Georgia has already experienced its first taste of severe weather in 2011 – a snowstorm that affected 70 percent of the state.  With that in our collective memory, the governor and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA)/Homeland Security encourage all Georgians to participate in this year’s Severe Weather Awareness Week, Feb. 7-11, by turning to the state’s Ready Georgia campaign. 
 
“Take time now to prepare for the extreme weather the rest of the year can bring,” said Charley English, director of GEMA/Homeland Security. “Tornadoes, storms and floods can devastate our communities, but devastation can be minimized if we’re prepared.”
 
The week’s activities begin with Family Preparedness Day on Feb. 7, when all Georgia households are encouraged to program their NOAA Weather Radios and create Ready Profiles at www.ready.ga.gov to get a customized checklist of emergency supplies and a tailored family communications plan. 
 
On Wednesday, when tornado safety is emphasized, a statewide tornado drill will be issued by the National Weather Service.  Severe Weather Awareness Week’s specific observations are:
 
Monday, Feb. 7 – Family Preparedness/NOAA Weather Radio Day
Tuesday, Feb. 8 – Thunderstorm Safety
Wednesday, Feb. 9 – Tornado Safety and Statewide Tornado Drill (issued by NWS)
Thursday, Feb. 10 – Lightning Safety
Friday, Feb. 11 – Flood Safety (alternate tornado drill date)

The Town of Lyerly will celebrat "Severe Weather Awareness Day" Saturday, February 12, 2011 at Lyerly Town Hall.  AM 1180 plans to broadcast live from the event from 10 AM until 12 noon.  Be sure to visit the Town of Lyerly on "Severe Weather Awareness Day".