Stay Prepared Ahead of Severe Storms

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
    • medications
    • 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!