Severe Weather Preparedness Week runs Feb. 1 through 5

The Forsyth County Emergency Management Agency (EMA), in partnership with the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency and the National Weather Service, is encouraging all residents to participate in Severe Weather Preparedness Week, Feb. 1-5, to prepare for the possibility of a disaster.

“Spring brings threats of high winds, hail, lightning and severe weather,” said EMA Director Chris Grimes. “Having a plan in place before any emergency, such as a tornado or severe weather, is key and we hope that residents will take this time to create or update their family plans.”

Each day of the week will focus on a different severe weather threat and how to prepare.

Monday, Feb. 1 – Family Preparedness/NOAA Weather Radio Day
Tuesday, Feb. 2 – Thunderstorm Safety 
Wednesday, Feb. 3 – Tornado Safety 
Thursday, Feb. 4 – Lightning Safety 
Friday, Feb. 5 – Flood Safety 

Information and tips on how to prepare for severe weather emergencies can be found throughout the week on the county’s Facebook and Twitter pages. 

“Severe weather preparedness week is also an optimal time to sign up for emergency alerts,” said Grimes. 

Residents can elect to receive the time-sensitive notifications via email, telephone call and/or text message. There is no cost to sign up to receive these alerts, but phone usage or text charges may apply.

The alerts are sent out for three severe weather situations (severe thunderstorm warnings, flash flood warnings and tornado warnings) as well as for emergency situations such as public safety issues or important water notifications from the Forsyth County Water and Sewer Department. To sign up, click on the 'Emergency & Weather Alerts' icon on the county's website, For questions regarding the emergency and weather alerts, contact Forsyth County EMA at (770) 205-5674 or

For more information about Severe Weather Preparedness Week and emergency preparedness, contact Forsyth County EMA at or call (770) 205-5674.

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