After several winter storm warnings and cold weather storms, Cobb & Douglas Public Health wants residents to be aware of the sudden and often devastating impact of severe weather this year as Georgia recognizes Severe Weather Preparedness Week, February 5 – 9, 2018.
Georgians have already witnessed the impacts of severe weather in 2018, following multiple rounds of winter weather storms, ice, snow and devastatingly cold temperatures. Severe Weather Preparedness Week provides an excellent opportunity for residents to learn more about the dangers of severe weather, as well as learning how and when to take proper actions when severe weather is expected, and inevitably strikes.
In conjunction with Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA), Homeland Security and other state and local partners, specific topics and days through the week have been created:
- Monday – Family Preparedness (NWR + Wireless Emergency Alerts)
- Tuesday – Thunderstorm Safety (Hail & Damaging Wind Threats/Impacts)
- Wednesday – Tornado Safety
- Thursday – Lightning Safety
- Friday – Flash Flooding/Flood Safety **NWR TEST Warning Message – 9AM**
Residents can also act by participating in the National Weather Service (NWS) Storm Spotter initiative, which helps the NWS and meteorologists verify warnings and gather accurate and timely storm reports to compare with corresponding radar data. If you observe hail (quarter sized or larger), strong or damaging winds, or a funnel cloud/tornado anywhere across north and central Georgia, please report it to the NWS (Peachtree City Office) at 1-866-763-4466 or through the online storm report form.
For more information about Severe Weather Preparedness Week and for detailed information about the most common emergencies and how you can prepare, visit www.ready.ga.gov or call 1-800-BE-READY, for more information.
About Cobb & Douglas Public Health
Cobb & Douglas Public Health, along with the Georgia Department of Public Health, has been committed to the mission of “Healthier Lives. Healthier Community.” since 1920. We are dedicated to improving our residents’ quality of life by tracking and preventing the spread of disease, promoting health and safety, providing exceptional medical services, and ensuring that our community is prepared for public health emergencies. For more information, visit www.cobbanddouglaspublichealth.org.