Storm Team 9 gears up for Severe Weather Preparedness Week

Weather preparedness week
Published: Jan. 31, 2015 at 8:19 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 4, 2015 at 4:45 PM EST
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(WTVM) – Georgia's Severe Weather Preparedness Week is kicking off starting on Monday Feb. 2.

During the week all Georgians are encouraged to prepare for unexpected events, practice emergency response procedures for all types of weather and learn more about local threats.

Residents of the Chattahoochee Valley need to be prepared for any type of weather, from tornadoes to ice storms. To get residents ready, the Georgia Emergency Management Agency is urging people to take one or two simple actions each day:

  • Monday Feb. 2 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. 3 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. 4 is "Tornado Safety Day" and it will start with a state wide tornado drill at 9 a.m. You should determine the best place to be during a tornado warning, which would be a basement or small downstairs bathroom or closet.
  • Thursday Feb. 5 is "Lighting Safety Day." You will learn the 30/30 rule. Go indoors if, after seeing lightening, you cannot count to 30 before hearing thunder. Stay indoors 30 minutes after hearing the last clap of thunder.
  • Friday Feb. 6 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."

The days for Alabama's Severe Weather Awareness week are:

  • Monday Feb. 16 - Severe thunderstorms
  • Tuesday Feb. 17 - Lightning
  • Wed. Feb. 18 - Tornadoes
  • Thurs. Feb. 19 - Flooding and flash flooding
  • Fri. Feb. 20 - Receiving weather alerts

For more information on severe weather and how it may impact the valley click on the WTVM Weather tab.

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