Can You Say, "Severe Thunderstorms," Charleston??
The National Severe Storms Laboratory classifies a thunderstorm 'severe' “…when it contains one or more of the following: hail one inch or greater, winds gusting in excess of 50 knots (57.5 mph), or a tornado.” By this definition, the Lowcountry has certainly seen its share of severe thunderstorms this spring! With spring not quite behind us and Hurricane Season coming up, we thought it might be a good time to freshen up on some safety tips!
“Get In. Get Down. Cover Up.”
Under the threat of a severe weather warning, get inside and as close as you can get to the center of the building, and go low. An underground basements or bottom floor is best. The goal is to get as low as possible. Lastly, safeguard your head and body from dangerous debris with pillows, blanket, bike helmets, jackets, etc. These few actions can be taken very quickly if you spend a few minutes planning ahead where you will go and what you will have available in that part of the house.
For extensive detail on how you can assess the specific rooms in your home for safety and many other tips on how to respond during a severe storm situation, check out this link on the National Weather Service website.
SERVPRO of Greater N. Charleston is gearing up and preparing for the 2020 hurricane season right along with you. You be sure to have a plan to keep your family safe, we will have a plan to help if your home is damaged during a storm. (843) 552-1226 ~ 24/7. Save it in your phone and have one less thing to worry about if the time comes.
Stay safe and here’s to an easy breezy storm season. We think we have all earned it!