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Severe Weather Awareness Week kicks off in Ga.

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CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) -

Severe Weather Awareness Week kicked off Feb. 4 with Family Preparedness Day/NOAA Weather Radio.

Each day of the week is dealing with a different severe weather topic, according to the Chatham Emergency Management Agency: 

At 9 a.m. Wednesday, CEMA will be conducting its monthly test of the outdoor warning sirens around Chatham County. The siren will not go off at noon during the test. There are 60 sirens around Chatham County, which cover 95 percent of the county. 

Georgia Emergency Management Agency runs the Ready Georgia campaign, which is a resource help residents make an emergency supply kit, develop a communications plan and stay informed of potential threats. GEMA and the National Weather Service encourages residents to buy a NOAA weather radio and identify an emergency family meeting place.

A 2012 survey revealed 71 percent of respondents have not yet arranged a family meeting place or reconnection plan, according to Ready Georgia data. Less than 30 percent of survey respondents own NOAA weather radios. In Georgia, approximately 98 percent of the state's population lives within range of NOAA Weather Radio coverage.

Sign up to receive text message alerts from CEMA by texting "ChathamEMA" to 40404 and hitting send. Get email alerts from CEMA by signing up at www.ChathamEmergency.org.

Ready Georgia offers the tools needed to make an emergency supply kit, develop a communications plan and stay informed about potential threats.

The Ready Georgia is website at www.ready.ga.gov. Website visitors can create an online profile to receive a tailored plan for the entire family that includes the specific amount of supplies to put in their household ready kits.

For more details on preparing for severe weather, go to www.ready.ga.gov and download Ready Georgia's free mobile app.

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