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Three tornadoes since January, how to prep

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - It was just about a month ago with a couple was hit hard by a tornado in Alma, Georgia, they lost everything and were hospitalized. And , although we are weeks away from the most active months of tornadoes, it is always best to be prepared.

These powerful tornadoes can tear anything up so it's vital you know what to do if one is spotted in your area.  Deputy Director at Albany-Dougherty EMA/911 center, Jim Vaught, says when they look at disasters that could fall in the area tornadoes are listed as one of the top four threats.

Vaught recommends having a kit, inside it should contain but not limited to: a battery-powered or hand crank radio, weather radio, flashlight, first aid, and whistle to signal for help. 

Emergency officials say figure out in advance where you will take shelter, places with no windows are best such as storm cellars or basements. If these are not available lie flat in a ditch or other low-lying area.

It's important to always stay informed and know the difference between a tornado watch and warning. A watch means a tornado is possible in your area, a warning indicates it has been spotted. and you need to take cover.

 "What am I going to do in an event like that? You need to be prepared ahead of time so you know what do to, and try to keep yourself out of harms way. And not be part of the problem but part of the solution," Vaught said. 

That's why today schools in Dougherty County will be participating in a tornado drill. School officials feel it's an important part of their education. 

"Of any emergency situation is having proper communication and having channels open. We use a UHF radio backup to our schools so we can communicate with them through radio waves that aren't as crowded as cell phone networks," Public Relations coordinator RD Harter said.

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