February 4th, which is next Monday, will mark the beginning of Severe Weather Awareness Week in Elbert County and the State of Georgia as well.
Elbert County EMA Director Chuck Almond details the purpose of the awareness week.
“We like to bring attention to different weather patterns that we see in the spring time and later winter”, said Almond. “Its to help create a plan of action for homes, businesses, and government agencies on how to deal with these patterns.”
The week’s activities will begin with Family Preparedness Day, which encourages households to check the batteries on their weather radios, create checklists of emergency supplies, and a family communication plan.
Almond says that each day focuses on different types of weather events to be prepared for.
“Each day of that week they identify a specific task or interest that they would like for families to focus on, and to figure out a way to respond to it appropriately”, said Almond.
He says that the Elbert County EMA will be actively involved throughout the entire week.
“For us locally we will do some PSA, and we are always in contact with the local school system to make sure they have practiced their plans”, explained Almond. “We also reach out to our local hospital and nursing homes, and make sure they are prepared as well.”
Severe Weather Awareness Week runs from February 4th until February 8th.