Time to prepare for a busy six-month hurricane season

5/26/2011, 8:49 p.m.
June 1 signals the start of the Atlantic hurricane season, and with the May 22...

June 1 signals the start of the Atlantic hurricane season, and with the May 22 tornados destruction in Joplin, Missouri still vivid in everyones mind, Georgia Emergency Management (GEMA) is encouraging all Georgians to be prepared.

Weather watchers are expecting this hurricane season, which runs June to November, to be busier than normal and while hurricanes do not regularly make landfall in Georgia, the states location along the Atlantic Ocean and its proximity to the Gulf Coast mean communities across the state are at risk should a storm fall anywhere along the coast.

Storms that form in the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico have the potential to bring storm surge, high winds, tornadoes and inland flooding across Georgia. GEMA interactive preparedness resources are available at www.ready.ga.gov.

Dan Stowers, GEMAs planning director, said that being prepared before a hurricane hits is the only way to ensure that you and your family will be ready.

By knowing your vulnerability and what actions you should take, you can reduce the effects of a hurricane disaster, he said in May 23 statement. Take the time to learn basic safety rules and preparation tips for these storms.

Ready Georgia recent research indicate that 72 percent of Georgians do not know designated evacuation routes from their community, and 87 percent are not fully prepared with a Ready kit of emergency supplies or a communications plan in place. Another 74 percent do not have a NOAA Weather Radio to warn of advancing threats.

At www.ready.ga.gov, users can create a Ready kit checklist and communications plan, get detailed information about hurricane-related hazards. protection tips and find local evacuation routes.