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Severe Weather Awareness Week now underway
Activities aimed at helping Georgians stay prepared
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Severe Weather Awareness Week kicked off Monday in Georgia.

It is a time when residents are encouraged to set aside a few minutes each day to prepare for unexpected events, practice emergency response procedures for all types of weather and learn more about local threats.

With last week’s snowstorm and the recent record-breaking cold temperatures highlighting the effects of severe weather, representatives of Georgia Emergency Management Agency’s Ready Georgia campaign say there is no better time to learn how to protect yourself and your loved ones in the event of a disaster.

The activities began Monday with Family Preparedness Day, when all Georgia households are encouraged to program their NOAA Weather Radios and create a family communications plan. On Wednesday, when tornado safety is emphasized, citizens are encouraged to participate in a statewide tornado drill at 9 a.m.

“If the weather last week is any indication of the weather extremes you can expect, you need to get your family and business prepared now,” said Ted Wynn, Bulloch County’s emergency management director.

For Family Preparedness Day, Wynn suggests “you do 3 things: get a kit, make a plan and be informed. It’s that simple.”

Besides Monday and Wednesday, Severe Weather Awareness Week’s specific observations are:

  Today – Thunderstorm Safety
      Thursday – Lightning Safety
      Friday – Flood Safety (alternate tornado drill date)

To help Georgians prepare for severe weather, Ready Georgia offers tools that residents can use to create an emergency supply kit, develop a communications plan and stay informed about potential threats. An interactive website, http://www.ready.ga.gov, provides detailed information on Georgia-specific emergency preparedness and allows users to create a personal profile and receive a customized checklist and family communications plan. Employers can use the Ready Your Business guide, at http://www.ready.ga.gov/Your-Business, to create custom contingency plans, and children can visit the ReadyKids page, at http://www.ready.ga.gov/ReadyKids, for age-appropriate information, videos and games. For preparedness on the go, families can also download Ready Georgia’s free mobile app at www.ready.ga.gov/mobileapp.

For more information on how to prepare for severe weather, visit www.ready.ga.gov or contact the Bulloch County Emergency Management Agency at (912) 489-1661 or like the agency on Facebook at Bulloch County Public Safety/EMA.

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