With severe storms likely to pop up across the Midlands during the afternoon and evening hours on Thursday, February 6, 2020 — Columbia Richland Fire wants to encourage all residents to take steps to prepare and stay informed!
Here’s some key information to keep in mind:
- High winds from the storms are likely to produce damage. This could lead to utility poles and power lines coming down. If a power line falls on the ground near you, DO NOT go near it! Call 9-1-1 immediately to report the downed line!
- If a power line falls on the road DO NOT drive over it!
- Damaging winds could also bring down trees. If a tree falls on your home call 9-1-1 immediately to report the damage and if it is significant enough be prepared to evacuate your household.
- Prepare an emergency kit in case your home loses power during the storm. Among items this should include:
- a battery-powered flashlight
- extra packs of batteries
- non-perishable food items
- first aid kit
- More needed items can be found by clicking here.
- If you lose power during the storm report the outage to your power company!
- If heavy rains produce flash flooding use caution while driving on the roads! If you come across a road that is covered with water turn your vehicle around and go back the way you came. DO NOT DRIVE THROUGH FLOOD WATERS!
- Finally stay tuned to weather conditions on local media! If a tornado warning is issued for your area, TAKE SHELTER in the basement of your home or an inner room preferably with no windows (examples: a bathroom or an inner hallway). Protect your head with anything available!
- If there is a threat of a tornado, DO NOT STAY in a mobile home! Other tips for safety during a tornado can be found by clicking here.
Thank you all for reading and please stay safe!