On Thursday, the Washington, DC Metro area was hit with a heavy storm, and tornado warnings were issued for most cities in the area. It is scary to see Mother Nature flex her muscles, and educating ourselves on what to do in a Tornado can help save some lives. We were able to get a list of safety tips from our friends at Patch, to help us take action.
Here are someto keep your family safe:
- Get as low as you can. A basement below ground level or the lowest floor of a building offers the greatest safety. Put as many walls between yourself and the outside as possible. Avoid windows at all costs.
- Do not waste time opening or closing windows and doors. It will not protect the structure. Use that time to find a safe place.
- Go to the basement or a small interior room such as a closet, bathroom or an interior hall on the lowest level. Close all doors to the hallway for greater protection. Get under something sturdy like a heavy table. Protect yourself from flying debris with pillows, heavy coats, blankets, or quilts. Use bicycle or motorcycle helmets to protect your head.
- If you are inside a mobile home, leave well before severe weather reaches your area and go to a strong building. If there is no shelter nearby, get into the nearest ditch, low spot or underground culvert. Lie flat, covering your head with your hands for protection.
- If you are in a vehicle or outdoors when tornadoes are possible, stay close to a sturdy shelter. If caught outside, find shelter in a ditch or remain in your vehicle and cover your head for protection. Do not take shelter under a highway overpass, where wind speeds can increase due to a tunneling effect.
Here is a video of some violent winds from a storm a few years ago in Leesburg
Hopefully, you and your family are safe and sound, and you were unscathed by the latest storm that hit the area. We have already responded to several plumbing emergencies in Loudon County for basement leaks, broken pipes, and floods. If you need plumbing repairs in Leesburg or anywhere else in Loudon County, please be sure to give us a call. We offer emergency service on weekends if necessary. Print out the tips from the Patch article, and keep your family safe.