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Severe Weather Awareness Week is underway in Georgia. 

This year, the National Weather Service, the Georgia Emergency Management Agency and the Chatham Emergency Management have proclaimed Feb. 3-7 Severe Weather Awareness Week, a time set aside for everyone to consider the impact of severe weather and to make sure they have a plan mapped out.  

Each day of the week will focus on the following topics dealing with severe weather: 

  • Monday, Feb. 3 - Family Preparedness/NOAA Weather Radio
  • Tuesday, Feb. 4 - Thunderstorm Safety
  • Wednesday, Feb. 5 - Tornado Safety (CEMA will sound the Outdoor Emergency Warning Siren System Wednesday simultaneous with the Statewide Tornado Drill which generally begins at 9 a.m. The siren will sound for one minute.) If there is inclement weather occurring or threatening on February 5th, the backup date is Friday, February 7th, at 9 a.m. 
  • Thursday, Feb. 6 - Lightning Safety
  • Friday, Feb. 7 – Flooding (Alternate Drill Day) 

Also on Friday, a tornado drill has been scheduled for the Jacksonville area, which includes some southern parts of Georgia. Get details.

During the week, CEMA encourages all Chatham County residents to prepare with the following tips:

  • Set up a Twitter and Facebook account and follow ChathamEMA in order to receive important alerts when emergencies happen or disaster strikes; if you don't already have a Twitter account text to 40404 and in the body of the message type follow ChathamEMA and hit send
  • Sign up to receive email alerts from CEMA; sign up at
  • Learn how to text in case you need to summon help and you can't get a call out on your cell phone
  • Check your flashlights in your home and make sure they have working batteries
  • Put a roadside assistance kit in your car
  • Put a pocketsize first aid kit in your purse or briefcase
  • Teach your children how to use 911
  • Write down important contact numbers on a notepad in case your cell phone dies and you need to call someone
  • Figure out where you put your important documents to include social security cards and insurance papers and move them to a safe and collective location
  • Check your smoke detector batteries
  • Look under your kitchen sink to see what types of hazardous chemicals you have and whether or not you are properly storing the items
  • Clean up your yard; this is good protection from the storm season as well cleaning overgrown brush can prevent the spread of fire   

Severe Weather Awareness Week is also a time when CEMA reminds residents that they are probably more prepared than they think. Residents should think about how connected they are on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. Officials say that during an emergency, those sites are excellent ways for people to let others know they are ok.

This week is also a good time to learn about Chatham County's Emergency Outdoor Warning Siren System. Currently there are 60 sirens, covering 95-percent of the county. The outdoor warning sirens are used to notify residents about hazards such as explosions and tornadoes that would require them to take action. 

For more information about Severe Weather Awareness Week and planned activities, visit

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