Are You Prepared for Winter Weather?
Winter Weather Preparedness Week Dec. 5-9
(Hiram, GA) – While many consider the snow and ice that accompanies the winter season to be scenic, people can forget that winter weather has the potential to devastate communities and affect thousands of people. Devastating, thick layers of snow and ice can shut down transportation in many parts of our state, making it important for all Georgia residents to be prepared. The Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency’s Ready Georgia campaign, along with Paulding County EMA, is urging Georgians to take time to get ready for potentially disastrous weather emergencies this winter.
“Winter Weather Preparedness Week is a great time to update plans for potential severe winter weather hazards,” said Joey Pelfrey, EMA Director for Paulding County. “Since winter weather in Paulding County can be unpredictable, we recommend everyone check readiness kits this week to make sure everything is still working and useable.”
Winter storms are “deceptive killers” because most deaths are indirectly related to storms, according to the National Weather Service. Instead, people die because of events like traffic accidents on icy roads and hypothermia from prolonged exposure to cold. Winter Weather Preparedness Week, from Dec. 5-9, was created to raise awareness of winter weather hazards and reinforce understanding of associated terminology.
Throughout the week, Ready Georgia and Paulding County EMA encourage all Georgians to prepare for severe weather and replenish necessary supplies among other necessary steps. Each day focuses on different aspects of severe winter weather and provides critical information for preparedness, including these tips:
Paulding County residents looking for more information on how to be informed, make a plan and build a kit for winter weather can contact Paulding Co. EMA Coordinator Stephen Dooley 678-383-3421 or visit Ready Georgia's website. For preparedness on the go, download the Ready Georgia mobile app.
Ready Georgia is a statewide campaign designed to educate and empower Georgians to prepare for and respond to natural disasters, pandemic outbreaks, potential terrorist attacks and other large-scale emergencies. The campaign aims to prepare citizens for maintaining self-sufficiency for at least 72 hours following an emergency, and uses an interactive website (www.ready.ga.gov), free mobile app, broadcast and print advertising and public awareness media messaging to reach its audiences.
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