorable William “Bill” and Sharon Campbell, and The Honorable Ambassador Andrew and Carolyn Young, are chairpersons of the gala fundraising event. Our Honorary Chairs are Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard; Atlanta City Mayor Kasim Reed; Council President Ceasar Mitchell; City Council Member, District Five, Natayln Archibong; Attorney BJ Bernstein; and Dr. Cassandra Wanzo. Austen Williams, Mrs. America 2014, and the Stellar Award Winner and Grammy Nominated Gospel personality James Fortune, host of Praise 102.5 FM, will serve as Co-Host for the evening’s program. The price for this event is $125.00 per person and$1,250.00 for a table of ten. Sponsorship and advertisement placement opportunities are available.

This year’s honorees are Dominique Wilkins, Vice President of Atlanta Hawks; Amanda Davis, retired Fox News Anchor; Brenda Woods, WXIA News Anchor; Atlanta Falcon’s Favorite Chuck Smith; Pastor David Kenney, Sr., and Fulton County Sheriff Ted Jackson. Our this year are Bank of America, Fulton County Sheriff’s Department, Radio One; and our Community Partner of the Year award goes to Rick Caffey of V-103 and WAOK.

“The Atlanta Branch of the NAACP operates many relevant programs within our community” says the Reverend Dr. R. L. White, “and we count on the success of this Freedom Fund Dinner to provide the financial resources to carry out these programs. We are pleased to have a dedicated group of Atlanta citizens like the men and women involved in the planning of our 2014 Freedom Fund Dinner.”

For more information about the Freedom Fund Dinner, or the Atlanta Branch of the NAACP, please contact Mary Ross in the branch office at 404-524-0580.

Founded in 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its half-million adult and youth members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities and monitor equal opportunity in the public and private sectors. Officers for the Atlanta Branch of the NAACP include: Reverend Dr. R. L. White, President; Marie Metze, First Vice President; Lindral Rouse, 2nd Vice President; Robert Johnson, 3rd Vice President; Brenda Bell, Secretary; Daryl James, Treasurer.

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Residents Encouraged To ‘Get Your Ready On!’

During National Preparedness Month, the Atlanta-Fulton Emergency Management Agency is urging residents to “Get Your Ready On!” by taking simple steps to prepare for emergencies.

Matthew Kallmyer, Director of the Atlanta-Fulton Emergency Management Agency, says “While preparedness should be a priority every day, we hope residents will take time this month to prepare themselves and their families for emergencies that can arise at any time.”

Ready Kit Cook-Off—To raise awareness of the importance of Ready Kits, residents and partner agencies are invited to submit their delicious #Ready Recipes using only non-perishable ingredients, using manual tools and cooked using safe alternative heat sources available during power outages. Submit recipes to by midnight on Friday, September 19. All recipes will be reviewed and finalists will be demonstrated during the Ready Kit Cook-off on Tuesday, September 30 at 2 p.m. in the Fulton County Government Center Atrium. The event will also include a demonstration of Ready Kit items and recipes that consider a variety of health and dietary needs. Instructions and additional information are available at

Ready Tweet Chat—Got emergency questions? Join @afcema and @fultoninfo for a National Preparedness Month Tweet Chat on Tuesday, September 9 at 1 p.m.

#Ready Seniors—Atlanta-Fulton Emergency Management Agency will help Fulton County seniors prepare for emergencies during four upcoming presentations, kicking off during National Preparedness Month:

* Thursday, September 18, 10 a.m.—H.J.C. Bowden Senior Multipurpose Facility

* Tuesday, September 23, 11 a.m.—Helene S. Mills Senior Multipurpose Facility,

* Thursday, October 9, 11 a.m.—Harriett G. Darnell Senior Multipurpose Facility

* Wednesday, October 15, 10 a.m.—Dorothy C. Benson Senior Multipurpose Complex

Take Steps to Prepare—Residents can easily take steps today to begin their emergency preparations. Get started by:

* Having a Ready Kit with essential items to keep your family survive for the first 72 hours of an emergency

* Making an emergency plan for all household members to help you communicate before, during and after an emergency

* Staying informed about potential emergencies through emergency notifications, and weather radios

* Getting involved in local preparedness organizations, including Citizen Emergency Response Teams (CERT) and other programs.

Register for Code Red—Fulton County residents are urged to stay informed by registering for Code Red emergency notifications by clicking on the Code Red button at

Residents can also get emergency preparedness tips throughout the month by following @afcema and @fultoninfo on Twitter. For more information, log on to the Atlanta-Fulton Emergency Management Agency Ready Fulton website at

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DDS Commissioner Supports Emergency Preparedness Month

In conjunction with September’s National Preparedness Month, Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) Commissioner Rob Mikell reminds customers that protecting vital personal documents from weather related emergencies, accidents and theft should not be overlooked.

“Severe weather emergencies, fire or loss may require DDS’ customers to reconstruct personal information if items are not protected,” said Commissioner Mikell. Since 2012, Federal driver licensing procedures require the presentation of original documents to prove identity, social security and residency for all current and future drivers. “Planning ahead will eliminate unnecessary hurdles in replacing a driver’s license or ID card”. Customers may order a replacement license or ID easily online with specific information about their card.

DDS suggests that the following documentation should be obtained and secured for each family member. Store in a weather/fire-proof container:

1) A photo copy of your current Georgia driver’s license or Georgia identification card. This number will be vital if your license or ID is lost or stolen.

2) An original social security card.

3) Original proof of identity such as an original birth certificate; certificate of birth registration; certified copy of birth certificate, certified copy of court records (adoption or any name change); certified naturalization documentation; immigration ID Card, valid passport or a military identification card issued by the United States armed forces.

4) Customers should verify that each state and federal entity which may utilize personal information (Social Security Administration, banking institutions, Internal Revenue Service, etc.) know you by your full legal name and have your correct date of birth, residence address, etc. on their records as these entities are among those that may be used to verify your identity, residence and citizenship (or lawful presence in the United States).

In addition, Ready Georgia offers valuable information at on how to prepare family, pet and business emergency plans. For complete Georgia driver licensing and testing information, please visit

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