GET READY FOR TORNADOES BY PARTICIPATING IN THE 2016 PREPAREATHON! FOR TORNADO SAFETY
Statewide drill set for Nov. 2 emphasizes tornado preparedness
(ATLANTA) – Even though the fall and winter months are a welcome relief from high temperatures for the state of Georgia, this time of year can also bring the possibility of severe weather, including tornadoes. According to the National Weather Service, there were 24 tornadoes recorded in the state of Georgia in 2015, nine of which occurred in November.
In order to increase preparedness throughout all four seasons, the Georgia Emergency Management & Homeland Security Agency’s Ready Georgia campaign announced today the 2016 PrepareAthon! for Tornado Safety will launchacross the state on Wednesday, Nov. 2. Ready Georgia’s PrepareAthon! for Tornado Safety is part of a national, grassroots campaign designed to increase individual and community preparedness and resilience through hazard-specific drills, group discussions and exercises throughout the year. It is based on extensive research that shows many Americans are unprepared for emergencies, despite many severe weather-related disasters that have devastated communities.
To participate in Ready Georgia’s PrepareAthon! for Tornado Safety:
- Before Nov. 2, identify the place where your family/students/employees would take shelter during a tornado. Let them know that you will hold a tornado drill and provide information about the steps they should take during the drill.
- On Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 9 a.m., the National Weather Service (NWS) will issue its Required Weekly Test (RWT) on NOAA Weather Radio to simulate the tornado warning. At this time, family members/students/employees should move to the predetermined safe place. The NWS will not issue an actual tornado watch or warning, nor will radio and television stations activate the Emergency Alert System unless there is an actual severe weather event.
- Once everyone has adequately exercised sheltering procedures, the drill is concluded. Review the exercise with your family/school/business and identify any changes that need to be made to sheltering procedures.
Preparation is important for all Georgia residents, and the Ready Georgia website provides valuable information needed to be informed about potential threats, develop a tailored communications plan and create a Ready kit with disaster supplies. For preparedness on the go, download Ready Georgia’s free mobile app, which turns your iPhone or Android smartphone into an invaluable preparedness tool by providing mobile access to emergency contact information, a list of Ready kit supplies and even local shelter locations in the wake of a disaster.
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As part of the Office of the Governor, GEMHSA works with local, state and federal governments, in partnership with the private sector and faith-based community, to protect life and property against man-made and natural emergencies. In addition, GEMHSA employees are on 24-hour call statewide to assist local authorities when disaster strikes.
About Ready Georgia
Ready Georgia is a statewide campaign designed to educate and empower Georgians to prepare for and respond to natural disasters, pandemic outbreaks, potential terrorist attacks and other large-scale emergencies. The campaign is a project of the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency and provides a local dimension to Ready America, a broader national campaign. Ready Georgia aims to prepare citizens for maintaining self-sufficiency for at least 72 hours following an emergency, and uses an interactive website, free mobile app, broadcast and print advertising and public awareness media messaging to reach its audiences.