This year has already seen plenty of severe weather, from the recent devastating EF5 Oklahoma tornado, to the deadly January tornadoes a little closer to home in north Georgia, to the line of severe storms bringing damage to Newton County. Now hurricane season is upon us, and as a meteorologist, I am working daily to keep Georgians safe from severe weather by keeping a close watch on any potential threats to our state. A hurricane does not have to make landfall in Georgia to bring deadly storm surge, high winds, tornadoes and inland flooding. These hazards can affect you even if you live as far from the coast as metro Atlanta.
Sometimes, severe weather develops quickly, leaving little time to gather vital supplies. The best way to keep your family safe when severe weather hits is to prepare in advance. I recommend three important steps to be ready:
1) Prepare by creating a Ready kit. This includes all of the supplies you would need to survive on your own for three days following an emergency. Non-perishable food, water, a first aid kit, a flashlight, extra batteries and a NOAA weather radio are a few of the items you should include in your Ready kit.
2) Plan by creating a Ready profile. You’ll get emergency preparedness information customized just for you, including items you may need following an emergency, and a communications plan to help you reconnect with loved ones if you are separated.
3) Stay informed. A NOAA weather radio is one of the best ways to stay informed about imminent threats in your area. They can be purchased online, at most electronics stores, or you can sign up now to win one…
To help you and your family be ready, WSB has partnered with Ready Georgia to give away 100 Midland NOAA Weather Radios. To enter, just create a customized Ready profile between now and July 15 and you’ll be in the drawing to win!
Don’t wait until the storm is here – make “someday” today and prepare now.