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SUMTER COUNTY SCHOOLS PARTICIPATE IN SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK

 SUMTER PRIMARY CONDUCTS WEATHER AWARENESS TRAINING
SUMTER PRIMARY CONDUCTS WEATHER AWARENESS TRAINING

SUMTER COUNTY SCHOOLS PARTICIPATE IN SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK


The week of February 6-12, 2012, is Severe Weather Awareness Week 2012. Each year, Georgians face the threat of severe weather events such as lightning, thunderstorms, floods, flash floods, hailstorm, tornadoes and hurricanes, all potentially dangerous to life, health and property. Urbanization and continued population growth increase the potential for these storms to cause death and destruction and since this awareness campaign began in 1978, severe weather events in Georgia have killed at least 350 people, including 23 in 2011, injured countless others, and caused substantial property damage in Georgia. Departments and agencies of the local, state and federal government, along with volunteer and professional associations, elected leaders and news media, are committed to informing Georgia citizens about safety and severe weather preparedness procedures so that they may better protect themselves, their families and their neighbors.

Randy Howard, Chairman of the Sumter County Board of Commissioners, proclaimed the week of February 6-10, 2012, as "SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK" in Sumter County, Georgia, and encourage citizens to become more aware of severe weather safety measures and participate in the various awareness programs scheduled during the week.
The Sumter County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) supports the Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security (GEMA) and the National Weather Service in observing February 6-10, as Severe Weather Awareness Week. Encouraging families to learn emergency preparedness and response procedures for all types of severe weather events is the goal of the observance with a daily focus on these topics:
February 6 Monday Family Preparedness/NOAA Weather Radio Day
February 7 Tuesday Thunderstorm Safety
February 8 Wednesday Tornado Safety (Statewide Tornado Drill)
February 9 Thursday Lightning Safety
February 10 Friday Flooding (Alternate Drill Day)

On Wednesday, February 8, each of the eight Sumter County Schools participated in the state-wide Tornado Safety Drill at 9:00 a.m. "It is vital that all students in Sumter County and throughout Georgia be aware of the potential for severe weather. The statewide drill is well planned and will indicate any potential problems that might arise during a real emergency," stated Mr. Howard.

City and County Rescue agents were located throughout Sumter County Schools before the 9:00 a.m. alert. At Sumter Primary Schools, teachers escorted their classroom student out into the hall and assisted them in the proper posture for maximum protection. At the delivery of the "all clear" signal for the Tornado Drill, each school administration met with local officials to review the success of the drill. Here, from left, Mr. Randy Howard, Associate Superintendent, Mr. Donnie Smith; Mrs. Cindy Hughes, Principal of Sumter Primary; Dr. Sharon Tullis, Assistant Principal at Sumter Primary; and Mrs. Susan McCullough, Instructional Coach at Sumter Primary.




 
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