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Atlanta-Fulton County Emergency Management Agency is joining Georgia’s statewide Winter Weather Preparedness Week, and encourages all residents to take steps now to prepare their homes, vehicles and businesses for winter weather in coming weeks and months. Join the #GetYourWinterOn Tweet Chat, December 4 at 3 p.m.

December 1-5, 2014 has been proclaimed as Winter Weather Preparedness Week in Georgia in efforts to educate citizens about the dangers of winter weather and how to always be prepared. 

Atlanta-Fulton County Emergency Management Agency will host a live twitter chat on Thursday, December 4, 2014, to discuss winter readiness, how to prepare for inclement weather, and best practices for dealing with weather related emergency situations.

The Fulton County Emergency Management office will pose questions and provide answers for citizens concerning winterizing homes, learning terms used to identify winter weather, developing a family communication plan, preparing a winter ready kit for cars, and how to handle emergency situations. 

All citizens are urged to participate, and can be a part of the conversation using the #GetYourWinterOn hashtag on Twitter.

Live Twitter Chat on Winter Readiness

Thursday, December 4, 2014, 3:00 – 4:00pm EST



About Winter Readiness
Georgia is vulnerable to extreme cold weather and winter storms that can bring snow and ice, sleet, and freezing rain, which can damage property, disrupt travel, and cause power outages. 

As many winter storm deaths are indirectly related to the storms themselves in the form of traffic accidents on icy roads or hypothermia from prolonged exposure to cold temperatures, AFCEMA is working with community partners to help residents prepare for and respond to winter weather emergencies.

Here are tips to help residents “Get Your Ready On!” in preparation for Winter Weather. 

Know Your Winter Weather Terms

 A winter storm watch is issued when significant winter weather (i.e. 2 inches or more of snow, ½ inch or more of sleet, ¼ inch or more of freezing rain, or a combination of these events) is possible, but not imminent. This is the time to prepare.

A winter weather advisory indicates that winter weather is imminent and may cause inconveniences; monitor media for your local impacts. This is the time to put your winter weather safety plan into action.

A winter storm warning is issued when a significant winter storm (i.e., 2 inches or more of snow, ½ inch or more of sleet, ¼ inch or more of freezing rain, or a combination of these events)  is imminent and is a dangerous threat to life and property. This is the time to put your winter weather safety plan into action.

Get Informed
Fulton County residents are encouraged to enroll in Code Red for emergency alert notifications.  To sign up, log on to www.fultoncountyga.gov and click on “Code Red” on the right side of the home page.

In addition, residents are encouraged to have a NOAA Weather Radio for weather alerts during inclement weather.

Get Your Home Ready
Prepare a Ready kit of emergency supplies for your home. Include a three-day supply of nonperishable food, water, a flash light with extra batteries, a NOAA Weather Radio, adequate clothing and blankets to keep you warm, as well as additional supplies for the unique needs of your family, such as medication.

Get Your Car Ready
Keep a Ready kit in the trunk of your car. In addition to the basic essentials, consider adding a portable cell phone charger, ice scraper, extra blanket, sand for traction and jumper cables.

For more readiness tips, log on to www.afcema.com.


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