County Reminds Residents: “When Flooded Turn Around, Don’t Drown”
Thunderstorms are in the forecast for Frederick County and it is important to understand what to do when warnings are issued. The National Weather Service (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 and Frederick has recently experienced an EF-0 tornado on May 30, 2019.
The Department of Emergency Preparedness reminds citizens to take shelter immediately after a Tornado Warning. A Tornado Warning means a tornado is imminent or occurring. An underground area, such as a basement or storm cellar, provides the best protection from a tornado. If an underground shelter is unavailable, consider the following:
- Seek a small interior room or hallway on the lowest floor possible
- Stay away from doors, windows, and outside walls
- Stay in the center of the room, and avoid corners because they attract debris
- Rooms constructed with reinforced concrete, brick or block with no windows and a heavy concrete floor or roof system overhead
Avoid auditoriums, cafeterias and gymnasiums that have flat, wide-span roofs.
When you hear thunder or see lightning, move inside right away. Wait 30 minutes after the last thunder or lightning flash before leaving shelter.
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.