Gordon County EMA Encourages Residents to Prepare During Severe Weather Preparedness Week Feb. 1 – 5
(Calhoun) – Tornadoes, thunderstorms, floods or other severe weather events can occur suddenly in Gordon County. This is why Gordon County EMA, in partnership with all local public safety and the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency, are encouraging all residents to participate in Severe Weather Preparedness Week, February 1 –5, to prepare for the possibility of inclement weather.
“While there are no major weather events and things are quiet, now is a great time to participate in the Severe Weather Preparedness Week, so we can plan ahead of time for weather emergencies,” said Courtney Taylor, Director of Gordon County EMA. “This way, you and your family will be prepared and know what steps need to be taken, to ensure your safety.”
Although Gordon County has some of the most beautiful weather in the country, it’s still susceptible to a wide variety of natural disasters. During Severe Weather Preparedness Week, Feb. 1-5, 2021, Georgians are encouraged to learn about possible severe weather threats and how to prepare for them. Each day has a different focus.
Family Preparedness/NOAA Weather Radio Day – Monday, Feb. 1
- If a disaster struck, would your family know what to do? What if you were separated? Sit down with your family 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 Feb. 1, 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 learn about storms before they hit.
Thunderstorm Safety – Tuesday, Feb. 2
- 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 miles per hour, 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 drill to occur at 9 a.m. – Wednesday, Feb. 3
- Tornadoes are some of nature’s most violent storms, generating wind speeds that can exceed 250 miles per hour.
- 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 flood possible.
Lightning Safety – Thursday, Feb. 4
- Lightning can strike from several 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.
Flood Safety – Friday, Feb. 5
- 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.
On February 3, when tornado safety is emphasized, residents, schools and businesses statewide are encouraged to participate in Ready Georgia’s Prepare-athon! for Tornado Safety, a statewide tornado drill.
For more information about Severe Weather Preparedness Week and events occurring locally, visit www.gordoncounty.org or contact Courtney Taylor at 706-602-2905.
About Gordon County Emergency Management
Gordon County Emergency Management is tasked with community wide prevention, preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation to natural and manmade disasters. Gordon County Emergency Management accomplishes this through planning, training, and exercises that unite partner agencies within the community for this mission.
About Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency
As part of the Office of the Governor, the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency collaborates with local, state and federal governments in partnership with private sector and non-governmental organizations to protect life and property against man-made and natural emergencies. GEMA/HS’s Ready Georgia website and preparedness campaign provides Georgians with the knowledge needed to effectively prepare for disasters. Go to gema.georgia.gov/plan-prepare/ready-georgia for information on developing a custom emergency plan and Ready kit