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VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -  Last month's winter storm in Georgia impacted 70-percent of the state.

It's proof we need to be ready for severe weather. This is severe weather awareness week.

Officials from the governor down to local emergency managers are urging you to be prepared.

Severe weather can knock down trees, cause flooding and serious damage. It's important to have a plan so you know what to do if a storm strikes.

"If you're not prepared in advance then it's too late once the storm hits," said Lowndes County EMA Ashley Tye.

You need to have emergency contacts handy, stay informed about weather, and prepare an emergency kit that includes non-perishable, food, water, blankets and maps.

One of the most important tools to have in your ready kit is a NOAA weather radio.

The radios can easily be programmed and being informed could save your life.

"With a wife and three small kids, it's important to always be on top of the weather and know what's coming our way and in the event something was to happen while we were asleep," said Mike Fletcher.

Tye also recommends signing up for the call before the storm, Code Red Alert.

"They automatically go to the people signed up within the affected area so it will only call you if you're affected, so people in Lake Park, won't get a tornado warning in Hahira that doesn't affect them." said Tye.

Often times we become complacent and severe weather awareness week reminds us to always be prepared.

The Georgia Emergency Management Agency is giving away those emergency kits and weather radios. For more information click here. To sign up for the Code Red Alert in Lowndes County, click here.

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