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Storms approach, GEMA urges residents to prepare

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Severe storms are expected to roll into Georgia Monday night into Tuesday, and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency wants residents to make sure they are prepared.

Weather experts say the primary threats from the storms include winds up to 60 mph, heavy rain, and the possibility of tornadoes.

Meanwhile, Georgia Power said crews will be monitoring the forecast and are prepared to respond to outages.

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Since the storms can occur quickly with little to no warning, below are ways residents can prepare, plan and stay informed in the event of a severe storm or tornado:

Prepare:

Make a Ready kit of emergency supplies - such as water, non-perishable food, flashlight and extra batteries and first aid kit - in case you lose electricity or have to evacuate. Most of the items are inexpensive and easy to find, and any one of them could save your life. If you are disabled, be sure to include the items that will help you stay healthy and independent. If you have pets, be sure to pack a pet Ready kit with food, water and veterinary records.

Trim away dead or weak tree branches from around your home.

Be weather-aware; be alert to changing conditions so you can take proper action.

Plan:

Know where you will take cover in an emergency. A basement provides the best protection, but if you don't have one, shelter in an interior room or hallway.

Be sure every family member knows important phone numbers for schools, offices, home and emergency services.

Identify an out-of-town contact you can call if your family is separated and determine a neighborhood meeting place.

Keep a copy of your insurance information and vital records, such as birth certificates, in your Ready kit.

Stay Informed:

Learn your community's warning system.

Know the difference between a watch and a warning. A tornado watch means a tornado is possible in your area; a tornado warning means a tornado has been spotted in your area, and you need to take shelter immediately.

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Monitor NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio, television and the Internet to stay informed of severe weather conditions. Make sure you have a way to receive alerts if you are at home, at work or on the go. Find out if your cell phone can receive Wireless Emergency Alerts.

It's also crucial to monitor storms by following local forecasts and purchasing a NOAA Weather Radio. For preparedness on the go, download the free Ready Georgia mobile app, which includes severe weather alerts, safety information, locations of open shelters and stream gauge data near your location.

More information is available here on the Ready Georgia website.

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