Severe Weather Preparedness Week observed this week

Published 5:46 pm Monday, February 4, 2019

The Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency is encouraging Georgians to become proactive about preparing for severe weather by participating in Severe Weather Preparedness Week, according to a press release from GEMA and HS.

“This state has an unpredictable history when comes to severe weather,” said GEMA/HS director Homer Bryson. “Whether it’s hurricanes, tornadoes or severe thunderstorms, Georgians need to be sure of one thing … that they’re prepared for any disaster.”

Spring is typically the time where the threat of tornadoes, damaging winds, large hail and frequent lightning from severe storms is at its highest across Georgia, according to the press release. Residents should take advantage of Severe Weather Preparedness Week to review their family’s emergency procedures and prepare for weather-related hazards.

Tuesday, Feb. 5 – Thunderstorm Safety: Learn the difference between severe weather “Watches” and “Warnings.”

Wednesday, Feb. 6 – Tornado Safety: Determine in advance where you will take shelter in case of a tornado warning.

Thursday, Feb. 7 – Lightning Safety: Learn the 30/30 rule. If after seeing lightning, you cannot count to 30 before hearing thunder, go indoors. Stay indoors for 30 minutes after hearing the last clap of thunder.

Friday, Feb. 8 – Flood Safety: Copy important documents, seal them in a watertight container and add them to your Ready kit.

To help Georgians prepare for severe weather, GEMA/HS’s Ready Georgia campaign offers resources and information residents can use to be informed about potential threats, develop a communications plan and create an emergency supply kit. An interactive website and mobile app provides detailed information on Georgia-specific emergency preparedness. Users can create a personal profile and receive a customized checklist and family communications plan. Employers can use the Ready Your Business guide to create custom contingency plans.

The county’s emergency management agency also has information and tips to help residents stay prepared, according to the press release.