(ATLANTA) – Governor Nathan Deal proclaimed the week of Nov. 30-Dec. 4 as Winter Weather Preparedness Week. During this week, Georgians are encouraged to prepare for winter weather by replenishing necessary supplies, making a plan and learning about the different types of winter weather.
“All Georgians are encouraged to prepare and plan for dangerous weather conditions by winterizing their homes, making a family communications plan and preparing an emergency kit for their homes and cars,” said Deal. “Departments and agencies of the local, state and federal government, in partnership with the private sector and other organizations, are working to prevent and respond to winter weather emergencies, and I urge all citizens to educate themselves and others about the dangers of severe weather.”
Winter Weather Preparedness Week focuses on a different preparedness topic each day. The GEMA/HS Ready Georgia campaign urges residents to learn about different ways to prepare throughout the week:
• Monday, Nov 30: Winter Weather in Georgia – Examine different types of winter weather that affect Georgia.
• Tuesday, Dec. 1: Winter Weather Terminology – Brush up on winter weather alerts and what they mean.
• Wednesday, Dec. 2: Preparing for a Winter Storm – Learn how to prepare a Ready kit and make a plan for winter weather.
• Thursday, Dec. 3: What to Do During a Winter Storm – Focus on best practices to follow during a winter storm, including tips for driving in winter conditions and what to do if caught outside during a storm.
• Friday, Dec. 4: Winter Weather Outlook – Take a look at what’s expected this winter.
“We may not be able to stop winter storms from occurring, but we can empower the public with information on how they can be better prepared for winter hazards such as freezing rain, snow and black ice,” said GEMA/HS Director Jim Butterworth. “We encourage residents to be weather aware and listen carefully to what might be changing in the forecast so they can make good plans at work or at home.”
GEMA/HS’s Ready Georgia campaign offers these tips for Georgians to make sure they’re prepared for conditions this winter:
• Prepare a Ready kit of emergency supplies for your home. Include at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food, water, a flashlight with extra batteries, a NOAA Weather Radio, adequate clothing and blankets to keep you warm, as well as additional supplies for the unique needs of your family, such as medication or pet Ready kits.
Keep an extra Ready kit in the trunk of your car. In addition to the basic essentials, consider adding a portable cell phone charger, ice scraper, extra blanket, sand for traction and jumper cables.
• Create an emergency communications plan so family members will know who to contact if separated during a storm. Designate at least one out-of-town contact who all family members can call. Determine a way to let family and friends know you’re OK if the power goes out. Create a customized plan for your family using the Ready Georgia website or mobile app.
• Make sure you have a way to stay informed about winter weather. Purchase a NOAA Weather Radio or other battery-operated radio to monitor changing winter weather conditions. Download the Ready Georgia mobile app, which includes geo-targeted severe weather and emergency alerts that will notify your phones before disasters strike.
• Winterize your vehicle and keep your gas tank at least half full to prevent your fuel line from freezing.
• Winterize your home by placing weather stripping around doors and windows. During cold weather, allow faucets to drip, and open cabinet doors to let heat reach uninsulated pipes under sinks and appliances near exterior walls.
• Identify an alternate heat source, like a fireplace or wood-burning stove, and stock sufficient heating fuel. You may become isolated in your home and regular fuel sources may be cut off. Store a good supply of dry, seasoned wood for your fireplace or wood-burning stove.
It’s rarely business as usual when winter weather hits Georgia. Because of this, businesses too may want to take advantage of Winter Weather Preparedness Week by creating or reviewing their business continuity plans and sharing this information with employees.
Georgians looking for more information on how to be informed, make a plan and build a kit for winter weather can contact their local EMA or visit Ready Georgia’s website. For preparedness on the go, download the Ready Georgia mobile app.