Gov. Zell Miller has proclaimed the week of Feb. 24-28 as "Severe Weather Awareness Week" in Georgia. It is devoted to making all Georgians aware of the threats to life and property caused by severe weather.
In 1996, two Georgia residents were killed and 34 more were injured by tornadoes, lightning, thunderstorms and flash floods.
One of the deaths and 24 of the injuries last year were the result of a tornado. Therefore, tornado preparedness and safety measures will continue to be an essential part of severe weather awareness activities.
A "Statewide Tornado Drill" will be held tomorrow so that schools, hospitals, day-care centers, nursing homes, businesses, industries and citizens can test their preparedness procedures. Conducted by emergency management personnel and the National Weather Service, the drill will test emergency response capabilities, as well as each citizen's ability to react properly to tornado warnings. ...
Pamela P. Tucker, Augusta
(Editor's note: The writer is director of Augusta-Richmond County Emergency Management Agency.)