Columbia Fire Chief Aubrey D. Jenkins asks citizens to be on alert today due to the potential of severe weather and possible tornadic activity in our area. Please be aware of flooded roadways and high winds that could cause downed power lines and flying debris.
Chief Aubrey D. Jenkins stated, “The Columbia Fire Department is ready to respond to any incident as a result of the pending weather conditions and I urge citizens to be vigilant and monitor local media for weather updates.”
Chief Jenkins encourages communities to follow these severe weather safety tips and to stay tuned to your local weather.
- In a home or building move to a pre-designated shelter, such as a basement.
- If an underground shelter is not available, move to an interior room on the lowest floor. Remember to put as many walls between you and the outside as possible.
- Stay away from windows.
- Get out of automobiles and move to low lying areas such as a ditch
- DO NOT try to outrun a tornado in an automobile.
- Mobile homes, even tied down, offer little protection and should be abandoned.
- Water levels and the rate the water is flowing can quickly change.
- Get out of areas subject to flooding and get to higher ground immediately.Don’t go into a basement, or any room, if water covers the electrical outlets or if cords are submerged. If you see sparks or hear buzzing, crackling, snapping or popping noises –get out! Stay out of water that may have electricity in it!
- Avoid Flood waters
- Pay attention to barricades/ don’t ignore them by driving past them
- Do not walk through flood waters. It only takes six inches of moving water to knock you off your feet. If you are trapped by moving water, move to the highest possible point and call 911 for help.
- Do not drive into flooded roadways or around a barricade; Turn Around, Don’t Drown! Water may be deeper than it appears and can hide many hazards. A vehicle caught in swiftly moving water can be swept away in a matter of seconds. Twelve inches of water can float a car or small SUV and 18 inches of water can carry away large vehicles.
- Don’t touch or go near a fallen wire, even if it’s not sparking or humming. Treat all downed lines as if they are live
- Don’t touch anything that’s touching the wire, such as a car or tree limb, because electricity can pass through objects, people and animals to reach the ground.
- For additional safety tips on driving when streets are flooded, click here.