Georgia Severe Weather Awareness Week
February 6 - 12, 2011

SWAW Banner Family Preparedness NOAA Weather Radio Thunderstorm Safety Tornado Safety Lightning Safety Flooding After the Storm

February 6-12, 2011 is Severe Weather Awareness Week for the state of Georgia. In 2010, there were 10 tornadoes across north and central Georgia with a total of 210 severe weather events, the least ever observed across the area. Despite the fact that severe weather across the area was less than normal during 2010, severe weather is still no stranger to north and central Georgia. This week is the prime opportunity to learn about severe weather, actions to take when severe weather strikes and review your families preparedness plan as each day is dedicated to a different topic that addresses severe weather preparedness. This year, the topics to be covered include:

An important aspect of severe weather warnings includes the information received from the public and spotters. Not only do reports help the National Weather Service to verify warnings, but they help meteorologists to better relate radar data with corresponding observed weather. If you observe hail (quarter sized or larger), wind damage or a tornado, report it to the National Weather Service at 1-866-763-4466. To learn more about the spotter program visit the Storm Spotter Information page.

Highlight of the week: The statewide tornado drill on Wednesday - February 9

A special test message will be issued around 9:00 am on NOAA Weather Radio

For additional information concerning the tornado drill, please view this invitation.

Back-up date for Tornado Drill (if Severe Weather is imminent on Wednesday, the back-up date will be Friday the 11th.)




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