Coweta County is among the top 20 counties in Georgia for tornadoes, and Coweta County Emergency Management Director Jay Jones has a few suggestions for local residents for getting through disasters.
Jones presented a disaster seminar at the Coweta County Commission chambers on Perry Street on Thursday night. Jones talked about how to prepare for a disaster, make a plan, build a “ready kit” and stay involved.
A “ready kit” includes basic items a family or individual might need in a disaster – water, food, a radio, extra batteries, canned food and a can opener, a whistle, a face mask and maps.
Depending on the person, other items might be needed – prescription medication, eyeglasses, infant formula and diapers, pet food, family documents, matches and extra clothing.
Many items needed for the kits were displayed during Jones’ talk. Jones also had maps of Coweta County with all the tornado siren locations, along with POD – point of distribution – locations where people might be able to get supplies or other help if a disaster occurred.
Jones encouraged the public to visit www.ready.ga.gov to get information on how to assemble a ready kit.
Jones recommended attendees at the seminar on Thursday make plans to attend Community Emergency Response Team training. A new CERT class will begin in the fall.
According to the National Weather Service, Coweta county is rated 19th of Georgia’s 159 counties in the number of confirmed tornadoes.