Although Gordon County has some of the most beautiful weather in the country year-round, it is also susceptible to a wide variety of natural disasters. During Severe Weather Preparedness Week, Feb. 1-5, 2016, Georgians are encouraged to learn about the different threats and start getting prepared for them. Each day has a different focus.
Family Preparedness/NOAA Weather Radio Day – February 1, 2016
- If a disaster struck, would your family know what to do? What if you were separated? How would you contact each other if cell phone service was unavailable? Sit down with your family and friends to decide how you will get in contact with each other, where you will go and what you will do in an emergency.
- Also on February 1, 2016 take a few minutes to program your NOAA Weather Radio. If you don’t have a weather radio, consider purchasing one. They are the most reliable way to get weather alerts, even if you’re asleep. Also, please consider assembling and emergency supply kit for your home and vehicles.
Thunderstorm Safety – February 2, 2016
- Thunderstorms are common in Gordon County, and they shouldn’t be underestimated. They can produce strong winds, lightning, tornadoes, hail and flash flooding.
- Nearly 10 percent of thunderstorms are classified as severe, meaning they have winds of at least 58 mph, hail at least three-quarters of an inch thick or are capable of producing a tornado.
- Remember to tie down loose outdoor items before severe thunderstorms. Postpone outdoor activities and stay inside.
Tornado Safety – February 3, 2016
- Tornadoes are some of nature’s most violent storms, generating wind speeds that can exceed 250 mph.
- A tornado watch means a tornado is possible in your area. A tornado warning means a tornado has been spotted, and you should take shelter immediately.
- It’s important for everyone in the family to know the safest place to go during a tornado. Storm cellars and basements provide the best protection. If underground shelter is not available, go to an interior room or hallway on the lowest floor possible.
Lightning Safety – February 4, 2016
- Lightning can strike from many miles away. To determine whether it’s safe to be outside, remember the 30/30 Rule: Go indoors if, after seeing lightning, you cannot count to 30 before hearing thunder. Stay indoors for 30 minutes after the last clap of thunder.
- Avoid showering or bathing during thunderstorms, as plumbing and bathroom fixtures can conduct electricity from lightning through running water.
Flood Safety – February 5, 2016
- Nearly half of all flood-related deaths occur when people drive into floodwaters and their vehicle is swept away. It only takes two feet of water to sweep away a vehicle. Remember: turn around, don’t drown.
- Protect your important documents from flooding by making copies and placing them in a waterproof container, like a plastic bag.