2018-02-07 / Other Jenkins News

EMA urges residents to prepare during Severe Weather Preparedness Week Feb. 5-9

Tornadoes, thunderstorms, floods and other severe weather events can strike with little to no warning in Jenkins County. Severe Weather Preparedness Week, February 5-9, is the ideal time for residents and their families to prepare for the possibility of a disaster.

Each day during the week will focus on a different severe weather threat faced by Georgians. Jenkins County Emergency Management& Homeland Security Agency is encouraging all residents to dedicate time to practicing emergency response procedures and learn how to deal with each potential disaster.

“Severe weather can be unpredictable and extremely dangerous,” said. Alvin Burke, Director Jenkins County EMA-HS. “By taking steps to prepare before it strikes, you can ensure that you and your family stay safe. I encourage our County residents to implement safety measures at home and at work so they will be ready when severe weather strikes.”

Severe Weather Preparedness Week begins with Family Preparedness Day on Feb. 5, when Jenkins County households are encouraged to program their NOAA Weather Radios. All of the following days focus on a different threat and how to prepare.

Monday, Feb. 5 – Family Preparedness/NOAA Weather Radio Day

Tuesday, Feb. 6 – Thunderstorm Safety

Wednesday, Feb. 7 – Tornado Safety and PrepareAthon! For Tornado Safety

Thursday, Feb. 8 – Lightning Safety

Friday, Feb. 9 – Flood Safety (alternate PrepareAthon! For Tornado Safety date)

On Wednesday, when tornado safety is emphasized, residents, schools and businesses statewide are encouraged to participate in Ready Georgia’s PrepareAthon! For Tornado Safety, a statewide tornado drill.

For more information about Severe Weather Preparedness Week and events occurring locally, visit Jenkins County EMA Facebook Page or contact Alvin Burke 478-982- 2563.

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