Gov. Sonny Perdue has proclaimed Severe Weather Awareness Week in Georgia. The observance’s goal is to encourage Georgians to practice emergency preparedness and response procedures for severe weather events. Among the details of a disaster plan:
• Post emergency telephone numbers by phones.
• Install safety features in your house, such as a NOAA Weather Radio, smoke detectors and fire extinguishers.
• Have family members learn basic safety measures such as CPR and first-aid and how to use a fire extinguisher.
• Teach children how and when to call 911 or other emergency numbers;
• Keep supplies in your home to meet your family’s needs for at least three days.
• Assemble a disaster supplies kit with items you may need in case of an evacuation. Store these supplies in sturdy, easy-to-carry containers, such as backpacks or duffel bags;
• Keep important family documents in a waterproof container.
• Keep a smaller disaster supplies kit in the trunk of your car.