Area authorities want to make sure residents will be prepared when severe weather hits.
In recognition of Severe Weather Preparedness Week, which began Monday and ends Friday, Augusta Fire/EMA will meet with more than 20 individuals for its free eight-week Community Emergency Response Team training program, known as CERT, which educates individuals about disaster preparedness and trains them in basic disaster response skills in regards to fire safety, search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations.
A statewide tornado drill and National Weather Routine test is expected for county schools at 9 a.m. on Friday.
“The reason for this week is to educate the public to be ready for extreme weather year round,” Fire Chief Chris James said. “We want them to by ready and stay ready.”
A few basic ideas to help residents get started, or refresh, emergency plans has also been posted to the fire department’s Facebook page.
They include: having a survival kit built and stored in a place where everyone in the home will know how to locate, finding a safe place in your home to meet if a tornado warning occurs, practice a routine with your family several times throughout the year to make sure that everyone knows what to do and how to get to the place quickly, and if possible purchase a weather radio.
“NOAA Radios will provide information from the National Weather Service and, if you lose electricity and if your cell phone is no longer working, your weather radio could be the only thing advising you of the bad weather that is approaching,” Michael Meyers with Augusta/EMA said in a news release. “If nothing else, this should serve our entire community as a reminder that severe weather could have an effect on you and your family. The more prepared you are, the better your chances for a safe outcome.”