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Atlanta-Fulton Emergency Management Agency Urges Residents to Prepare for Winter Weather | Print |

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for north Georgia including Fulton County, from February 10 from 7 p.m. to February 11 at 7 p.m. In addition, the metro area is currently under a Winter Storm Watch from February 11 at 7 p.m. until February 13 at 7 p.m.  Residents should expect possible accumulation of snow and ice as well as potential loss of power.

 

The Atlanta-Fulton Emergency Management Agency Fulton County advises all residents to get prepared and stay informed to stay safe during this severe weather event.

Stay Informed with Code Red

Fulton County uses Code Red to provide emergency information.  Residents can receive information through Code Red via text message, email or voice mail.  Enroll in Code Red today for updates regarding:

  • Road and Bridge Closings
  • Dangerous Roads and Bridges
  • Warming Sites
  • County Facility Closings

To enroll, log on to www.fultoncountyga.gov and click on “Code Red” on the right side of the screen.

Know Your Winter Weather Terminology

Residents should stay informed about weather predictions.  Here are a few terms from the National Weather Service that can help residents interpret weather updates:

—  Winter Storm Watch - 50% + chance of significant winter storm

—  Winter Weather Advisory - 80% + chance of a winter precipitation event, causing inconveniences but does not meet warning criteria

—  Winter Storm Warning - 80% + chance of a winter event having a least one predominant hazard expected to cause a significant impact (2+ inches of snow in 12 hours, ½+ in of sleet, ¼+ inch of freezing rain)

—  Ice Storm Warning - 80% + chance of ¼” or more of freezing rain

Get Ready

Make sure you have the basics to sustain your household until the inclement weather passes. The following list is provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help with preparations. A more in-depth preparation check-list can be found at http://1.usa.gov/1ehDeXC.

Communication Checklist

Make sure you have at least one of the following methods of communication in case there is a power failure:

  1. Cell phone, portable charger, and extra batteries.
  2. Battery-powered radio, with extra batteries, for listening to local emergency instructions

§  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radio receiver for listening to National Weather Service broadcasts.

Heating Checklist

Turning on the stove for heat is not safe; have at least one of the following heat sources in case the power goes out:

  • Extra blankets, sleeping bags, and warm winter coats
  • Fireplace with plenty of dry firewood or a gas log fireplace
  • Portable space heaters or kerosene heaters

Cooking and Lighting Checklist

  • Use battery-powered flashlights or lanterns.
  • Never use charcoal grills or portable gas camp stoves indoors. The fumes are deadly.
  • Avoid using candles as these can lead to house fires.
  • If you do use candles, never leave lit candles alone.

Food and Safety Checklist

Have three days or a week’s worth of food and safety supplies. Make sure you have the following supplies:

  •        Drinking water
  •        Canned/no-cook food (bread, crackers, dried fruits)
  •        Non-electric can opener
  •        Baby food and formula (if baby in the household)
  •        Prescription drugs and other medicine
  •        First-aid kit
  •        Rock-salt to melt ice on walkways
  •        Supply of cat litter or bag of sand to add traction on walkways
  •        Flashlight and extra batteries
  •        Battery-powered lamps or lanterns (To prevent the risk of fire, avoid using candles.)

Water Checklist

  • Keep a water supply. Extreme cold can cause water pipes in your home to freeze and sometimes break.
  • Leave all water taps slightly open so they drip continuously.
  • Keep the indoor temperature warm.
  • Allow more heated air near pipes. Open kitchen cabinet doors under the kitchen sink.
  • If your pipes do freeze, do not thaw them with a torch. Thaw the pipes slowly with warm air from an electric hair dryer.

Car and Emergency Checklist

Minimize travel, but if travel is necessary, keep the following in your vehicle:

  •        Cell phone, portable charger, and extra batteries
  •        Shovel
  •        Windshield scraper
  •        Battery-powered radio with extra batteries
  •        Flashlight with extra batteries
  •        Water
  •        Snack food
  •        Extra hats, coats, and mittens
  •        Blankets

By getting ready and staying informed, residents can keep themselves and their families safe.

 
 

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