FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — While many consider the snow and ice that accompany the winter season to be scenic, people can forget that winter weather has the potential to devastate communities and affect thousands of people. Snow and ice can disrupt transportation and cause power outages, making it important for Forsyth County residents to be prepared. The Forsyth County Emergency Management Agency and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security’s Ready Georgia campaign is urging Forsyth County residents to take time to get ready for potentially disastrous weather emergencies this winter.
“Winter Weather Preparedness Week is a great time for Forsyth County residents and businesses to prepare for all potential severe winter weather hazards,” said Forsyth County Fire Chief and EMA Director Danny Bowman. “Since winter weather in Georgia can be unpredictable, proactive plans and education for potentially dangerous storms can help ensure the safety of our residents during winter weather.”
Winter storms are “deceptive killers” because most deaths are indirectly related to storms, according to the National Weather Service. Instead, people die because of events like traffic accidents on icy roads and hypothermia from prolonged exposure to cold. Winter Weather Preparedness Week, from Nov. 30 – Dec. 4, was created to raise awareness of winter weather hazards and reinforce understanding of associated terminology. Residents are encouraged to prepare for severe weather and replenish necessary supplies among other necessary steps.
Georgians looking for more information on how to prepare, plan and stay informed about winter weather can contact the Forsyth County Emergency management Agency at (770) 205-5674 or visit ready.ga.gov. For preparedness on the go, download the Ready Georgia mobile app.