A decade ago, Hurricane Katrina struck nearly 500 miles from Atlanta. Even that far away, the storm still caused 18 tornadoes across the state.
Georgia Emergency Management Agency spokeswoman Lisa Janak says tornados are only one danger a hurricane poses to the metro area.
“It can bring high winds that can knock down trees and power lines. It can have a tropical storm that can hover over an area, drop a lot of rain [and] cause severe flooding,” she says.
That's why Janak says even metro Atlanta residents should have a disaster readiness plan.
“We find ... a lot of people think that they’re ready," she says. "But until a disaster strikes, they realize they’re not quite as prepared as they thought they’d be.”
GEMA says a disaster plan should include provisions for food, water, and communication. In all, the list includes more than 25 items--everything from pencils and paper to a can opener to pliers.
You can find a complete list, including an interactive readiness checklist, here.