2018-02-08 / Front Page

Stay prepared for severe weather, EMS says

Tornadoes, thunderstorms, floods, and other severe weather events can strike with little to no warning in Wilkes County. Severe Weather Preparedness Week, February 5-9, is the ideal time for residents and their families to prepare for the possibility of a disaster.

Each day during the week is focusing on a different severe weather threat faced by Georgians. Wilkes County EMA is encouraging all residents to dedicate time to practicing emergency response procedures and learn how to deal with each potential disaster.

“Severe weather can be unpredictable and extremely dangerous,” said Blake Thompson, EMA Director. “By taking steps to prepare before it strikes, you can ensure that you and your family stay safe. I encourage our local residents to implement safety measures at home and at work so they will be ready when severe weather strikes.”

Severe Weather Preparedness Week began with Family Preparedness Day on Monday when Wilkes County households were encouraged to program their NOAA weather radios.

Following days focused on a different threats and how to prepare:

Tuesday, February 6 – Thunderstorm Safety

Wednesday, February 7 – Tornado Safety and PrepareAthon! for Tornado Safety. (A tornado drill was scheduled for 9 a.m.)

Thursday, February 8 – Lightning Safety

Friday, February 9 – Flood Safety (and alternate PrepareAthon! for tornado safety date)

On Wednesday, when tornado safety is emphasized, residents, schools, and businesses not just in Wilkes County, but statewide, are encouraged to participate in Ready Georgia’s PrepareAthon! for Tornado Safety, a statewide tornado drill.

For more information about Severe Weather Preparedness Week and events occurring locally, visit www.wilkescountyemergencyservices.com, or on Facebook at Wilkes County GA Emergency Services. Contact the EMS at 706- 678-7837.

Ready Georgia is a statewide campaign designed to educate and empower Georgians to prepare for and respond to natural disasters, pandemic outbreaks, potential terrorist attacks, and other large-scale emergencies. The campaign is a project of the Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security (GEMA/HS) and provides a local dimension to Ready America, a broader national campaign. Ready Georgia aims to prepare citizens for maintaining self-sufficiency for at least 72 hours following an emergency.

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