Governor Nathan Deal proclaimed the week of Nov. 30-Dec. 4 as Winter Weather Preparedness Week. During this week, Georgians are encouraged to prepare for winter weather by replenishing necessary supplies, making a plan and learning about the different types of winter weather.
“All Georgians are encouraged to prepare and plan for dangerous weather conditions by winterizing their homes, making a family communications plan and preparing an emergency kit for their homes and cars,” said Deal. “Departments and agencies of the local, state and federal government, in partnership with the private sector and other organizations, are working to prevent and respond to winter weather emergencies, and I urge all citizens to educate themselves and others about the dangers of severe weather.”
To help prepare residents for any emergency that might take hold this winter, the Cobb & Douglas Public Health Emergency Preparedness & Response team offers several tips:
- Create a “Vehicle Go-Kit” of essentials like three days of non-perishable food items, a gallon of water per day per individual, a supply of necessary medications for each family member and blankets, extra cell phone battery/charger, jumper cables, ice scraper and sand for tire traction.
- Prepare a “Ready Kit” of emergency supplies for your home. Include at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food, water, a flashlight with extra batteries, a NOAA Weather Radio, adequate clothing and blankets to keep you warm, as well as additional supplies for the unique needs of your family, such as medication or pet needs.
- Create an emergency communications plan so family members will know who to contact if separated during a storm. Designate at least one out-of-town contact who all family members can call. Determine a way to let family and friends know you’re OK if the power goes out. Create a customized plan for your family using the Ready Georgia website or mobile app.
- Identify an alternate heat source, like a fireplace or wood-burning stove, and stock sufficient heating fuel. You may become isolated in your home and regular fuel sources may be cut off. Store a good supply of dry, seasoned wood for your fireplace or wood-burning stove.
- Winterize your vehicle and keep your gas tank at least half full to prevent your fuel line from freezing.
- Winterize your home by placing weather stripping around doors and windows. During cold weather, allow faucets to drip, and open cabinet doors to let heat reach uninsulated pipes under sinks and appliances near exterior walls.
- Stay informed about winter weather! Purchase a NOAA Weather Radio or other battery-operated radio to monitor changing winter weather conditions.
- Download the Ready Georgia mobile app, which includes geo-targeted severe weather and emergency alerts that will notify your phone before disasters strike.
In addition to these tips, the Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security’s Ready Georgia campaign urges residents to learn about different ways to prepare throughout the week:
- Monday, Nov 30: Winter Weather in Georgia – Examine different types of winter weather that affect Georgia.
- Tuesday, Dec. 1: Winter Weather Terminology – Brush up on winter weather alerts and what they mean.
- Wednesday, Dec. 2: Preparing for a Winter Storm – Learn how to prepare a Ready Kit and make a plan for winter weather.
- Thursday, Dec. 3: What to Do During a Winter Storm – Focus on best practices to follow during a winter storm, including tips for driving in winter conditions and what to do if caught outside during a storm.
- Friday, Dec. 4: Winter Weather Outlook – Take a look at what’s expected this winter.
For more information, call 770-514-2300 or visit www.ready.ga.gov