Severe Weather Preparedness Week Starts Feb. 3


(ATLANTA) – Governor Brian Kemp, in coordination with the Georgia Emergency Management
and Homeland Security Agency (GEMA/HS) and the National Weather Service (NWS), issued a
proclamation calling on Georgians to educate themselves and understand the threats of severe
weather during Severe Weather Preparedness Week, which will take place from Feb. 3 to Feb.

Spring is traditionally a period where the threat of high winds, hail and lightning from tornados
and severe thunderstorms greatly increases. Severe Weather Preparedness Week serves as a
reminder to review emergency procedures and prepare for weather-related hazards.

 Monday, Feb. 3 – Family Preparedness/NOAA Weather Radio Day: Purchase a life-
saving NOAA Weather Radio and choose an out-of-state friend as a “check-in” contact
to call if your family gets separated.

 Tuesday, Feb. 4 – Thunderstorm Safety: Learn the difference between a thunderstorm
watch and a thunderstorm warning.

 Wednesday, Feb. 5 – Tornado Safety (and PrepareAthon! drill for tornado safety at 9
a.m.): Determine in advance where you will take shelter in case of a tornado warning.

 Thursday, Feb. 6 – Lightning Safety: Learn the 30/30 rule. If after seeing lightning, you
cannot count to 30 before hearing thunder, go indoors. Stay indoors for 30 minutes after
hearing the last clap of thunder.

 Friday, Feb. 7 – Flood Safety: Copy important documents, seal them in a watertight
container and add them to your Ready kit.

Severe weather preparedness week isn’t just for individuals and their families. GEMA/HS highly
encourages schools, businesses and other organizations to use this as an opportunity to
evaluate their preparedness for a severe weather event.
For more resources on how you can prepare your home, school or business for severe weather
emergencies and other disasters, visit and
follow @GeorgiaEMA on Twitter for preparedness tips and emergency information.


As part of the Office of the Governor, GEMA/HS 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, GEMA/HS employees
are on 24-hour call statewide to assist local authorities when disaster strikes. GEMA/HS’s
“Ready Georgia” campaign helps Georgians prepare for disasters. Visit for
more information.

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