Emergency Management & Severe Weather Preparedness
Preparing for Severe Weather
Although tornadoes occur in many parts of the world, they most commonly occur in the United States east of the Rocky Mountains during the spring and summer months. Nearly 800 tornadoes are reported each year. These result in nearly 100 deaths and 1600 injuries. Wind speeds can exceed 250 miles per hour and can do extensive damage to homes and businesses. Individuals should prepare now for the upcoming severe weather season by following the severe weather tips listed below.
Metro Atlanta experienced tremendous damage from tornadoes in the spring of 1998. Many residents were prepared, saving countless lives.
Severe Weather Safety Tips
Prior to the Storm
A disaster kit at a minimum should include the following:
Weather Watches and Warnings
When Do Sirens Sound
After careful review, the Department of Fire and Emergency Services has made some modifications to our policy regarding the sounding of weather warning sirens. Sirens will sound under the following conditions,
Preparing a Disaster Supplies Kit
As we are scurrying around getting the state ready for Hurricane Ivan, be sure that you've got your own disasters supplies on hand, just in case . . .
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Fayette County is recognized by the National Weather Service as a StormReady county. The StormReady Program has been developed to assist jurisdictions with the specifics of hazardous weather response. Specific information on the StormReady Program and Fayette County's participation is available for review.
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