HENRY COUNTY, GA- February 1, 2018--The Henry County Board of Commissioners is joining the Henry County Emergency Management Agency (EMA), Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA), the State of Georgia and the National Weather Service in observing February 5 through 9 as Severe Weather Preparedness Week. Severe Weather Preparedness Week encourages Georgians to take action to prepare for severe weather. This yearly observance is designed to educate Georgians about weather-related topics, including family preparedness, NOAA weather radios, the dangers of thunderstorms, tornadoes, lightning and floods, and is an excellent time for families to learn emergency preparedness and response procedures for all types of severe weather.

From tornadoes to lightning to floods, and even this year’s recent snow storm, Georgia is susceptible to a variety of natural disasters. Severe weather is dangerous and can strike with very little warning, which is why it’s important to be ready in advance.

Severe Weather Preparedness Week is a great time to make sure you and your family are prepared and each day focuses on a different weather-related topic:

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

Tuesday, Feb. 6 – Thunderstorm Safety 

Wednesday, Feb. 7 – Tornado Safety

Thursday, Feb. 8 – Lightning Safety 

Friday, Feb. 9 – Flood Safety

The week’s activities begin with Family Preparedness Day on Feb. 5, when Henry County households are encouraged to program their NOAA Weather Radios and create Ready Profiles. With a Ready Profile, families can create a customized checklist of emergency supplies and a tailored family communications plan. It’s also important to keep mind that during severe weather, emergency workers might need at least three days to open roadways and restore utilities. If you are prepared to survive independently, it not only helps your family, it also frees up resources to quickly deal with the most urgent threats.

Another valuable tool for Henry County residents is the emergency notification application called CodeRED. Sign up to receive these notifications through the county website at henrycounty-ga.org. We also recommend NOAA a Weather Radio as standard operating equipment in every home.

NOAA Weather Radio is a nationwide network of radio stations dedicated to broadcasting continuous weather information directly from a nearby National Weather Service office.

For more information about how to prepare for weather emergencies, please visit henrycounty-ga.org under the Emergency Services and E-911 tab or the Ready Georgia website at www.ready.ga.gov.