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.

Today is Family Preparedness Day. Whether your household consists of you and a pet or four kids, a grandparent and three pets, I have two simple suggestions to help you prepare:

–          Determine a family meeting place

–          Buy a NOAA weather radio

Family Meeting Place – Your family’s emergency plan should include at least two meeting places: one in your neighborhood and one outside of your neighborhood. The first one is where your family will meeting in the event that you have to evacuate your home due to a fire or another disaster that only affects your house. The other is a meeting place where your family can reconnect following a flood or tornado that affects a larger area.

Buy a NOAA weather radio – If a severe thunderstorm or tornado develops in the middle of the night, how will you know? The best way is to have a NOAA weather radio that can alert you to the threat of severe weather. This purchase could be the best investment you’ll ever make, and it pays off immediately by providing peace of mind that you’ll know when to take shelter. NOAA weather radios are available at grocery stores, discount stores and online retailers. Many models cost approximately $25-$30.