Does your family have a plan for coping with severe weather?

This is Severe Weather Awareness Week, and The Newnan Times-Herald has been publishing a series of stories about how we can prepare for the likelihood of bad weather. We are in the middle of a mild winter, and while we have missed snow and icy conditions so far this winter, we have already had a tornado do minimal damage in the southern part of Coweta County. As spring approaches, the dreaded storm season will arrive, which often brings deadly tornadoes, violent thunderstorms with potentially deadly lightning, and the possibility of dangerous flooding. Last year was one of the most devastating tornado seasons in history. Hundreds of people were killed in Alabama. During a two-day period in April 2011, there were 15 tornadoes in Georgia. Fifteen people were killed and 143 others were injured. Coweta County escaped the worst of those storms, but as another storm season approaches, we must all be ready.
As our news stories this week have pointed out, one thing all of us should do is plan for a possible storm. Know what to do if there is the threat of severe weather. Have a plan for you and your family. Communicate that plan to all family members. Even practice that plan, particularly with young people. Know what to do and where to go in the event of an emergency situation. We hope you are reading our weather preparedness stories this week. Make sure members of your family know what to do and where to go when bad weather comes our way.

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