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Emergency planners set statewide tornado drill set for Wednesday morning

ATLANTA — Gov. Nathan Deal, in collaboration with the Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security and the National Weather Service, looks to remind Georgians about the seasonal threats from severe weather during Severe Weather Preparedness Week, which runs through Friday.

“Georgia began the year with torrential rains and flash floods. And though tornadoes can occur year-round, the threat increases through spring along with high wind gusts, hail and lightning from thunderstorms. We want our citizens to be aware of the risks associated with severe weather and provide them with information that will help them be better prepared for the unexpected,” GEMA/HS Director Jim Butterworth said.

Take advantage of Severe Weather Preparedness Week to review your own family’s emergency procedures and prepare for weather-related hazards.

Themes have been set for each day of the week:

Monday — Family Preparedness/NOAA Weather Radio Day: Purchase a life-saving NOAA Weather Radio and choose an out-of-state friend as a “check-in” contact to call if your family gets separated.

Tuesday — Thunderstorm Safety: Learn the difference between a thunderstorm watch and a thunderstorm warning.

Wednesday — Tornado Safety (and PrepareAthon! drill for tornado safety): Determine in advance where you will take shelter in case of a tornado warning.

Thursday — Lightning Safety: Learn the 30/30 rule. Go indoors if, after seeing lightning, you cannot count to 30 before hearing thunder. Stay indoors for 30 minutes after hearing the last clap of thunder.

Friday — Flood Safety (alternate date for PrepareAthon! drill for tornado safety):

Copy important documents, seal them in a watertight container and add them to your Ready kit.

To help Georgians prepare for severe weather, GEMA/HS’s Ready Georgia campaign offers resources and information residents can use to be informed about potential threats, develop a communications plan and create an emergency supply kit. An  interactive website at provides information on Georgia-specific preparedness and allows users to create a profile and receive a customized checklist and family communications plan. Employers can use the  Ready Your Business  guide to create contingency plans.

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