Source: NorthFulton.com

Alpharetta marks National Severe Weather Preparedness Week
March 2 8

by Staff Reports

March 05, 2014

ALPHARETTA, Ga. The Alpharetta Department of Public Safety is supporting National Severe Weather Preparedness Week during the week of March 2-8.

National Severe Weather Preparedness Week is a nationwide effort designed to increase awareness of the severe weather that affects everyone and to encourage individuals, families businesses and communities to know their risk, take action and be an example.

Being prepared to act quickly could be a matter of survival. This is especially evident during the threat of severe weather.

The deadliest and most destructive tornado of 2013, an EF-5 on May 20 in Moore, Okla., caused more than $2 billion in property damage. Even though severe weather was anticipated days in advance, many in the impacted areas said they did not have a plan and were caught unprepared.

Knowing the risk of severe weather, taking action and being an example are just a few steps you can take to be better prepared to save your life and assist in saving the lives of others.

I encourage our citizens to support National Severe Weather Preparedness Week by preparing and having a plan for severe weather incidents. As part of your planning, I recommend citizens to sign up with Smart 911. By signing up, residents can attach valuable information to their screen profile at the Alpharetta 911 center. When an emergency call comes in, the 911 dispatchers can receive additional information such as number of adults and children, pet information, disability issues, current medications, allergies, special needs, vehicles and any other pertinent information. Sign up today at www.Smart911.com, said Alpharetta Public Safety Director George.

The city of Alpharetta offers a free service that allows residents to receive emergency informational alerts and texts on cellular devices. This system is called Code RED and it is funded by the city. For more information, visit www.alpharetta.ga.us, click the City Departments link and then click the Public Safety link. On the left side of the page under Public Safety, click Code RED Alerts.

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