Governor, GEMA Encourage Georgians to Get Ready During Winter Weather Preparedness Week
Event spotlights a different educational topic each day during the first week of December
(ATLANTA) – Governor Nathan Deal has proclaimed the week of December 1-5 as Winter Weather Preparedness Week. During this week, Georgians are encouraged to prepare for severe winter weather by stocking supplies, making a plan and learning about the different types of winter weather.
“By making a winter weather plan and staying informed, all Georgians can do their part to stay safe as the temperature in our state drops,” said Governor Nathan Deal. “During Winter Weather Preparedness Week, an initiative of the Severe Winter Weather Warning and Preparedness Task Force, our citizens will be provided with information to help equip their families and homes with the tools necessary to prevent dangerous winter weather situations before they happen.”
Winter Weather Preparedness Week focuses on a different preparedness topic each day. The Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security’s (GEMA) Ready Georgia campaign is urging residents to learn about different ways to prepare:
- Monday, Dec. 1: About Winter Weather in Georgia – Learn about the different types of severe weather that affect Georgia.
- Tuesday, Dec. 2: Winter Weather Terminology – Learn about the different types of winter weather alerts and what they mean.
- Wednesday, Dec. 3: Winter Weather Preparation Tips – Learn how to prepare a Ready kit and make a plan for severe winter weather.
- Thursday, Dec. 4: Winter Weather Driving Safety – Learn best practices for driving in winter conditions and how to pack a mobile Ready kit.
- Friday, Dec. 5: Winter Weather Outlook – Learn what to expect this winter.
“All of Georgia is susceptible to winter weather, including freezing rain, sleet, ice, snow and extreme cold. These threats can cause unsafe driving conditions, power outages and other problems,” said GEMA/Homeland Security Director Charley English. “Winter Weather Preparedness Week is the perfect time to learn about these threats and how to prepare for them.”
The most important preparedness step Georgians can take is to put together a Ready kit with a three-day supply of food, water and other critical supplies needed when winter weather causes power outages or makes it unsafe to travel. In addition, putting together a mobile Ready kit for vehicles that includes a car charger, ice scraper, jumper cables, blankets and sand for traction is recommended.
It’s also important to stay weather-aware by monitoring the news for potential storms. Using a NOAA Weather radio at home and Ready Georgia’s mobile app on the go to get alerts are also good ways for residents to make sure they aren’t caught off guard. The mobile app was upgraded earlier this year to add audible alerts that are geo-targeted to the user’s location, keeping them more aware of changing weather conditions.
During Winter Weather Preparedness Week, houses of worship are encouraged to get their buildings and congregations ready for potential emergencies through GEMA’s new Praise & Preparedness program. Businesses should also take time to create or review their business continuity plans before severe weather hits.
Finally, Ready Georgia has invited elementary students from around the state to see which classroom can create the best preparedness-themed holiday jingle. The competing students’ entries will be unveiled on the Ready Georgia Facebook page each day during Winter Weather Preparedness Week.
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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 Agency (GEMA) 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 Web site, online community toolkit, broadcast and print advertising and public awareness media messaging to reach its audiences. Ready Georgia is also on Facebook and YouTube.