It’s severe weather preparedness week in Georgia

Published 5:30 pm Thursday, February 7, 2019

It’s Severe Weather Preparedness Week in Georgia, meaning it’s a good time to talk to friends and family about what you’ll do if severe weather strikes.

The National Weather Service has posted a lot of great information this week on its Facebook page, going over things people should think about before severe weather strikes.

The obvious starting point is to make a plan.

Talk to family members about where the safest place in your house for when there’s a tornado warning. Come up with a meeting place, just in case your family gets separated during the storm.

Experts also recommend creating a severe weather kit, just in case a storm damages your property or the power is out. Although first responders will be on the scene, it may be hours or days before help arrives, depending on the severity of the storm.

The kit should include water, non-perishable food, batteries, a flashlight, a first aid kit and other everyday supplies.

Finally, make sure to have a way to get weather updates.

In today’s world, there are more ways than ever to get weather information — television, weather radios, social media, weather apps — so pick the one that works best for you and go from there. It’ll be spring soon, which is when severe weather season starts in the south. Use this week to get ready, just in case.