- Written by Brian Keahl
- Category: Emergency Communications
- Published: 04 February 2021
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Various National Weather Service offices sponsor severe weather weeks, and the Peachtree City office usually hosts theirs during the first or second week of February.
Each day covers a different topic related to weather safety. As potential resources during severe weather as storm spotters, safety at home must always come first, and is a necessary prerequisite to being able to spot and participate in severe weather nets.
This year's topics are: Family Preparedness, Thunderstorm Safety, Tornado Safety, Lightning Safety, and Flood Safety.
Family Preparedness - More Information.
- Make A Plan - Ensuring the family is all on the same page regarding where to go and what to do in different circumstances.
- Build A Kit - Have items you'll need during an emergency, such as flash lights, first-aid kits, water, food, games to entertain the kids, etc.
- Be Informed - Have at least one weather radio handy, and an amateur radio as well.
Thunderstorm Safety - More Information.
- Be Aware - Make it a point to know when severe weather is possible, and monitor for watches and warnings.
- A Safe Room - Part of the Family Plan should be a specified place to go when severe weather
Tornado Safety - More Information.
- Be Prepared - The Red Cross has a Check List that may help with your Family Plan.
- Learn - What to do if you're in your car, at home, or out on foot.
Lightning Safety - More Information.
- Lightning is a leading cause of weather fatalities, learn why.
- Learn about how to be safe at home, on the road, and outdoors.
Flooding Safety - More Information.
- Flooding has occurred before in our area, and is a high-probability event.
- Develop a flood safety check list.
- Learn more from the NWS.
Finally, If you haven't taken a NWS storm spotting class, or haven't had a refresher, consider visiting the NWS Storm Spotting Information Page. Storm Spotting knowledge and the resulting ability to recognize potentially hazardous conditions is also great for enhancing the safety of your family.