Be informed: Hurricane Preparedness Week 2013

Hurricane Preparedness Week

(WTVM) - Hurricane season is just around the corner and officials are urging everyone to prepare in advance.

From May 26 through June 1 the Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security (GEMA) campaign Ready Georgia supports National Hurricane Preparedness Week.

Since we are not a coastal community, many believe that they are exempt from hurricane damage and fail to prepare.

Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Darrell Enfinger explains why it is important to prepare now.

"Typically with hurricanes, you know, we have a couple of days to prepare ourselves so there's no reason not to go ahead and be prepared for hurricanes and the effects of a hurricane," said Enfinger.

Hurricanes have the potential to create many kinds of problems including wind damage, tornadoes, and flooding across Georgia, and yet many Georgians are not prepared. According to research from the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, 69% of Georgians have not thought about where to go or how to evacuate if a hurricane were to hit this summer. Another 71% do not have a NOAA Weather Radio to warn them about advancing threats.

Contact WTVM for more information about how to set up a weather radio.

The Hurricane Preparedness Week website contains educational information about hurricanes. The week began with information about the history of hurricanes on May 26, and will continue with the most dangerous threats and how to prepare.

Monday, May 27: Storm Surge

Tuesday, May 28: High Winds

Wednesday, May 29: Inland Flooding

Thursday, May 30: Hurricane Forecasting

Friday, May 31: Be Prepared

Saturday, June 1: Take Action

Also visit GEMA's Ready Georgia website for more information about how to make a disaster supply kit, develop a communication plan, and stay informed about potential threats. For preparedness on the go, download Ready Georgia's free mobile app.

Children's games and activities can be found on the Ready Kids website.

Households with pets should visit the Prepare Georgia Pets page.

Households with elderly should visit the Prepare Older Georgians page.

Households with disabled family members should visit the Prepare Georgians with Special Needs page.

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