Tornado and Flooding Information

We have had some interesting weather during the last couple days. Weather forecasters are predicting that we may get some severe thunderstorms this afternoon which may spawn tornadoes or localized flooding.

We would like to refresh everyone’s memory about what to do in the event of these occurring.  In addition, a list of contacts and websites is at the end of this post.

Tornadoes

  • A Tornado Watch means that the possibility exists for tornadoes. A Tornado Warning means that a tornado has been either spotted by a human observer or seen on radar. When you hear a Tornado Warning,  you should take cover immediately.
  • Listen to local weather reports on TV.  Monitor apps on your computer or smart phone if you lose electricity.
  • If you are in a building when a tornado strikes, go to an interior room on the lowest floor such as closet, hallway or bathroom.  Do not open windows.
  • If you are in your car, stay in your car and make sure everyone has their seat belt on. Slouch down and cover up with a blanket, if possible to avoid flying debris that might hit your car.  Do not try to outrun a tornado or hide under a bridge or overpass.  Try to park somewhere that is lower than the road, such as off the side of the road.
  • After a tornado hits, be careful of downed power lines.  If you a are trapped, stay still so no more damage occurs.  Scream so First Responders can hear you.  Stay out of damaged homes or buildings until they can be inspected.  Photograph or video any damage that may have occurred to submit to your insurance carrier.

Flooding

  • Listen to local weather reports on TV. Monitor apps on your computer or smart phone if you lose electricity.
  • Move property higher in your house, above flood levels.
  • After the flooding subsides, be aware of snakes and other animals that may have come into your house.
  • If you are in your car, do not drive through a flooded road.  Not only is salt water corrosive to your car, but you don’t know the condition of the road beneath the water.
  • Photograph or video any damage that may have occurred to your home or vehicle to submit to your insurance carrier.

Emergency Contacts

  • Seabrook Island POA  1-843-768-0061
  • Town of Seabrook Island:   1-843-768-9121
  • Seabrook Island Security:   1-843-6641 or 1-843-768-0822
  • Seabrook Island Utility Commission:   1-843-768-0102
  • Charleston County Emergency Preparedness:   1-843-202-7400
  • Johns Island Fire Department:   1-843-768-4174
  • Sheriffs department:   911
  • Current status of Seabrook Island:  1-888-314-3177

Websites

-Tidelines Editors

 

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