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Georgia Severe Weather Awareness Day 2018

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October 31st is Georgia Severe Weather Awareness Day! In addition to a state-wide tornado drill, we are encouraging everyone to understand and practice what to do if there were a tornado warning in Chatham County! 

In 2017, Chatham County saw a high number of tornado occurrences that did cause significant damage to the areas where it touched down. In addition, in 2017, Georgia was the most active state in the county for tornadoes; yes, we beat out Tornado Alley! We know that tornadoes are absolutely possible here, so NOW is the time to prepare! 

TORNADO WATCH
A tornado watch is issued when conditions are favorable for a tornado to occur. 
Remain alert for approaching storms.This is time to remind family members where the safest places within your home are located, and listen to the radio or television for further developments.Be prepared to seek shelter.

TORNADO WARNING
A tornado warning is issued when a tornado has been sighted in the area.
Immediately seek safe shelter.

PRIOR TO THE THREAT
Before you are faced with the threat of a tornado, plan now and be prepared.

  • Conduct tornado drills each tornado season.
  • Designate an area in the home as a shelter.
  • Conduct tornado drills with your family.
  • Know the difference between a "watch" and a "warning."
  • Have Emergency Supplies on hand.
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Portable, battery-operated radio and extra batteries
  • First aid kit and manual
  • Emergency food and water
  • Non-electric can opener
  • Essential medicines
  • Cash and credit cards
  • Sturdy shoes

IF YOU SEE A TORNADO
A tornado is one of nature's most awe inspiring events. Be familiar with this information if in the event you spot a tornado.
  • Take cover immediately.Stay away from windows, doors, outside walls and open spaces.
  • Protect your head from falling objects or flying debris.
  • In public buildings, go to the pre-designated shelter areas.
  • In a vehicle, trailer, or mobile home, get out immediately and go to a more substantial structure.
  • Never get underneath a mobile home/trailer.
  • Seek shelter on foot if possible.
  • If there is no shelter nearby lie flat in the nearest ditch with your hands shielding your head.

DURING A TORNADO
If you are in an area when a tornado strikes the following information is provided to help in protecting your family.

If in a Building:
  • Go to the basement, storm cellar, or the lowest level of the building.
  • If no basement, go to an inner hallway or a smaller inner room without windows.
  • Get away from the windows.
  • Get under a piece of sturdy furniture.
  • Use arms to protect head and neck.
  • If in a mobile home, get out and find shelter elsewhere.
If Outside:
  • If possible, get inside a building.
  • If shelter is not available, lie in a ditch or crouch near a strong building.
  • Be aware of the potential for flooding.
  • Use arms to protect head and neck.
If in a Car:
  • Never try to out drive a tornado. Get out of the car and take shelter in a nearby building.
  • Be aware of the potential for flooding.
  • Use arms to protect head and neck.

Last Updated: October 31, 2018 9:41 AM

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