“The timing is especially fitting since, when it comes to severe weather, we’ve been running the gamut here lately in Floyd County,” said Tim Herrington, deputy director of the Floyd County Emergency Management Agency.
The week runs Monday through Friday, with each day having a specific theme. Monday is family preparedness day, thunderstorm safety will be spotlighted on Tuesday, Wednesday will be a statewide tornado drill, Thursday’s theme will be lightning safety, and Friday rounds out the week with a flood safety focus.
“In recent years, Georgia has experienced record flooding, tornadoes and wildfires,” said Charley English, director of the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, in a press release. “Urbanization and population growth increase the potential for these storms to impact more people and structures, so I encourage our citizens to become more aware of severe weather safety measures and to participate in the various awareness programs during Severe Weather Awareness Week.”
Herrington said he also encourages the public to inform themselves about what to do when severe weather strikes and share that information with their families.
Wednesday’s statewide tornado drill is the only special event planned for Floyd County, according to Herrington.
All county residents are encouraged to participate in the National Weather Service drill when it is broadcast around 9 a.m. over weather radios.
Participation in the drill is being stressed to schools, nursing homes and day care centers, partly to make sure the weather radios at these critical facilities are operating properly, Herrington added.
For more information about Severe Weather Awareness Week, visit the new Georgia Emergency Management Agency website at www.ready.ga.gov.