(WTVM) - 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. 7 at 9 a.m. ET.
- If there is inclement weather the drill will be moved to Friday, Feb. 9.
- 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.