(WTVM) - Monday kicks off Severe Weather Awareness Week in Georgia, and officials say safety is all about being prepared.
This is especially true with tornado season right around the corner.
As part of this week's observation, Georgia Emergency Management Agency's Ready Georgia Campaign is urging people statewide to take some steps toward preparedness each day.
- Monday is Family Preparedness Day, where you should identify family reconnection place and purchase a weather radio. If you bring a weather radio to the station someone from our storm team will be able to program it for you.
- Tuesday is Thunderstorm Safety Day. Check your patio or yard to make sure there is nothing that could blow away during a storm; remove dead or rotting branches from your trees to prevent storm damage.
- Wednesday, Feb. 6 Tornado Safety Drill (NWS) - You are urged to find a safe place in your home where you can take shelter during a tornado.
- Thursday, Feb. 7: Lightning Safety – Learn the 30/30 rule: Go indoors if, after seeing lightning, you cannot count to 30 before hearing thunder. Stay indoors for 30 minutes after hearing the last clap of thunder.
- Friday, Feb. 8 – Flood Safety (alternate drill date) – Make copies of important documents, seal them in a watertight container/bag and add them to your Ready kit.