Today Governor Deal officially declared February 4th-8th Georgia Severe Weather Awareness Week. The National Weather Service in Peachtree City has been using this plan for years, where each day of the week is dedicated to a severe weather topic.
Monday is Family Preparedness Day. This is when every family should make sure they have a safe place to go to and a plan in place in case people become separated during the storm.This is also when you should test your weather radio to make sure it still works, and is programed correctly.
Tuesday is Thunderstorm Safety Day, and this is a great time to brush up on severe weather terminology (i.e. advisories vs. watches vs. warnings).
Wednesday is Tornado Safety Day. On this day most schools run through their tornado drills for the teachers and students. This is also a good day to run through your family plan you made on Monday to make sure everyone knows.
Thursday is Lightning Safety Day. The 5 to 1 flash-bang rule is often explained today referring to how long you count between the flash of lightning to the bang of thunder to know how far away the storm is.
Finally, Friday is Flooding Safety Day. Turn Around Don't Drown is the famous slogan often used to teach people to not tempt fate by driving, running, biking, and/or swimming through flooded areas.
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