Tornado drill today

By: by Maria D. Grandy -

LAURINBURG — Scotland County will participate in today’s statewide tornado drill at 9:30 a.m. as part of Severe Weather Awareness Week.

All emergency service radio systems will be activated at that time, announcing if the county were experiencing a tornado then residents should activate their severe weather plan, according to Roylin Hammond, director of Scotland County Emergency Services.

Hammond said the county is limited in what it can do for the week.

He added that if anyone has any questions or would like to talk about a specific topic he will do so.

Residents should develop an emergency plan. Families may not be together when bad weather strikes so it is important everyone in the family knows how to get to a safe place, get in contact with each other, get back together and respond and be flexible, Hammond said.

Hammond also mentioned knowing the dangers of lightning. A few things to remember is when thunder roars, go indoors.

No place outside is safe during thunderstorms. Get inside a metal topped vehicle if there is not a building to take shelter in. Wait at least 30 minutes after the last clap of thunder before going back outside.

Don’t talk on corded phones and stay off electrical equipment while you are inside. Although it may be pretty to look at, stay inside.

If a tornado occurs while inside a structure, go to an interior safe area on the lowest floor and use your arms to protect your head and neck.

Those in mobile homes should get out immediately and get to a sturdy building or storm shelters. If you are driving do not go under an overpass or bridge.

Maria D. Grandy can be reached at 910-506-3171.

by Maria D. Grandy