Be prepared for severe weather

Be a Force of Nature: Be Prepared for Severe Weather!

be a force of natureWe have had some crazy weather already this year. This winter has been the 6th coldest winter in Georgia history. We had severe cold fronts with ice and snow followed by severe thunderstorms that brought tornadoes within days. We can only expect to have even more severe spring time weather: thunderstorms and tornados, lets all take a few minutes and make sure that we know what to do to stay safe during these weather events.


Severe Weather Preparedness:

Know your Risk:

  • Each year, people are killed or seriously injured by tornadoes and other types of severe weather, despite advance warning.
  • In May 2013, tornadoes devastated portions of Oklahoma. The Moore, Ok EF5 tornado has an approximated $2 Billion in damages is was the deadliest of the year.
  • Know the difference Watch vs. Warning
  • A watch lets you know that weather conditions are favorable for a hazard to occur. It literally means “be on guard!”
  • A warning requires immediate action. This means a weather hazard is imminent — it is either occurring (a tornado has been spotted, for example) — or it is about to occur. Find safe shelter immediately.

Build a Kit:

  • When you get a warning and you have to take immediate action you have moments to spare.
  • Have key items that are needed to care for your family
  • Emergency medicines, baby items of necessary, food, water, and basic supplies to last at least 72 hours.

Make a Plan:

  • When severe weather strikes, the difference between life and death can be summed up in two words: BE PREPARED
  • Make a plan for your family and practice it so that everyone knows what to do and where to go.
  • Work with others: build a network of your neighbors, friends, relatives, and co-workers who can assist each other during an emergency.

Be an Example:

  • On May 22, 2011 Joplin, Missouri was devastated by a multiple-vortex tornado. Winds exceeding 200 miles an hour tore through the town and caused destruction to schools, a hospital, businesses and homes. 158 people were killed.
  • Many people ignored the warnings that were issued. Sirens sounded. People waited until others responded before taking shelter.
  • Be the role model – People respond when their friends and family members prepare for a storm.
  • Be a role model in your online world as well for severe weather safety. If possible post on social media sites notifying friends of the severe weather.

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