Located in west-central Georgia, Pine Mountain is in a tornado-prone
area. Recent history has shown that Pine Mountain can also feel the
effects of hurricanes both from the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of
Tornadoes and severe thunderstorms occur every spring – damaging
houses, uprooting trees, and causing motor vehicle accidents. The
violent storms have even been responsible for causing injuries and
When a tornado or severe thunderstorm is approaching, you might only
have a few short moments to make live-or-death decisions. Planning
ahead is a smart move.
Understand the Terms
WATCH - A thunderstorm or tornado “watch” means conditions
are favorable for development. Keep alert for the possibility of
developing severe weather. This is a good time to remind family
members of safer places to get in your home. This is also a good
time to make sure your disaster supply kit is handy.
WARNING - A thunderstorm or tornado “warning” is issued when
such a storm has been sighted on indicated by weather radar. If you
are in the warning area, get your disaster supply kit and go to the
lowest floor of your home and take shelter in an interior room.
Remain there until the storm has passed. If you reside in a mobile
home, or you are caught in a car, get out and take shelter in a
depression or ditch if you can find one. Do not seek shelter under
an overpass, in a drainage pipe, or under trees.
Tornado danger signs can include:
• An approaching cloud of debris even though a funnel might not be
• The sky might have a yellowish cast.
• The wind may die down and the air may become very still.
• Tornadoes generally occur near the trailing edge of a
• It is not uncommon to see clear, sunlit skies behind a tornado.
• The tornado funnel could be obscured by dark storm clouds and
The Pine Mountain Fire Department recommends you keep a Disaster
Supply Kit that includes the following:
• Flashlight and extra batteries
• Portable, battery-operated radio and extra batteries
• First aid kit and manual
• Bottled water
• Emergency food items such as snack bars and prepackaged food that
does not require refrigeration.
• Manual can opener
• Essential medicines
• Cash and credit cards
• Sturdy shoes
Develop an emergency communication plan in case family members are
separated from one another during severe weather. This can easily
happen when adults are at work and children are at school. Have a
plan for getting back together if separation has occurred.