A week ago, a tornado left devastation in its wake in northwest Georgia. For many in the area the cleanup has just begun, and the state insurance commissioner is taking steps to make sure the next generation is prepared for severe weather.
Bartow County resident Terry Timm captured the tornado on video with his cell phone. Timm had just arrived at his Adairsville office when the clouds started forming, and he noticed rotation.
"The clouds formed, the funnel set down and as soon as it hit the ground, debris started flying and I pulled my phone out to video," said Timm.
Timm says he was most afraid because at first he wasn't sure which way the tornado was going. He says he ran back inside and told everyone else to go to the back of the office. But, once the anxiety passed, Timm says the most memorable part of it was seeing the debris caught up in the tornado.
Just outside Calhoun, Randy Rule worked on his tornado ravaged home. The twister ripped apart the Stone Mill subdivision.
"You know it's six days later and my girls are still reeling over the devastation of it," said Rule.
There were several work crews in the area, but few home owners and even fewer people offering to help.
"The volunteers are gone because they had to get back to their normal lives," Rule said.
As part of Severe Weather Awareness Week, Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens discussed the importance of severe weather drills with students at E. Rivers Elementary School in Atlanta, and participated in a tornado drill with students and faculty.