Barrow partners with feds for safety month

WINDER — Weather-related emergencies know no seasons. But reminders to be ready always come in handy.

In observance of National Preparedness Month, Barrow County Emergency Services is partnering with federal and state emergency management agencies to ensure residents are privy to the right course of action when disasters strike.

Hurricanes — and especially tornadoes spawned by them — have been known to wreak havoc in Barrow County, despite its landlocked topography. Thunderstorms, as evidenced by last September’s historic floods, are also cause for late-summer concern.

“You can help us, yourself, your families and your neighbors by being prepared before the emergency occurs,” said the department’s spokesman, Lt. Scott Dakin.

Barrow County Emergency Management Agency, a division of Barrow County Emergency Services, is urging all residents to review emergency plans this month. Residents should have emergency kits stocked and accessible, Dakin said.

For assistance in developing emergency plans and kits, residents can call Barrow County Emergency Services at 770-307-2987. Additional information is available on websites such as www.gema.ga.gov and www.redcross.org.

“Being prepared and having plans in place can reduce the affects an emergency can have on you, your family and your neighbors,” Dakin said.