Statewide tornado drill planned on Feb. 8

As many southwest Georgia families continue to recover from the devastating storms that hit the region in the last several weeks, local and state emergency management officials are planning for a statewide tornado drill next Wednesday, Feb. 8.
Grady County Emergency Management Agency, Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency will hold a statewide PrepareAthon! tornado drill on Feb. 8, at 9 a.m. Grady County EMA Director Richard Phillips and state officials urge all Georgians to participate, as the peak of tornado activity typically occurs in the spring months. This event coincides with Severe Weather Preparedness Week to encourage Georgians to prepare now for whatever weather may come our way.
“This year has been unpredictable for Georgia when it comes to severe weather,” said Homer Bryson, director of GEMA/Homeland Security.  “Thunderstorms, straight-line winds, tornadoes and ice storms have found a home in much of Georgia in January alone. Being prepared is one of our highest priorities, so we encourage Georgians to prepare now for the unexpected.”
“Some of our neighboring counties have been hit tremendously hard this year already. We must all be prepared for the next storm that comes our way,” Chief Phillips said.
A severe weather outbreak Jan. 21-22 produced 41 tornadoes in Georgia, which the National Weather Service says is a new record for a single day or two-day period in the state.
Ready Georgia’s PrepareAthon! for Tornado Safety is part of America’s PrepareAthon!, a national, grassroots campaign designed to increase individual and community preparedness and resilience through hazard-specific drills, group discussions and exercises throughout the year.
According to the National Weather Service (NWS), tornadoes are the leading severe weather-related killer in Georgia. GEMA/HS encourages Georgians to do all they can to be prepared for this type of weather to prevent any loss of life. Go to http://ready.ga.gov/be-informed/tornadoes/tornado-drill-procedures/ for more information.

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