February 12, 2003
Governor Sonny Perdue proclaimed the week of February 16-22, 2003, as Severe Weather Awareness Week in Georgia during a ceremony Wednesday in the Capitol Rotunda.
Severe Weather Awareness Week is designed to educate Georgians about safety, preparedness, and response procedures for a variety of severe weather events, such as floods, hurricanes, lightning, thunderstorms, tornadoes, and winter storms.
"During this time, Georgians are urged to take this time to review their family safety plans and to make sure they have a disaster supplies kit on hand should severe weather or any other type of emergency situation occur," said Georgia Emergency Management Director (GEMA) Gary W. McConnell.
"Every family should also have a National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radio so that they can receive immediate severe weather and emergency warnings."
In addition to publicizing weather safety measures and severe weather events through the local news media, a statewide tornado drill is scheduled for Wednesday, February 19. The National Weather Service will initiate the drill. Schools, churches, businesses, industries, and local governments are encouraged to participate.
In the event of bad weather on the drill day, the drill will be rescheduled for Friday, February 21.
"With the expansion of NOAA weather transmitters across the state, Georgia is better prepared than ever for severe weather," said McConnell. For more information on severe weather preparedness, contact your local emergency management director or call GEMA at 1-800-TRY-GEMA or visit the GEMA Web site at www.gema.state.ga.us.
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