Georgia Severe Weather Awareness Week
Families should be prepared for any type of hazard that could affect their area. The best way to do this is to develop a family disaster plan. View this video and the steps below to make you sure and your family are prepared for an emergency. Remember to also inquire about emergency plans at work and school.
Get a Kit
This kit is a group of items you may need during a disaster. By having these items grouped together, you can quickly grab your kit and leave if an evacuation is ordered for your area.
Make sure to have food and water for each person and your pets for at least 72 hours. Sometimes emergency workers can not reach you immediately and you'll need to survive on your own.
Keep in mind that basic services such as electricity and water may not be available. Make sure that your kit includes items that will help you manage through these lose of services.
Disasters can be hard on adults and children - make sure to include some comforting items in your kit, whether it is a teddy bear or a game for a child or comfort/stress foods for adults.
Visit FEMA at Ready.gov for a downloadable emergency supply kit checklist.
Involve children in the plan making process. See how Sesame Street can help kids be ready for a disaster!
Practice your plan.
Be informed - get the warning
Make sure that you get watches, warnings and advisories when severe weather strikes. These are just a few ways in which to get watches, warnings and advisories - remember it's important to receive alerts and warnings multiple ways.
Have a NOAA Weather Radio. Make sure it's plugged in, turned on, and have extra batteries just in case the power goes out. A key benefit of NOAA Weather Radio is it will alert you while you are sleeping so you can take shelter.
There are many ways to get alerts via cell phone now. View our Cell Phone and Warnings Brochure to view a list of cell phone applications in which you can receive NWS watches, warnings and advisories.
Check with your local emergency manager to see if there are sirens in your area. Learn the policy specific to your area and remember that sirens are an outdoor warning system and are not designed to be heard indoors.
Local television and radio stations also broadcast watches, warnings and advisories.
*Portions of the information above is from FEMA and the Red Cross.