I am sure that all of you have heard about the rash of severe storms and tornados that have ravaged parts of the south and Midwest. Many of you may be looking for ways to help out those in need. These events remind us to take a few moments and consider how well you are prepared in the event of a Tornado Warning. Now is an opportune time since there is a chance for severe weather today in the area.

When the national weather service issues a tornado warning for the area, EHS will use the following means to contact you:

  • Public address system announcements (to include at VPP and ATRF)
  • Pop-up messages to your computer screen
  • E-mail

You can also sign up for text alerts to your cell phone from Frederick County at http://www.frederickcountymd.gov/ALERT. Additionally, you can listen to weather reports on local FM radio stations 99.9 or 103.1.

FEMA provides information on how to prepare and what to do in the event of a tornado at http://www.ready.gov/tornadoes. Take a few moments to read the important safety information they have assembled.

In short, when a tornado warning is issued:

  • Remain calm, discontinue work, to include that being done in laboratories, and move to a shelter.
  • If you are in a modular or trailer building, evacuate to a permanent structure if at all possible and if the storm has not yet arrived.
    • The buildings that are trailers or modular on the NCI at Frederick Campus, or have other significant hazards such that they should be evacuated, are colored red in the building map.
  • Go to the center of an interior room on the lowest level (closet, interior hallway) away from corners, windows, doors, and outside walls. Put as many walls as possible between you and the outside. Use your arms to protect your head and neck.
  • Stay there until the tornado warning has ended.

If you have any questions, please contact EHS’ emergency management staff at 301-846-1451.