This week… February 4-8… is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Georgia. This is an opportunity to for you and your family to learn about severe weather safety measures and to participate in statewide awareness programs.
Here is the schedule for this week……
Today - Family Preparedness Day
Feb. 5 - Thunderstorm Safety Day
Feb. 6 - Tornado Safety Day (Statewide Tornado Drill)
Feb. 7 - Lightning Safety Day
Feb. 8 - Flood Safety Day
In addition to your family disaster supply kit… develop a family preparedness plan. This plan needs to be known to all family members.
A basic preparedness plan has four steps… do your homework… create a family disaster plan… make a checklist and periodically update it … and practice and maintain your plan.
1. Do your homework
Find out about the emergency response plan for your workplace… your children's school or day-care center… as well as other places where your family spends time.
Develop a list of important telephone numbers (doctor, work, school, relatives) and keep it in a prominent place in your home.
Ask about animal care. Pets may not be allowed inside shelters because of health regulations.
2. Create a family disaster plan
Discuss with your family the need to prepare for disaster. Explain the danger of fire, severe weather (tornadoes, hurricanes) and floods to children. Develop a plan to share responsibilities and how to work together as a team.
Discuss the types of disasters that are most likely to occur and how to respond.
Establish meeting places inside and outside your home as well as outside the neighborhood. Make sure everyone knows when and how to contact each other if separated.
Decide on the best escape routes from your home. Identify two ways out of each room.
Plan how to take care of your pets.
Establish a family contact out-of-town (friend or relative). Call this person after the disaster to let them know where you are and if you are okay. Make sure everyone knows the contact's phone number.
Learn what to do if you are advised to evacuate.
3. Make a checklist and periodically update it
Post emergency telephone numbers by phones (fire, police, ambulance, etc.).
Teach your children how and when to call 911 or your local EMS number for help.
Show each family member how to turn off the water… gas and electricity at the main valves or switches.
Teach each family member how to use a fire extinguisher (ABC type) and have a central place to keep it. Check it each year.
Install smoke detectors on each level of your home… especially near bedrooms.
Conduct a home hazard hunt.
Stock emergency supplies and assemble a disaster supply kit.
Learn basic first aid. At the very least… each family member should know CPR… how to help someone who is choking and first aid for severe bleeding and shock. The Red Cross offers basic training of this nature.
Identify safe places in your home to go for each type of disaster.
Check to be sure you have adequate insurance coverage.
4. Practice and maintain your plan
Test children's knowledge of the plan every 6 months so they remember what to do.
Conduct fire and emergency evacuation drills.
Replace stored water and food every 6 months.
Test your smoke detectors monthly and change the batteries once a year.
And... In conjunction with the preparedness plan… working with neighbors can save lives and property. Meet with neighbors to plan how the neighborhood could work together after a disaster until help arrives. Members of a neighborhood organization… such as a home association or crime watch group… can introduce disaster preparedness as a new activity.
Know your neighbors' special skills (medical, technical) and consider how to help neighbors who have special needs… such as disabled and elderly persons. Make plans for child care in case parents can't get home.
Did you know that NOAA Weather Radios are one of the most vital components of being prepared? NOAA Weather Radio is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information direct from a nearby National Weather Service office. NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts National Weather Service continuous weather and other hazard information 24 hours a day.
During an emergency, the National Weather Service will interrupt routine weather radio programming and send out a special tone alarm that activates weather radios in the listening area. A statewide tornado drill will be conducted on Wednesday, February 6.
Approximately 98 percent of Georgia's population lives today within range of a NOAA Weather Radio transmitter. If you don't have a NOAA Weather Radio in your home… you could miss important and timely information that could save your life.
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