Severe weather is always a possibility in our region so to help in preparing for possible events the state of Georgia recognized Severe Weather Preparedness Week from Feb. 1 to 5.
Now is as a good a time as any for you to become aware of what our possible threats are and how to prepare for weather events such as thunderstorms, tornadoes, floods and lightning.
There are several ways to prepare, but knowing what you can do before severe weather strikes may save your life.
First, know the risks in your area and be prepare to take action. Stay informed with a NOAA weather radio, smart phone apps and/or local news media. Create and practice your plan at home with your family, at work with your coworkers and when you are outdoors. Assemble an emergency supply kit.
Knowing the National Weather Service alerts will also help you in preparing for a weather event. Whether you are watching your local weather, listening to a weather radio or getting updates from a smartphone app, alerts are always given by the National Weather Service and are always categorized by an Outlook, Watch, or Warning.
According to the National Weather Service:
- An Outlook is used to indicate that a hazardous weather or hydrologic event may develop. It is intended to provide information to those who need considerable lead time to prepare for the event.
- A Watch is used when the risk of a hazardous weather or hydrologic event has increased significantly, but its occurrence, location and/or timing is still uncertain. It is intended to provide enough lead time so that those who need to set their plans in motion can do so.
- A Warning issued when a hazardous weather or hydrologic event is occurring, is imminent or has a very high probability of occurring. A warning is used for conditions posing a threat to life or property.
There are a number of weather websites and apps for your smartphone that you can use. Below are a few that are used by the office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response:
Find the app or apps that are right for you and download them today.
Preparing is everyone’s responsibility and could help save lives so take the time to know your threats for your area, know what the alerts mean and plan and practice your response to any event.