Brookhaven recommends planning ahead for severe weather
Brookhaven, GA, May. 2, 2017 –The City of Brookhaven reminds all residents that peak spring storm season is well underway, and now is an excellent time to get prepared for any severe weather event.
“In the coming months, afternoon and evening thunderstorms with lightning, strong winds, intense rain and even tornadoes can develop rapidly. The effects of these severe weather events can include property damage, community disruption, injuries and loss of life,” said Brookhaven Emergency Management Coordinator Paul White. “Last year there were 38 fatalities in the U.S. caused by lightning strikes alone.”
White encourages Brookhaven residents and businesses to review their emergency plans, using the following as tools:
- Be Informed – Purchase a NOAA weather radio for 24/7 severe weather watches and warnings, and make sure the batteries are working properly. Have cell phones and personal devices set for automatic alerts.
- Make a Plan – Prepare a disaster plan that includes a family or business owner list of response actions like communication, sheltering and home electrical/utility protection procedures.
- Build an Emergency Ready Kit – A good kit should contain a minimum of a 72-hour supply of food and water, first aid kit that includes prescription medicines, extra clothing/blankets, important documents and eating utensils with paper cups and plates.
More information about severe weather conditions can be found at the National Weather Service website here: https://www.weather.gov/ffc/svrclimo.
More information regarding weather emergency preparedness information for homeowners and businesses can be found at Georgia Power’s website at www.georgiapower.com/in-your-community/strm-center.
More information about home emergency supply kits can be found at the Department of Homeland Security website here: https://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit.
Director of Communications
Ann Marie Quill