Severe Weather Preparedness Week: February 6-10, 2017

February 3, 2017

Cherokee County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) encourages all citizens to prepare for severe weather which can occur at any time of the year; sometimes with little to no warning. On January 21 – 22, the southern half of the state, experienced the effects of a devastating outbreak of severe weather including strong tornadoes. With that still fresh in our minds, it’s important to make sure all our loved ones are as prepared as possible for any future severe weather events. Let’s use this preparedness week as a reminder of just how dangerous severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, lightning, and even flash flooding, can be across the state.

Next week (February 6-10) will be recognized by the state of Georgia as Severe Weather Preparedness Week.  Each day will cover a specific preparedness topic:

Monday, February 6: Family Preparedness (including NWR and Wireless Emergency Alerts)

Tuesday, February 7: Thunderstorm Safety (large hail/damaging wind)

Wednesday, February 8: Tornado Safety **including statewide Tornado Drill at 9 a.m.** (Cherokee County will NOT activate Outdoor Warning Sirens during the statewide drill; If you wish to participate in the drill, monitor your NOAA Weather Radio for the “Required Weekly Test” at 9 a.m. Additional information for participating in the drill can be found at the end of this email.  If there is a threat of severe weather, the drill will be postponed until Friday, February 10)

Thursday, February 9: Lightning Safety

Friday, February 10: Flash Flooding/Flood Safety

*Click here “Severe Weather Preparedness Week” (or paste this link in your internet browser: http://www.weather.gov/ffc/swpw_17) for more preparedness information from the National Weather Service. 

**IF YOU WISH TO PARTICIPATE IN THE STATEWIDE TORNADO DRILL:

ON DRILL DAY

For drill purposes, assume that a tornado watch is in effect early that morning. The NWS will not issue an actual tornado watch or warning, nor will radio and television stations activate the Emergency Alert System unless there is an actual severe weather event. Instead, at 9 a.m., NWS will issue its Required Weekly Test (RWT) on NOAA Weather Radio to simulate the tornado warning.

To determine when the drill begins, monitor the display screen on your NOAA Weather Radio for the RWT scroll. Some NOAA Weather Radio models sound a tone alert for a RWT, others don’t. If your Weather Radio receiver doesn’t sound a tone alert, begin the drill at 9 a.m. There will not be an all-clear message sent. The drill will conclude at 9:30 a.m. or whenever sheltering procedures have been adequately exercised.

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