GEMA urges early preparation for cold weather

ATLANTA (WTOC) - The Georgia Emergency Management Agency's Ready Georgia campaign recommends residents start preparing now for lower temperatures and winter weather conditions.

Earlier this year, a severe winter storm blanketed parts of the state, which caused road closures and transporation problems, according to GEMA.

The agency recommends residents use the Ready Georgia campaign to prepare for winter advisories and ice storms before they happen.

GEMA offered these winter weather preparation tips:

  • Prepare a kit of emergency supplies for the home and car that includes clothing and blankets.
  • Make sure there's weather stripping around doors and windows. Allowing faucets to drip during cold weather to prevent freezing and opening cabinet doors to let heat reach uninsulated pipes under sinks and appliances near exterior walls.
  • Winterize your vehicle and keep the gas tank at least half full to prevent the fuel line from freezing.

GEMA recommends this tips for creating a winter weather plan:

  • Plan to stay out of severe winter weather conditions for up to three days. If trapped outside during severe winter try to stay dry, cover all body parts, periodically move limbs to keep blood circulating.
  • Avoid driving in icy conditions. If you get stuck, stay with your car. Leave the overhead lights on when the engine is running so you can be seen.
  • Bring pets inside and store adequate food and water for them.
  • Create an emergency communications plan so family members will know who to contact if separated during a storm. Have at least one out-of-town contact on that list.
  • Get familiar with terms used to describe winter hazards such as freezing rain, sleet, winter weather advisory, winter storm watch and winter storm warning.
  • Know the symptoms of frostbite and hypothermia.

For more winter storm prep tips go to For preparedness on the go, download Ready Georgia's free mobile app.

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