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Are you prepared for a tornado?

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THOMAS COUNTY, GA (WALB) -

One of the deadliest natural disasters, is also one of the most unpredictable.

Saturday was the second anniversary of one of the country's deadliest tornado outbreaks. Just in Georgia, 15 people were killed and dozens were hurt.

Tornadoes can happen any time of year, but this is the most common time for them, and emergency officials want you to be prepared.

Tornado season is here and in full swing.

The one question emergency officials have for you is, are you ready?

"It can happen anytime of the year. Don't just look to these two months to be aware. Constantly know your surroundings," said Thomas County EMA Director Lisa Griffis.

This week marks the two-year anniversary of a string of deadly tornadoes throughout the state.

"I went to Cartersville for a week and helped with the disaster relief in the DRC center. It was a pretty interesting experience. You got to meet other people, other contacts. Got to work with FEMA. See how other agencies work. You know they may do things a little bit different," said Griffis.

Emergency officials say it is not only important to have a disaster kit, but also to update it.

"Get rid of expired food. Snack food. Things like that. New medicines. Money. Don't always rely on your ATM card. Cause in case electricity does go down you have cash in case you are stuck for a couple of days," said Griffis.

But the most important thing to do is stay informed.

"Get on the national weather service, WALB, any news channel with weather. Keep up with what is going on with your area."

According to the National Weather Service, May leads the pack with the highest number of tornadoes nationwide each year, averaging 298 over the last 10 years.

Visit www.ready.gov to find out how you can create a complete emergency and communications plan. 

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