The Center for HOPE was founded by Marcia Atkins in 2011. She's a Level 1 Certified First Responder and disaster preparation advocate.
Marcia comes from a long line of service providers with a special focus on at-risk communities in the southeast. The elderly, early childhood, homeless, and low-income populations are often overlooked by community outreach projects, even though they are frequently hit the hardest by natural disasters.
Her goal is to lay the foundation for a lasting legacy of safety through helping others prepare for the future.
The Center for HOPE was inspired by a series of natural disasters in 2011. Marcia was in Tuscaloosa, Alabama picking up a group of children from school when a destructive F4 tornado touched down. Marcia was deeply troubled by the knowledge that a lack of emergency preparation and resources could have resulted in an even greater loss of life.
That experience inspired Marcia to create the Personal Emergency Topper (P.E.T.), a reflective vest equipped with a crank flashlight and whistle that is designed to help first responders find and effectively treat victims of natural disasters.
While The Center for HOPE's mission of raising awareness and preparedness in advance of emergency situations is global, Marcia also engages in grassroots community outreach throughout the state of Georgia.
HOPE currently serves communities in McDonough, South Metro Atlanta, Clayton, Henry, Rockdale, Spading, and Dekalb Counties. Contact Marcia for more information on booking an emergency preparation workshop for your community or service organization.