Governor Nathan Deal, in cooperation with the Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security, the National Weather Service and Georgia’s local emergency management agencies has proclaimed the week of Feb. 6-10, 2012, as Severe Weather Awareness Week in Georgia. Georgians should take time throughout the week to prepare for unexpected events, practice emergency response procedures for all types of severe weather, and learn more about those threats.

    The week’s activities will kick-off with Family Preparedness Day on Feb. 6, when every household is encouraged to get a NOAA Weather Radio and program it for their county. On Wednesday, when tornado safety is emphasized, a statewide tornado drill will be issued by NWS. The week’s specific observations are:
  • Monday, Feb. 6 – Family Preparedness and NOAA Weather Radio
  • Tuesday, Feb. 7 – Thunderstorm Safety
  • Wednesday, Feb. 8 – Tornado Safety and Statewide Tornado Drill (issued by NWS)
  • Thursday, Feb. 9 – Lightning Safety
  • Friday, Feb. 10 – Flood Safety (alternate drill date)

`The benefit of being self-sufficient for three days or longer is that you can survive circumstances that might otherwise end tragically, says GEMA/Homeland Security Director Charley English. Our research shows that Georgians who take the time to educate themselves on possible threats are twice as likely to be prepared.`

To help Georgians prepare for severe weather, GEMA’s Ready Georgia – a statewide emergency preparedness campaign – offers tools that residents can use to create an emergency supply kit, develop a communications plan and stay informed about potential threats. Ready Georgia’s interactive website, www.ready.ga.gov, provides detailed information on Georgia-specific emergency preparedness and allows users to create a personal profile and receive a customized checklist and family communications plan. Employers can use the Ready Your Business guide to create custom contingency plans, and children can visit the ReadyKids page for age-appropriate information, videos and games. For preparedness on the go, families can also download Ready Georgia’s free mobile app to learn how to prepare for emergencies, create family communications plans and more.