Preparing for 2012 Severe Weather
In light of last weeks devastating severe weather that hit parts of the Mid-West and South it’s not too early to begin preparing for “possible” severe weather outbreaks in Central Georgia. Hopefully we will never have to use it this information, but like insurance, it’s better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.
DPH (Georgia Department of Public Health) recommends that families keep an emergency preparedness supply kit consisting of 11 essential items. These items are:
• Water: at least three gallons per person for drinking and sanitation
• Food: at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
• Clothes and blankets
• Manual can opener
• Flashlight and extra batteries
• Important documents in a water-proof container
• Battery-powered or hand crank NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries
• Hygiene items
• First aid kit
To help Georgians prepare for severe weather, GEMA’s Ready Georgia– a statewide emergency preparedness campaign – offers tools that residents can use to create an emergency supply kit, develop a communications plan and stay informed about potential threats. For preparedness on the go, families can also download Ready Georgia’s free mobile app to learn how to prepare for emergencies, create family communications plans and more. The mobile app was funded and directed by DPH and has been downloaded over 20,000 times.
GEMA suggests taking the following steps to prepare for severe weather:
• Be sure every family member knows important phone numbers for schools, offices, home and emergency services.
• Identify an out-of town contact. It might be easier to make a long-distance phone call than to call in town, so an out-of-town contact is in a better position to communicate among separated family members.
• Identify a meeting place near your home where family members can meet if separated during severe weather.
• Identify a meeting place away from your home where family members can meet if your neighborhood in not accessible.
• Map out evacuation routes in case you are ordered to evacuate, and always keep at least half a tank of gas in your car.
• Know your insurance policies and visit www.floodsmart.gov to learn whether your home is in a flood zone.
For more information on severe weather preparedness, visit these websites:www.ready.ga.gov,www.srh.noaa.gov/ffc, http://health.state.ga.us/programs/emerprep/