This part of Virginia will be exposed to possible Tornado activity and damages over the next 8 months. You need to be Ready:
Know the Difference
Tornado Watch - Tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area. Review and discuss
your emergency plans and check supplies plus your safe room. Be ready to act quickly if a
warning is issued or you suspect a tornado is approaching. Acting early helps to save lives!
Tornado Warning - A tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. Tornado
warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property. Go immediately to your safe room.
How to Prepare for a Tornado
- During any storm, listen to local news or a NOAA Weather Radio to stay informed about tornado watches and warnings.
- Pick a safe room in your home where household members and pets may gather during a tornado. This should be a basement, storm cellar or an interior room on the lowest floor with no windows.
- Practice periodic tornado drills so that everyone knows what to do if a tornado is approaching.
- Consider having your safe room reinforced. Plans for reinforcing an interior room to provide better protection can be found on the FEMA web site.
- Prepare for high winds by for the summer by removing diseased and damaged limbs from trees.
- Move or secure lawn furniture, trash cans, hanging plants or anything else that can be
- picked up by the wind and become a projectile.
- Watch for tornado danger signs:
? Dark, often greenish clouds – a phenomenon caused by hail
? Wall cloud – an isolated lowering of the base of a thunderstorm
? Cloud of debris
? Large hail
? Funnel cloud – a visible rotating extension of the cloud base, Roaring noise (like a freight train)
What to Do After a Tornado-Check for injuries. If you are trained, provide first aid to persons in need until emergency responders arrive.
- Continue listening to local news or a NOAA Weather Radio for updated information and instructions.
- If you are away from home, return only when authorities say it is safe to do so.
- Wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt and sturdy shoes when examining your walls, doors, staircases and windows for damage.
- Watch out for fallen power lines or broken gas lines and report them to the utility company immediately.
- Stay out of damaged buildings.
- Use battery-powered flashlights, do NOT use candles.
- If you smell gas or hear a blowing or hissing noise, open a window and get everyone out of the building quickly and call the gas company or fire department.
- Take pictures of damage, both of the building and its contents, for insurance claims.
- Use the telephone only for emergency calls.
- Keep all of your animals under your direct control.
- Clean up spilled medications, bleaches. If you have spilled gasoline or other flammable liquids, call the fire dept. vacate areas where there is a chemical or gasoline spill.
• Fire/Police: Dial 911
• JCC Emergency Hotline: 757-875-2424
• JCC Emergency Management: 757-564-4315
- Dominion Power: 1-866-366-4357
- Water/Sewer:757-229-7421; 757-566-0112 (after hours)
- Virginia Natural Gas: 1-877-572-3342