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Atlanta-Fulton County Emergency Management Agency Urges Residents to Prepare for Winter Weather | Print |

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Warning for north Georgia and portions of Central Georgia, including Fulton County, starting at 4 p.m. on Friday, January 6 at 4 p.m. through Saturday, January 7 at 1 p.m.

The Atlanta-Fulton County Emergency Management Agency (AFCEMA) urges residents to prepare for possible severe weather and to exercise caution when driving.

If ground level temperatures drop below freezing as or after precipitation falls, ice may form on exposed surfaces, creating dangerous conditions. During the conditions, citizens should take extra precautions. “Black ice” occurs when water on roadways, especially bridges and overpasses, freezes. Motorist may not see the transparent thin layer before driving onto it. Residents should also be aware of trees and power lines that can be weighted down by ice.

According to the National Weather Service, Atlanta received 5.3 inches of snowfall last winter. In preparation for possible winter weather now and until spring, residents may use the following tips from Georgia Ready:

Prepare for Winter Weather

  • Make sure your home is well insulated and that you have weather stripping around your doors and window sills to keep the warm air inside.
  • Familiarize yourself with the terms that are used to identify winter weather. 
  • Include adequate clothing and blankets in your Ready kit to keep you warm. 
  • Allow faucets to drip a little during cold weather to avoid freezing.
  • Open cabinet doors to allow heat to get to un-insulated pipes under sinks and appliances near exterior walls.
  • Fully winterize your vehicle and keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines.

Make a Plan

  • Plan to stay inside and make it on your own, at least for a period of time.
  • Ensure you have adequate supplies of food and medication for your family.
  • Charge your cell phone and backup batteries, if possible.
  • If you have a wood burning fireplace, consider storing wood to keep you warm if winter weather knocks out your heat. 

Stay Informed

  • Listen to NOAA Weather Radio to stay informed of winter weather watches and warnings.
  • Also monitor commercial radio, television and the Internet.  
  • Follow Fulton County on Twitter and Facebook @FultonInfo

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