No tornadoes in our area? THINK AGAIN!
The National Weather Service says a trained weather spotter has confirmed a tornado passed through the Hurlock area Wednesday afternoon Sept. 1. Police officers also spotted the tornado. Hurlock is only about ten miles west of Sussex County. Although damage was minor; this is the third such severe weather event in the last three years. The National Weather Service offers these tips as to what to do if and when another tornado hits our area:
Tornado safety preparation tips
- Designate a safe room. This area can either be a storm cellar, a basement or a room on the lowest level of your home or building like a closet. Goto the basement or an inside room without windowson the lowest floor (bathroom, closet, center hallway). If possible, avoid sheltering in a room with windows. For added protection get under something sturdy (a heavy table or workbench). Cover your body with a blanket, sleeping bag or mattress.
- Put essentials in your safe room. ...these include a battery powered radio, a first aid kit water and a flashlight.
- Remove outdoor items. ...outdoor furniture and other yard ornaments become projectiles and can increase damage and risk of injury.
- Reinforce your home. ...with advanced notice – this may be attainable but in most cases there is little time. You can remove dangerous trees so as to lower the risk of falling branches and limbs.
- Contact your insurance agent. If you have incurred damage – report the issues as soon as possible to assure a quick timeframe for appraisal, approval and repair.
If you suffer any type of storm related damage – please call the STORM professionals at SERVPRO of Sussex County at 302-856-9768 and we will offer assistance!