County Reminds Residents: “When Flooded Turn Around, Don’t Drown”
Maryland Severe Storms Awareness Week is this week and the Division of Frederick County Emergency Management is teaming up with the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Weather Service (NWS) to promote citizen awareness and preparedness.
NWS emphasizes that the mid-Atlantic region is at risk for flooding, damaging winds, tornadoes, hail, and lightning storms every year. Maryland experiences severe storms regularly during the spring and is particularly at risk for flooding, but also experiences hailstorms and even tornadoes. Maryland has had nearly 100 tornadoes in the past ten years.
During spring, Frederick County experiences severe weather and is at risk for flooding, damaging winds, tornadoes, hail and lighting. The Department of Emergency Preparedness reminds citizens not to drive through flooded areas during heavy rains, but to “Turn Around Don’t Drown” and if there is thunder or lightning, to move inside right away. This is also a good time to check on business, homeowner or renter insurance to ensure proper coverage in emergencies.
Residents can be “weather prepared” by ensuring that they know how to receive a warning, have a plan, and practice safety tips. Sign up for emergency alerts at www.FrederickCountyMD.gov/ALERT.