(Cleveland)- Today (2/6/23)  is the first day of Georgia’s Severe Weather Preparedness Week!  Bryce Barrett, Public Information Officer for White County Public Safety said during this week they want to share the daily themes to help educate the community.

The simplest way to prepare is to sign up to receive emergency phone alerts from White County. To receive emergency alerts directly to your phone, sign up at the following link: https://bit.ly/wc-coderedsignup

Other ways to prepare include:

 BUILD A KIT. This kit is a group of items you may need during a disaster. Make sure to have food and water for each person and your pets for at least 72 hours. Keep in mind that basic services such as electricity and water may not be available. Make sure that your kit includes items that will help you manage during the loss of services.

Disasters can be hard on adults and children – make sure to include some comforting items in your kit, whether it is a teddy bear or a game for a child, or comfort/stress foods for adults.

Visit Ready.gov for a downloadable emergency supply kit checklist. https://www.ready.gov/sites/default/files/2021-02/ready_checklist.pdf

Barrett said, “ Have a Plan, learn what hazards affect your area. Make sure you know what to do when severe weather strikes. Involve children in the plan-making process and practice your plan.

You can fill out your Family Emergency Plan through Ready.gov.  https://www.ready.gov/plan