Tornado drill to be held on Nov. 4

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(ATLANTA) – The Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMA/HS) is holding a statewide tornado drill Wednesday, Nov. 4, at 9:30 a.m. This event coincides with Fall Severe Weather Preparedness Day.

“Tornadoes can occur anywhere in Georgia at any time, so it’s important to be prepared,” said Chris Stallings, Director of GEMA/HS. “Knowing how to properly respond to this type of event can save lives.”

The National Weather Service (NWS) will send out a customized Routine Weekly Test (RWT) at 9:30 a.m. via NOAA Weather Radio. GEMA/HS encourages all Georgians to participate in the drill. To learn more about how to prepare, plan and stay informed about tornadoes, read the following tips:

Before a drill

Make a “Ready Kit” for at least three days of self-sufficiency.
Familiarize yourself with the terminology used to identify a tornado hazard.
A tornado watch means weather conditions are favorable for tornadoes to develop.

A tornado warning means either a tornado is occurring, or expected to develop shortly in your area and you need to take shelter immediately.

Determine in advance where you will take shelter during the tornado drill.
Storm cellars or basements provide the best protection.

If underground shelter is not available, an interior room or hallway on the lowest floor possible is the best option.

In a high-rise building, go to a small interior room or hallway on the lowest floor possible.

During a drill
Announce the start of the tornado drill and inform participants that they should act as though a tornado warning has been issued.

Evacuate participants just as you would if you were taking shelter during a tornado warning. Use stairs to reach the lowest level of a building; avoid using elevators.

Once participants reach the designated safe area, they should crouch as low as possible to the floor, facing down and covering their heads with their hands.
Once everyone has been evacuated and taken cover, announce that the drill is over.

Evacuate participants just as you would if you were taking shelter during a tornado warning. Use stairs to reach the lowest level of a building; avoid using elevators.

Once participants reach the designated safe area, they should crouch as low as possible to the floor, facing down and covering their heads with their hands.
Once everyone has been evacuated and taken cover, announce that the drill is over.

After a drill

Review the drill to identify any necessary changes or improvements to your tornado safety procedures. For example:

Do more safe areas need to be identified?

Do the designated safe areas need to have clutter removed or need to be cleaned out to be more accessible?

Does everyone know the fastest routes to take shelter in the safe areas?

Is there a better method for letting everyone know of an approaching tornado needed?

For more information on preparing for severe weather, contact your local EMA or visit the Ready Georgia page or www.gema.ga.gov.

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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 www.gema.ga.gov for more information.

National Preparedness Month starts today

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(ATLANTA) – September is National Preparedness Month and the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMA/HS) is working with local emergency management agencies to encourage citizens across the state to prepare themselves and their families for natural and man-made disasters. This year’s National Preparedness Month theme is “Disasters Don’t Wait. Make Your Plan Today.”

“During National Preparedness Month, Georgians should develop or review their emergency plans to ensure their household is ready for natural and man-made disasters,” said GEMA/HS Director Homer Bryson. “They should also consider how COVID-19 may affect their plans, and adjust them accordingly.”

Taking a single step each week toward developing a plan will increase household and community responsiveness when severe weather and other emergencies occur. The themes each week during National Preparedness month are:

Week 1: September 1-6 Make a Plan
Week 2: September 6-12 Build a Kit
Week 3: September 13-19 Prepare for Disasters
Week 4: September 20-26 Teach Youth About Preparedness

For tips and tools to get your family and community ready for a disaster, visit www.gema.georgia.gov/plan-prepare/ready-georgia. Additional preparedness information is also available from your local EMA director at 706-865-9500.
White County Public Safety will be posting informative information and videos on their Facebook page all month.
https://www.facebook.com/whitecountyema

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 External Affairs [email protected]
(404) 635-7000
@Georgia EMA
Facebook.com/GEMA.OHS
www.gema.ga.gov
Ready Georgia campaign helps Georgians prepare for disasters. Go to gema.ga.gov for information on developing a custom emergency plan and Ready Kit.

 

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