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Forsyth EMA to participate in Severe Weather Preparedness Week
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A week after local schools and governments closed due to forecasts of snow and freezing temperatures, Forsyth County will have a special focus on bad weather this week.

Forsyth County Emergency Management Agency is partnering with the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency for Severe Weather Preparedness Week Feb. 4-8, when each day will have a theme of a different weather threat and how to get ready for it.

“I urge all of our residents to take this time now to prepare when there are not any severe weather events,” said EMA Director Chris Grimes in a news release. “Having a plan in place before any emergency is key and we hope that residents will take this time to create or update their family plans.”

The focus of each day will be: family preparedness and NOAA weather radio day on Monday; thunderstorm safety on Tuesday, tornado safety and PrepareAthon for Tornado Safety on Wednesday, lighting safety on Thursday and flood safety on Friday.

The most noticeable of the events will be on Wednesday, when the EMA will take part in a statewide tornado drill at 9:10 a.m. The drill will only be held if there is good weather.

 “Severe weather preparedness week is also an optimal time to sign up for emergency alerts,” Grimes said.

For the other days, information and tips for emergency preparedness will be posted on the county’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Locals can also sign up for emergency notifications through email, phone call and text messaging. To sign up, got to Forsythco.com under “Emergency and Weather Alerts” on the homepage.

Officials also recommend the Ready Georgia mobile app, which provides access to emergency preparedness tools.

For more information, call the Forsyth County Emergency Management Agency office at (770) 205-5674. Questions about the weather alerts can be sent to alerts@forsythco.com, and other questions about emergency preparedness can go to EMA@forsythco.com