Severe Weather Week: Tornado Safety

- All week the FOX 5 Storm Team is noting Georgia Severe Weather Preparedness Week, and the need for Georgian to be prepared now ahead of a severe storm.

Each day has a different theme. Wednesday's is Tornado Safety..

Although tornadoes can occur during anytime of the year here in the South, spring in Georgia is the main tornado season. Primarily the months of March, April and May see the most activity with March and April being the most active. The average number of tornadoes per month are 3,3 and 2 respectively although those number can vary greatly from year to year. In fact if a major outbreak occurs we could be talking about several tornadoes across the state in just one day. Don't be caught off guard! Have  a plan to keep you and your family safe.

Learn more about the FOX 5 Storm Team app

The first thing you want to do is have a way to receive watches and warnings as they are issued. The best way to do that is to have a fully charged smartphone, and download the FOX 5 Storm Team App. Once you do so, go into settings and allow the App to send you push notifications and turn on the location service. That way your smartphone will alert you of watches and warnings no matter where you are. If you don't have a smartphone purchase a NOAA Weather Radio and make sure you program it for your county. 

What to do if a tornado is headed your way:

  • - Immediately go to the lowest level of a sturdy building. If you have a basement that is the best, but if you don't just make sure you are on the LOWEST level. 
  • - Once you are on the lowest level get inside an interior room or space away from both windows and exterior walls. Windows and exterior walls will be the first to fail and possibly cause injury. Bathrooms and closets can often be the best option. 
  • - Protect your head and feet by having a helmet and shoes on. The helmet will protect your head from flying debris, and the shoes will prevent your feet from getting cut by debris on the ground once you start moving around after the storm has passed.
  • - Make sure before the storm that your smartphone is fully charged, and that you have fresh batteries in your NOAA Weather Radio. 

We feel confident that if you do all of the above, you will give yourself an excellent chance to ride out the storm in the event a tornado occurs in your area.

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