WCEM Urges Residents To Prepare During Severe Weather Preparedness Week Feb. 5-9

Thursday, February 1, 2018
Severe Weather Preparedness Week is Feb. 5-9.  Tornadoes, thunderstorms, floods and other severe weather events can strike with little to no warning, and Walton County Emergency Management officials say this is the ideal time for residents and their families to prepare for the possibility of a disaster.
Each day during the week will focus on a different severe weather threat faced by Georgians. Whitfield County Emergency Management is encouraging all residents to dedicate time to practicing emergency response procedures and learn how to deal with each potential disaster.

“Severe weather can be unpredictable and extremely dangerous,” said Claude Craig, director of Whitfield County Emergency Management. “By taking steps to prepare before it strikes, you can ensure that you and your family stay safe. I encourage our residents to implement safety measures at home and at work so they will be ready when severe weather strikes.”
Severe Weather Preparedness Week begins with Family Preparedness Day on Feb. 5, when Whitfield County households are encouraged to program their NOAA Weather Radios. All of the following days focus on a different threat and how to prepare.
Monday, Feb. 5 – Family Preparedness/NOAA Weather Radio Day
Tuesday, Feb. 6 – Thunderstorm Safety 
Wednesday, Feb. 7 – Tornado Safety and PrepareAthon! For Tornado Safety
Thursday, Feb. 8 – Lightning Safety 
Friday, Feb. 9 – Flood Safety (alternate PrepareAthon! For Tornado Safety date)
On Wednesday, when tornado safety is emphasized, residents, schools and businesses statewide are encouraged to participate in Ready Georgia’s PrepareAthon! For Tornado Safety, a statewide tornado drill. 
For more information about Severe Weather Preparedness Week and events occurring locally, contact Whitfield County Emergency Management at 706-259-3730 or ema@whitfieldcountyga.com.  

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