This year Georgia is facing a winter that could pack an extra punch due to El Niño, resulting in colder temperature and wetter than normal months ahead. This means the winter weather hazards we traditionally see, including freezing rain, sleet, ice, snow and low temperatures, could increase in severity.
According to the National Weather Service, cold weather is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. People often die from indirect weather hazards, such as hypothermia from prolonged exposure to cold or automobile accidents due to slick road conditions. For these reasons, Winter Weather Preparedness Week is a great time to learn about these threats and how to prepare.
There are many ways to get ready for winter weather, but the most important step Georgians can take is to stock emergency supplies in their homes, cars and even their workplaces. It’s important to be ready to stay where you are when a winter storm hits. Follow our checklist for the season’s “must have” items and you’ll be on solid footing this winter when snow, ice, sleet or freezing rain rolls in.
Throughout Winter Weather Preparedness Week, the Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security’s Ready Georgia campaign will share additional tips and information that will help you get ready for whatever Old Man Winter has in store for us. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay connected.