About 70 percent of the overall budget for the Department of Public Health comes from federal grants. And that federal money has seen significant reductions. From fiscal 2012 to fiscal 2013, across all programs, Public Health lost about $25 million in federal money. And that drop has continued.
Georgia health and emergency officials are using social media to educate the public about preparing for an emergency. The Georgia Department of Public Health and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency plan to host a Twitter chat about emergency preparedness at 3 p.m. Tuesday.