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December 20, 2022
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Cold Weather Preparedness Ahead of Cold Snap

Please take the time to prepare your household for the subfreezing weather this weekend. 

Based on the latest update from the National Weather Service in Peachtree City there is high confidence in unseasonably cold temperatures impacting all of north & central Georgia by Friday morning (12/23) with temperatures expected to be 20-30F degrees below normal. A prolonged period (48-72+ hours) of sub-freezing temperatures is looking likely. A windchill watch has been issued for midnight Thursday through Saturday morning. As with any weather event stay tuned to local media, Whitfield County Emergency Management social media pages, and other ways you receive news for any updates throughout the week.

Some precautionary measures include:

Emergency kit holiday gifts

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Emergency kits should have all the things you, your family, and your loved ones may need during an emergency that requires staying inside longer than usual or if the electricity goes out. Giving gifts for the Holidays to family and friends that can go into their emergency kits is a great way to show how much you care!

Here are some great gift ideas for items that should be added to emergency kits:

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The holiday season is here. That means more time to spend with your children, family, and friends. However, as holiday cheer spreads, so can flu, with potentially serious complications. Getting a flu vaccine is the best way to stay protected against flu.

Flu vaccines are available at health departments in the North Georgia Health District in CherokeeFanninGilmerMurrayPickens, and Whitfield counties, and there is no appointment needed during regular clinic hours. The vaccine is affordably priced, depending on a person's healthcare coverage.

Help kids fight flu.

Flu is more dangerous for children than the common cold. Each year, millions of children get sick with seasonal flu, thousands of children are hospitalized, and some even die from flu. The good news is a flu vaccine can help protect your children against flu.

Children younger than 5 years old – especially those younger than 2 – and children of any age with certain chronic health conditions, like asthma and diabetes, are at higher risk of developing serious flu complications. Because these children are at higher risk, it is especially important that they get a seasonal flu vaccine to help prevent flu, and to reduce their risk of being hospitalized or dying from flu if they get sick.

Parents can help children fight flu with flu vaccines for the whole family each year.

Protect all your loved ones.

Getting vaccinated against flu also protects your other loved ones, like adults 65 years and older and people living with certain chronic conditions who are at increased risk of suffering from serious flu complications. These groups also face a higher risk of hospitalization if they get sick with flu.

A flu vaccine can protect everyone as communities gather to celebrate the holiday season.

Winter Weather Preparedness Week web

Winter Weather Preparedness Week

December 5-9 is recognized as Winter Weather Preparedness Week this year in Georgia. In conjunction with the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency and its partnership with the National Weather Service, and along with many of our core local partners, we are devoting each day this week to highlight a specific winter weather-related topic:

WWPWMonday, Dec. 5: Winter Weather in Georgia   -- learn about various winter weather hazards that can impact the state of Georgia

Winter storms, which often affect North Georgia, result in extreme cold, downed power lines and blocked roads and highways.

Prepare for the Winter with such items as:
  • Extra blankets, sleeping bags and warm winter coats.
  • Fireplace or wood-burning stove with plenty of dry firewood, or a gas log fireplace.
  • Kerosene heater, with proper ventilation.