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Gov. Deal declares Feb. 6-10 as Severe Weather Awareness Week

From GEMA

Governor Nathan Deal, in cooperation with the Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security (GEMA), the National Weather Service (NWS) and Columbus Emergency Management has proclaimed the week of Feb. 6-10, 2012, as Severe Weather Awareness Week in Georgia.

Georgians should take time throughout the week to prepare for unexpected events, practice emergency response procedures for all types of severe weather, and learn more about those threats. 

Columbus Emergency Management will activate the outdoor weather sirens Wednesday morning as part of the Statewide Tornado Drill.

Last year started off with a snow and ice storm that paralyzed the northern third of the state for several days. In April, Georgia was pummeled by 15 tornadoes that killed 15 people and injured 143 across the state. The most powerful twister to hit Georgia was an EF-4 storm that struck Catoosa County, killing eight and injuring at least 30.

"Although government is here to help, response to fallen trees, downed communication systems or flooded roads may prevent emergency crews from reaching you quickly," says Governor Deal. "However, by taking a few simple steps, you could become your own first responder."

The week's activities will kick-off with Family Preparedness Day on Feb. 6, when every household is encouraged to get a NOAA Weather Radio and program it for their county.

On Wednesday, when tornado safety is emphasized, a statewide tornado drill will be issued by NWS. The week's specific observations are:

 Monday, Feb. 6 – Family Preparedness and NOAA Weather Radio

Tuesday, Feb. 7 – Thunderstorm Safety and The Great American Shakeout Drill (earthquake preparedness)

Wednesday, Feb. 8 – Tornado Safety and Statewide Tornado Drill (issued by NWS) Columbus outdoor weather sirens will be activated

Thursday, Feb. 9 – Lightning Safety

Friday, Feb. 10 – Flood Safety (alternate drill date)

"The benefit of being self-sufficient for three days or longer is that you can survive circumstances that might otherwise end tragically," says GEMA/Homeland Security Director Charley English. "Our research shows that Georgians who take the time to educate themselves on possible threats are twice as likely to be prepared."

To help Georgians prepare for severe weather, GEMA's Ready Georgia – a statewide emergency preparedness campaign – offers tools that residents can use to create an emergency supply kit, develop a communications plan and stay informed about potential threats. 

Ready Georgia's
interactive website, 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.

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