COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Georgia's Severe Weather Preparedness Week begins Monday.
During the week all Georgians are encouraged to learn more about local threats, prepare for unexpected events, and practice emergency response procedures for all types of weather.
Residents of the Chattahoochee Valley need to be prepared for any type of weather, from tornadoes to ice storms.
To get residents ready, Storm Team 9, the Georgia Emergency Management Agency and Peachtree's NWS office are urging people to take one or two simple actions each day. Storm Team 9 will also discuss each day's topic on-air and online.
- Monday Feb.5 is Family Preparedness/NOAA Weather Radio Day, where you should choose a family member that is out of state to be a "check-in" contact for all family members to call if separated. Also, if you purchase a NOAA Weather Radio and bring it to the station, a member of Storm Team 9 will program it for you.
- Tuesday, Feb. 6 marks Thunderstorm Safety Day where you can learn the difference between a thunderstorm watch and a thunderstorm warning. Also you can check your yard and patio for any objects that could blow away or cause storm damage.
- Wednesday Feb. 7 is Tornado Safety Day and there will be a scheduled state wide tornado drill for 9 a.m. Wednesday. Take this time to practice seeking shelter in case of a tornado. The best place to be during a tornado warning is a basement or small downstairs bathroom or closet.
- Thursday Feb. 8 is Lighting Safety Day. You will learn the 30/30 rule. Go indoors if, after seeing lightning, you cannot count to 30 before hearing thunder. Stay indoors 30 minutes after hearing the last clap of thunder.
- Friday Feb. 9 is Flood Safety Day and you should make copies of important documents, seal them in a watertight container or bag and add them to your "Ready Kit."
For more information on severe weather and safety tips tune in to News Leader 9 each day next week on-air or online.
You can also find more on the weather that impacts the valley click on the WTVM Weather tab.