WCPS, GEMA encourage winter weather preparedness


CLEVELAND, Ga. –Georgia continues to prepare and be better equipped for each winter season, and this year is no different White County along with the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency, are encouraging Georgians to take time to get ready for possible inclement weather emergencies this winter.

“Winter Weather Preparedness Week is a great time for White County residents, businesses and schools to prepare for all potential winter hazards,” said David Murphy, Director of Public  Safety. “Since winter weather all over Georgia can be unpredictable, we’re hopeful that our residents will prepare now for potentially dangerous storms so if or when extreme weather hits, they won’t be caught off guard.”

Winter Weather Preparedness Week will encourage White County citizens’ awareness of winter weather hazards, a better understanding of winter weather terminology and preparation for severe winter weather. Each day concentrates on different aspects of severe winter weather and provides critical information for preparedness. The focus for each day is as follows:

Monday, Dec. 2: Winter Weather in Georgia — learn about winter weather hazards that can impact the state of Georgia;

Tuesday, Dec. 3: Winter Weather Terminology — learn about winter weather alerts (watches, warnings and advisories) and what they mean;

Wednesday, Dec. 4: Winter Weather Preparedness Tips — learn how to best prepare for winter weather events, and put together a Ready kit while making a plan before winter weather strikes;

Thursday, Dec. 5: Winter Weather Driving Tips/Safety — learn best practices for driving (if necessary) in winter weather conditions and how to pack a mobile Ready kit;

Friday, Dec. 6: Winter Weather Outlook for 2019-20 season Families can visit gema.georgia.gov/plan-prepare/ready-georgia to learn how to prepare for emergencies, create family communications plans and more. To learn about specific risks in your area, contact us at 706-865-9500.


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 www.gema.ga.gov Ready Georgia campaign helps Georgians prepare for disasters. Go to gema.georgia.gov for information on developing a custom emergency plan and Ready kit.

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