Preparing for severe weather

Macon, GA -- Friday wraps up Severe Weather Preparedness Week in Georgia and this week saw what mother nature is capable of.

Taylor and Talbot counties were faced with tornado warnings and severe weather on Wednesday and Macon saw up to an inch-and-half of rain.

Severe weather can come at any time and that's why Governor Nathan Deal declared February 5 - 9 as the week of going over preparations.

As we approach what is typically the most active part of the year for severe weather, Severe Weather Preparedness Week provides an excellent opportunity to learn more about the dangers of severe weather, as well as knowing how and when to take proper actions when severe weather is expected and hits.

"The emergency management agency is the agency within Macon-Bibb county that's charged with preparing for, responding to and recovering from all manners of disasters that may overwhelm all of our county resources and commitments," says Spencer Hawkins, Emergency Management Director of Macon-Bibb County.

According to the EMA website, there are three simple steps to be prepared.

The first is to have a plan.

"It's important to have a plan because when the disaster strikes usually it happens very quickly and it can be a very confusing, very fast moving moment. You want to make sure what to do and make sure your family knows what to do so you can work together to keep everyone safe," said Hawkins.

He also says to have a location where the family can meet both in the house and out, in case if you get separated.

Next, have a plan.

"Your emergency kit, first and foremost, is water. You want to have non-perishable foods, a weather radio that will help you keep informed about what's going on and when severe weather strikes," said Hawkins. "You want to have flashlights, in case the power goes out. You also want to make sure you have fun things to do because if you do lose power or there's something going on , you don' have TV or XBOX or anything like that, some board games cards games, coloring books for the kids go a long way."

Also, make sure you have the list of medicines and special requirements for you family.

Have important phone numbers handy in case of an emergency.

And lastly, stay informed.

"One of the best resources, and this goes to the third part of our plan of being informed is an MDC alert," said Hawkins. "It is a free service we provide to everyone in Macon-Bibb county that they can sign up and create a free account. The text messages, email and actually phone calls directly to their office or home land-lines about severe and dangerous weather.

In the meantime, stay up to date with all the latest weather by downloading our WGXA weather app, available on both iPhone and Android.

To find more information about staying prepared or blank forms to fill-out with important information, you can visit the Macon-Bibb EMA website.

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