It’s been a rough day for a lot of people…especially if you live in or around Adairsville, GA where a tornado touched down earlier today (UPDATE: Rome was hit as well. Governor Deal has declared a state of emergency in Bartow and Gordon Counties.). Please pray for those affected, and consider donating to the relief agency of your choice as they help those affected by the storms.
Today’s weather should remind those of us who were not affected to the extent as some of our fellow Georgians the importance of being alert and prepared for an emergency. I observed on Facebook last night that there were a lot of folks afraid of the impending weather. I believe folks respect and a healthy fear of severe weather, but not to the point of where you’re panicking or paralyzed from fear.
February is Severe Weather Awareness Month. Amateur radio operators are preparing through various training exercises from the local level all the way up to the state level:
The month of February is “Severe Weather Awareness Month” in Georgia to prepare for the tornado season in the state. In response to the awareness month, Georgia ARES Statewide Net will be controlled by the National Weather Service. In addition, many local SKYWARN nets will operate in a weather awareness mode.
On February 6th, The State of Georgia will observe a Statewide Tornado Drill. Georgia ARES will spring into action with the Georgia ARES Statewide HF Net on 3975 kHz called into session at 8:00 A.M. The ARES Net will continue in operation until all business is complete and the Drill is over.
All stations are ask to check into the Statewide Net as well as local SKYWARN and local ARES Nets.
We’re coming up on the months that tend to be biggies for severe weather in Georgia. Be alert. Be prepared.
*A spotter is someone who relays information to their local National Weather Service office and uses common sense to seek shelter when a severe weather warning is issued…this *does not* mean you’re licensed to be a storm chaser. Don’t try to chase storms….just don’t do it.