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GEMA: Useful tips on preparing for tropical storms

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

As south Georgia could face effects from Tropical Storm Karen in the coming days, the Georgia Emergency Management Agency is asking residents to be prepared.

Georgia officials remind everyone that a storm doesn't have to make landfall on the coast to create hazards.

GEMA's Ready Georgia campaign aims to make some hazards easier to deal with by making sure residents are ready to survive for 72 hours following possible large scale emergencies.

Here are some tops for how to get ready, provided by Ready Georgia.

  • Plan an evacuation route out of your neighborhood and identify a place to take shelter.
  • Prepare a portable Ready kit of emergency supplies in case you lose electricity or have to evacuate, including a first aid kit and three-day supply of food and water. Add specific items for children, family members with special needs or pets and keep important documents in a waterproof container.
  • Secure your property, cover all windows with pre-cut ply wood or hurricane shutters  and add support to garage doors to protect them from high winds.
  • Know your insurance policies and whether your home is in a flood zone.
  • Follow the instructions of emergency officials, and know the difference between a hurricane watch and a hurricane warning: a hurricane watch means a hurricane is possible in your area; a hurricane warning means a hurricane is expected in your area.
  • If you are not able to evacuate, stay indoors away from all windows. Take shelter in an interior room with no windows if possible. Be aware that there may be a sudden lull in the storm as the eye of the hurricane moves over. Stay in your shelter until local authorities say it is safe.
  • Local authorities may not immediately be able to provide information on what is happening and what you should do. However, you should listen to NOAA Weather Radio, watch TV, listen to the radio or check the Internet often for official news and instructions as they become available.
  • Stay alert for tornadoes and flooding, which often accompany hurricanes.

For more information, visit www.ready.ga.gov. For preparedness on the go, families can also download Ready Georgia's free mobile app. For more information about specific risks in your area, contact your local emergency management agency.

 

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