Severe Weather Preparedness Week, February 4-8

February 4-8, 2019 is Severe Weather Preparedness Week in Georgia. Each day of the week, Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMA) will share topics for different severe weather threats. On Wednesday, February 6, the Statewide PrepareAthon and Tornado Safety Drill will be held. ​To learn more, visit gema.georgia.gov/ and download or update the Ready Georgia app mobile app through the app store.

BE INFORMED

GET READY FOR EXTREME WEATHER AND NATURAL DISASTERS

Georgia experiences an incredibly broad range of weather — everything from tornadoes to hurricanes with the occasional ice storm and even an earthquake. Learn more about protecting yourself in the face of severe weather and other emergencies. Keep this information with you all the time by downloading the Ready Georgia app.

ALERTS AND WARNINGS

Today’s technologies make it easier than ever to stay weather aware. Learn more about your options for receiving severe weather warnings, even while you sleep. Read more

DROUGHT

Help combat drought effects by conserving water and energy. Read more…

EARTHQUAKES

Although rare in Georgia, they do occur from time to time. Identify potential hazards ahead of time and know what steps to take during an earthquake to significantly reduce your chance of injury and property damage. Read more…

EXPLOSIONS

Explosions usually occur suddenly, so it’s important to learn in advance how to respond to an explosion and its aftermath. Read more…

EXTREME HEAT

A heat wave is a period of abnormally and uncomfortably hot and unusually humid weather typically lasting two or more days. Extreme heat can be deadly. Learn how to keep yourself safe when temperatures soar. Read more…

FLOODS AND FLASH FLOODS

Flooding is common after spring rains or heavy thunderstorms. Learn how to stay safe when waters are rising. Read more…

HOUSE FIRES

Each year, household fires cause nearly 3,000 deaths and more than 12,000 injuries nationwide. Many residential fire-related deaths can be prevented through planning and proper response. Learn the critical steps to prepare and keep your family safe. Read more…

HURRICANES

As a coastal state, Georgia is particularly at risk for hurricanes. Storms that form in the southern Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico have the potential to affect our state. Every resident – not just those who live along the coast — should know how to stay safe when hurricanes strike. Read more…

PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCIES

Public health emergencies can strike at any time. Chemical threats. Biological threats. Ebola. Learn about the risks and what action you should take when these emergencies occur. Read more…

TERRORISM

Terrorism is a deliberate use of violence against civilians for political or religious means. Prepare for terrorist threats and learn how to stay safe in the event of an attack. Read more…

THUNDERSTORMS AND LIGHTNING

All thunderstorms are dangerous because they can produce strong winds, lightning, tornadoes, hail and flash flooding. But because they are so common, people often become complacent and fail to take safety precautions. Learn more about staying safe when you face a threatening storm. Read more…

TORNADOES

Tornadoes are nature’s most violent storms. They can appear without warning and can be invisible until dust and debris are picked up or a funnel cloud appears. Planning and practicing specifically how and where you take shelter can be the difference between life and death. Read more…

WILDFIRES

More and more people are making their homes in wooded settings near forests and remote mountains sites. There, homeowners enjoy the beauty of the environment, but face the very real danger of wildfires. Read more…

WINTER ADVISORIES AND ICE STORMS

While the danger from winter weather varies across the state, most Georgians are likely to face some type of severe winter weather at some point in their lives. Preparation and good decision making are critical to staying safe when winter weather strikes. Read more…

State of Georgia New & Improved Vehicle Cost Comparison Estimator!

Georgia Department of Administrative Services, Office of Fleet Management has a New & Improved Vehicle Cost Comparison Estimator! This tool allows state employees to determine the best travel options for business. After entering travel details such as, pickup date, length of rental, and vehicle type, the Vehicle Cost Comparison Tool will compare the reimbursement rates of travel in a personal to a rental vehicle. With a new look and new features that allow more accurate estimations, users are sure to love these improvements! For more information, visit: www.doas.ga.gov/fleet-management

Get Winter Weather Ready!

Winter officially begins on December 21, but we’ve already caught a small glimpse of what an impact winter weather can have on our daily activities. Winter storms and cold weather can be dangerous, but proper preparations can leave you 10 steps ahead of any extreme weather. Here’s a few tips on how to get winter ready, and beat the cold this season!

  • Keep your home winter proof by installing weather stripping, insulation, and storm windows.
  • Layer up! Wear thicker, long sleeved clothing; along with scarves, hats, and gloves.
  • Keep children cozy and properly dressed for cold conditions.
  • Keep your mobile devices charged.
  • Have a backup electrical source in the case of a power outage.
  • Don’t forget the pets! Bring them inside and keep them cozy through the cold months.

For more information on winter safety, visit: www.ready.ga.gov/