Statewide Tornado Drill rescheduled for this Friday
This is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Georgia and families are encouraged to make sure they are prepared for a variety of natural disasters.
The Georgia Statewide Tornado Drill is scheduled for Friday at 9 a.m. Originally planned for the morning of Wednesday, Feb. 5, it had to be postponed due to the potential for inclement weather across portions of the state on Wednesday.
Each day in Severe Weather Awareness Week focuses on a different type of threat faced by Georgians. Grady County Emergency Management Agency is encouraging all residents to take a few minutes to learn about how to deal with each emergency situation by visiting the Ready Georgia website at www.ready.ga.gov.
“During severe weather, emergency workers might need at least three days to open roadways and restore utilities,” says Jim Ellis, director of Grady County EMA. “If you are prepared to survive independently, it not only helps your family, it also frees up our resources to quickly deal with the most urgent threats.”
Another new tool for Grady County residents is the Ready Georgia smartphone app. This free app, available for both iPhone and Android devices, provides mobile access to a variety of emergency preparedness tools.
In addition, Grady County EMA recommends NOAA Weather Radio as standard operating equipment in every home. NOAA Weather Radio is a nationwide network of radio stations dedicated to broadcasting continuous weather information directly from a nearby National Weather Service office. It is the best way to hear watches and warnings from the National Weather Service (NWS), even if they are issued in the middle of the night.