The Governor of Georgia, Nathan Deal has issued the following proclamation. He has proclaimed February 7-11, 2011, Severe Weather Awareness Week. With the recent winter weather fresh on many people’s minds, the governor and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency /Homeland Security encourage all Georgians to participate in this year’s Severe Weather Awareness Week by turning to the state’s Ready Georgia campaign.
Sandy Springs Police Chief Terry Sult, has stated, “It’s important that you be ready for severe weather that any time of the year can bring. Storms, flooding and tornadoes can be devastating, but if we take time to prepare ahead of them, we can prevent a lot of the devastation.”
The Sandy Springs Police Department and the City of Sandy Springs have offered several ways to stay connected during an emergency. An easy thing to do to get started is to program a NOAA Weather Radio and create a Ready Profile at www.ready.ga.gov. Residents can also get a customized checklist of emergency supplies and a tailored family communications plan at the website, Chief Sult added.
Residents should familiarize themselves with the following systems.
Code Red:Code Red is a reverse 911 system that will automatically call residents and businesses with a recorded warning from the National Weather Service if a severe weather warning is issued for the area. Anyone who wishes to receive a phone call on their land line or mobile phone may enter or update their information at the following link: www.sandyspringsga.org.
Swift 911™: SWIFT 911™ is a high-speed notification system that, in the event of an emergency, contacts every household and/or phone number of those who have signed up either by telephone, email, text or pager. Because this program uses a map of Sandy Springs in a grid, calls can alternatively be made to specific neighborhoods with information affecting only that area. To ensure contact is made, the system can continue calling a home until a person answers the call or it is picked up by an answering machine. To sign up, visit: www.sandyspringsga.org.
Smart911:Smart911 is a free service, providing users with the ability to enter a minimum data set of information they want to make available to 9-1-1 call takers through a secure website. A person does not have to be a resident of Sandy Springs to enter information. The online information is delivered automatically to a 9-1-1 operator when a 9-1-1 call is placed. This same information can be accessed by emergency responders as well. To sign up, visit: www.sandyspringsga.org.
Some ways to prepare for an emergency are
- Make a Ready kit of emergency supplies for your home, car and office. Most of the recommended items are inexpensive and easy to find, and any one of them could save your life.
- Water: at least three gallons per person for drinking and sanitation
- Food: at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food Manual can opener if kit contains canned food
- Battery-powered or hand crank NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Specific items for children, family members’ special needs or pet supplies
- Cash or travelers checks
- Important documents in a waterproof container
- Blankets and warm clothes
Plan for Severe Weather
- Be sure every family member knows important phone numbers for schools, offices, home and emergency services.
- Identify an out-of town contact. It might be easier to make a long-distance phone call than to call in town, so an out-of-town contact is in a better position to communicate among separated family members.
- Identify a meeting place near your home where family members can meet if separated during severe weather.
- Know your insurance policies and whether your home is in a flood zone.
Stay Informed about Severe Weather:
- Find out what type of disasters could occur and how you should respond.
- Familiarize yourself with the terms that are used to identify severe weather, such as advisories, watches and warnings.
- Monitor NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio, television and the Internet to stay informed of severe weather conditions.