By: Laura-Jane Hatcher (WRGA News)
Hurricanes, tornados, floods and disease---Georgia has seen it all, which has Floyd County Emergency Management reminding everyone to always be prepared.
As September is ‘preparedness’ month, Floyd EMA hosted an expo Thursday in South Rome, centered on what to do when disaster strikes. Attendees had a unique chance to meet with first responders and even began their own emergency preparedness kits.
Several expert speakers also took to the stage, including the National Weather Service’s Keith Stellman, who said tornados in-particular are a major hazard for Northwest Georgia.
“Not only is the city of Rome but most of Floyd County at risk when we look at this historically,” Stellman told the crowd. “There’s F-4 [tornado] tracks through Floyd County; a number of F-3 tracks, F-2 tracks---So, once you start talking about F-3 tornados, you’re talking about tornados you need to be especially, especially careful of. You can’t just survive those unless you have a special place within your house---especially in the F-4 range.”
The event was sponsored by several groups, including Georgia Emergency Management and the South Rome Redevelopment Corporation.