While tornadoes can occur at any time, March, April and May are the peak season for tornadoes in Georgia.

Ready.Geogia has a page dedicated to tornado safety. Here’s some of their advice:

Before a Tornado

Develop a Family Communication Plan. – click on the link to download a sample PDF

Have a Ready Kit prepared to last at least three days with food, water and emergency supplies.


If you are inside, put on sturdy shoes and go to a safe place and protect yourself from glass and other flying objects.
If you are outside, hurry to a safe place in a nearby sturdy building.
If you are in a car and you see large objects flying past while you are driving, pull over and park. You now have two choices:
  • Stay in the car with the seat belt on. Put your head down below the windows, covering with your hands and a blanket if possible.
  • If you can safely get noticeably lower than the level of the roadway, in a deep ditch for instance, exit your car and lie in that area, covering your head with your hands.

If you live in an apartment that is on an upper floor, get to the lowest level of the building.

  • Local authorities may not immediately be able to provide information on what is happening and what you should do. However, you should listen to NOAA Weather Radio, watch TV, listen to the radio or check the Internet often for official news and instructions as they become available.
  • Remain out of damaged buildings and stay clear of downed power lines. Report downed lines to your local power company.
  • If you are trained, help injured or trapped people. Check on others who may require special assistance, such as the elderly, children and people with disabilities.
  • Contact your insurance agency or company. Your local office may have also been hit, so have the companies national claims number written down somewhere, just in case.

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