Entries by Tim Pengelly

Lightning Myths

In spite of how common lightning is in Georgia, it’s sometimes difficult to keep our lightning facts straight. Do you go under cover or lie flat on the ground? Can lightning strike you on the phone? And how do you know when it’s time to go indoors? There are a lot of myths about lightning, […]

Identify Your Safe Place on Tornado Safety Day

In spring 2011, a series of tornadoes struck Georgia, killing 15 people and injuring 143 across the state. In March 2012, the state was pummeled by eight tornadoes resulting in $12.6 million in property damage. And when more than 50 tornadoes wreaked havoc statewide in 2009, Georgia landed in the top five states nationwide for […]

Today’s Assignment: Thunderstorm Safety

When you see the dark, ominous clouds typical of a thunderstorm blowing in, do you know what to do? Thunderstorms are so common that many Georgians don’t take warnings seriously enough and don’t realize the damage that can ensue. We all know that thunder can’t actually hurt you. But think of the booming noise as […]

Severe Weather Awareness Week Kicks Off Today

Are you weather aware? If not, now is the time. Governor Nathan Deal has declared Feb. 4-8 as Severe Weather Awareness Week in Georgia. Each day this week, Ready Georgia will encourage you to take one or two simple steps that will make sure you are ready to weather whatever Mother Nature throws at us. […]

It’s Not Too Late to Get Ready for Flu Season

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 29 states, including Georgia, are reporting high levels of influenza. Although the CDC warns that it is difficult to predict the timing of peak flu season, it is likely that this widespread activity could continue for up to 12 more weeks. That means there is […]

Resolve to Simply Be Ready in 2013

It’s hard to believe that 2013 is already here. As many of us are deciding on resolutions we’d like to make for the New Year, I encourage you to add emergency preparedness to your list. Other resolutions may seem more pressing – losing weight, starting an exercise routine, reducing your stress – but making the […]

Preparing is the Best Resolution for Georgia’s Hispanic Community

Santiago Marquez, Vice President and COO of the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, encourages Georgia’s Hispanic community to get prepared in 2013. He also encourages Georgia’s growing Hispanic entrepreneurial community to prepare a business continuity plan. Click the first podcast below to listen in Spanish and the second to listen in English. In addition, you can […]

Memorable Moments of 2012

There are only a few weeks left in 2012, and we’re happy to report that many Georgians are more prepared for emergencies than they were at the beginning of the year. Our survey results show that nearly three quarters of residents are at least somewhat prepared for a large-scale disaster. In the past 50 weeks, […]