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Weather drill Wednesday
County aims to help residents prepare for severe weather
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Debris landed on the these cars during severe weather, in this Aug. 8, 2011 file photo. As part of Severe Weather Awareness Week, Bulloch County will conduct a tornado drill sometime today. - photo by SCOTT BRYANT/Herald File

    Sometime today, Bulloch County will conduct a tornado drill in conjunction with statewide efforts to promote weather safety awareness.
    Bulloch County Public safety Director Ted Wynn said several exercises will be conducted by Bulloch County officials as part of the statewide effort to recognize Severe Weather Awareness Week.
    “We will be sending out a transmission via radio to all schools sometime around 10 a.m.,” he said. Also, “I believe they will be testing procedures … for a tornado warning.”
    A “reverse 911 message” will be sent by phone to many Brooklet area residents with a message concerning the weather, he said. In case of an actual weather emergency, similar messages would be sent subscribers across the county.
    Citizens are reminded to be aware this is a drill, he said.  Unless there is inclement weather today, which is not expected, the sirens and other warnings should be reminders for citizens to review proper safety procedures in cases of severe weather.
    “The exact time of the drill is still unknown,” Wynn said. The drill’s being unannounced is part of the plan — there would be no prior warning for a tornado or other storm.
    Wynn suggested several steps to ensure family safety in case of severe weather:
        Build an emergency kit with extra prescription medicine, a first aid kit, emergency nonperishable foods and other health needs.
        Remove dead or rotting trees and branches from around the home.
        Go inside if you cannot count to 30 before hearing thunder after seeing lightning.
        Secure objects that could become flying projectiles in high winds.
        If you cannot get inside a building, get inside a car. If that is not possible, seek shelter in a low area under brush or small trees. Seeking shelter in a ravine or valley can be dangerous in case of flash flooding.
        If outside and you feel your hair rise on your arms or feel electricity in the air, squat down with hands over your ears and make yourself small as possible. Do not lie flat.
    Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

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