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Tornado Safety Day & GA Statewide Tornado Drill

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Georgia’s Severe Weather Preparedness Week continues with the topic being tornado safety. It is crucial for your family to prepare now - before the threat of severe weather occurs. Familiarize yourself with the terms used to identify tornado hazards as well as the county you live in.

A Tornado Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for tornadoes.
A Tornado Warning means a tornado has been spotted by a trained or indicated by radar.
  
Once you know your county name you can track storms via a NOAA weather radio or with Storm Team 9 online and on-air.

Some counties may have outdoor warning sirens that will alert people who are outside to a tornado warning, but these should not be the first way you get your information.

What should you do when a tornado warning is issued for your county?

  • Seek shelter immediately in either a basement or a center hallway, bathroom, or closet on the lowest floor of the house
  • Stay away from windows
  • Bring pillows and blankets to protect your head and body. Put on shoes and grab a form of ID
  • If you’re in a car or mobile home, abandon those for more substantial shelter
  • After a storm passes report any fallen power lines or gas leaks to the utility company immediately

There will be a statewide tornado drill Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 9 a.m. ET. If there is inclement weather the drill will be moved to Friday, Feb. 10. Many schools and businesses will be participating in the drill.

Take this opportunity to make sure your family, students, employees, and congregation know what to do in case of a severe weather threat.

Please visit our Weather Radio page for more on a NOAA weather radios and there you can also find a list of dates Storm Team 9 will be holding weather radio programming events in preparation for the upcoming severe weather season.

For more information on tornadoes click here and for more on preparing for a tornado click here.

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