(WTVM) - Monday, Feb. 3 kicks off Georgia's Severe Weather Awareness Week.
Each day of the week is dedicated to a different topic that informs the public on severe weather preparedness.
Today, that topic is family preparedness and the importance of a NOAA weather radio.
The first step to being prepared for severe weather is to know the hazards that might affect our area.
We live in a place prone to many different kinds of weather, from snow and ice to thunderstorms, tornadoes, and hurricanes.
Be sure to have a plan for each hazard we might face.
A place where you and your family can meet back up if separated in a disaster is crucial.
Make sure children are aware of what their responsibilities are as well, and if you have pets, make sure to account for them!
A disaster kit including non-perishable food, water, flashlights, batteries, important medicines, and copies of important family documents should be a part of any family's plan.
The best way to get severe weather information is a NOAA weather radio.
The key benefit is that it will wake you up in the middle of the night if there are watches or warnings for your specific area.
For more information on severe weather and how it may impact the valley, head to the WTVM Weather Tab.
There you'll find many helpful links, including a list of dates Storm Team 9 will be holding weather radio programming events around the Chattahoochee Valley.