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County to hold tornado drill on Wednesday as part of Severe Weather Preparedness Week
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A countywide tornado drill will be held on Wednesday as part of Severe Weather Preparedness Week, for the week of Feb. 3-7.

Forsyth County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) is partnering with the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency to encourage all residents to prepare for the potential weather disasters.

“Spring brings threats of high winds, hail, lightning and severe weather,” said EMA Director Chris Grimes. “Having a plan in place before any emergency, such as a tornado or severe weather, is key and we hope that residents will take this time to create or update their family plans.”

Each weekday will have a safety theme, with information available on the county’s social media pages.

•             Monday, Feb. 3 – Family Preparedness/NOAA Weather Radio Day;

•             Tuesday, Feb. 4 – Thunderstorm Safety;

•             Wednesday, Feb. 5 – Tornado Safety;

•             Thursday, Feb. 6 – Lightning Safety;

•             Friday, Feb. 7 – Flood Safety.

At 9:15 a.m. on Wednesday, Forsyth will take part in a statewide tornado drill. The drill will involve the county’s outdoor severe weather sirens and will be canceled if there is bad weather “to avoid any confusion.”

Grimes said “severe weather preparedness week is also an optimal time to sign up for emergency alerts,” which allows residents to receive phone, email or text message notifications for weather alerts such as severe thunderstorms, flashflood or tornado warnings.

The alerts can also let residents know about public safety and water notifications from the county.

To sign up for the alerts, go to Forsythco.com and click on the “Emergency & Weather Alerts” icon. More information can be found by contacting Forsyth EMA at (770) 205-5674 or alerts@forsythco.com.

Officials are also encouraging locals to download the Ready Georgia mobile app, which provides several emergency preparedness tools.