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February 17, 2003

Albany -- You are being urged to plan and prepare if disaster hits your home. This is Severe Weather Awareness Week. This is the time of the year the danger of tornadoes and severe thunderstorms increase in South Georgia.

 Severe Weather Awareness week urges Georgians to take time and set up a family safety plan, and rehearse it. What would you do if your home is hit by tornado, flood, or other severe weather?

Dougherty County Emergency Management Agency Coordinator Jim Bramble said "You are at work, kids at school, your wife is at her job. How do you contact one another? How do you know each other is safe? If you are home at night, do you have a plan if a tree falls on your house?"

Emergency response teams could take 72 hours to restore electricity or open roads. Georgia Emergency Management urges your safety plan include

1-Post necessary telephone numbers in a central location.

2-Install safety features like smoke detectors and fire extinguishers in your home, and make sure they are working.

3-Inspect your home for potential hazards.

 4-Teach your family basic safety measures like CPR, first aid, and how to use a fire extinguisher.

5-Teach children how to call 9-1-1.

6-Keep enough supplies in your home for at least three days.

 7-Put together a disaster supply kit. Keep it in sturdy containers like backpacks or duffel bags. Include water, food, a change of clothes and shoes for each person, sleeping bags, first aid kit, radio, flashlight and extra batteries, extra car keys and cash.

The Georgia Emergency Management Agency recommends every family have a NOAA Weather Radio in their home, to receive immediate severe weather and emergency warnings.

There will be a statewide tornado drill Wednesday morning, between 9 and 10 AM. The National Weather Service will initiate the drill.

posted at 4:46 by jimw@walb.com