Spring and Summer bring a greater probability of severe weather occurring and Butts County provides a variety of ways to receive severe weather notifications, including social media and emergency warning systems. Here is the easiest way to get connected with notifications on severe weather in Butts County and the surrounding areas:
How to Get Notifications:
Butts County publishes weather threats and updates on Twitter under the handle of @ButtsCountyGa and on the Butts County Facebook page. We recommend using Twitter to receive immediate updates because they can be uploaded quickly and subscribers will get them. While Facebook is a very popular medium, we cannot guarantee that even those who subscribe will actually get the update in a timely manner as Facebook pushes these out to randomly selected subscribers. Signing up for Twitter is free and only requires an email account and a way to receive tweets such as an iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows Phone, etc.
Residents are also encouraged to use Code Red emergency notification system which is free and available from our website at www.buttscountyga.com (see the right side of the page). You must have either a landline or cell phone (you can sign up with both at once) and you must select to receive severe weather warnings. If you don’t have a computer or need assistance, the E-911 Department will be glad to sign you up provided you call on the non-emergency line. That number is 770-775-8232. Here are a few things you should know about Code Red Severe Weather Warnings:
- Code Red issues warnings by the exact area of the danger, not for the whole county. While the TV may say that “Butts County is under a tornado warning”, Code Red is only going to notify people in the path of the storm and not the entire county. For example, if the storm is moving through Jenkinsburg to Worthville, only that part of the county will receive the warning. Residents in other parts of the county not affected by the storm will not.
- If you receive a Code Red Severe Weather Warning and you are at the address you entered when you signed up, such as your home, this means you are directly in the path of a severe weather situation. Take action immediately.
- Code Red only issues warnings, not watches. If you get a call from Code Red Weather, it will be a warning for a severe weather event. This is usually limited to a Flood Warning, Severe Thunderstorm Warning and Tornado Warning.
Locally, WJGA Radio is a source of emergency weather information at 92.1 FM and covers all of Butts County.
How to Prepare and During Event
- Make sure that mobile devices are fully charged in the event of a power outage
- If you have a NOAA Weather Radio, make sure you have a change of batteries
- Make sure flashlights have a full charge or fresh batteries
- Secure outdoor furniture and other loose items that could become projectiles in a severe storm.
- If a tornado warning is issued, make sure you have identified the safest part of your house and go there. Basements are generally safest but in homes without them, Interior rooms without windows are usually the best bet, such as a bathroom or a hallway. Make sure you have a way to secure pets such as a pet carrier. Severe storms can agitate animals and cause unpredictable behavior.
- If in a mobile home, and no shelter is immediately available, find the lowest-lying area near you and lie down in it, covering your head with your hands. Mobile homes are easily destroyed in tornados.
- If in a car, do not try to outrun the tornado. Find the lowest-lying area near you and lie down in it, covering your head with your hands.
- Do not approach downed electrical wires. Notify 911
Updates will be issued as necessary over the next 72 hours as needed.