Town of La Plata weather sirens will ac­ti­vate for con­firmed tor­na­does

Maryland Independent - - News -

Sum­mer brings se­vere weather: hur­ri­canes, ex­treme heat, thun­der­storms and tor­na­does. The Charles County Depart­ment of Emer­gency Ser­vices and the Town of La Plata

re­mind res­i­dents that the Town of La Plata tor­nado sirens will ac­ti­vate if there is a con­firmed tor­nado on the ground, spot­ted in or head­ing to­ward La Plata. This is a three-minute cycling of the siren, in ad­di­tion to a voice an­nounce­ment at the end of the cy­cle.

La Plata sirens are “out­door warn­ing sirens” in­tended to warn res­i­dents who are outdoors of an im­mi­nent tor­nado threat. The sirens are not in­tended nor guar­an­teed to warn res­i­dents who are in­doors. Res­i­dents in­doors should rely on weather ra­dios, tele­vi­sion and ra­dio mes­sages or phone no­ti­fi­ca­tion sys­tems for up­dates on tor­nado threats.

Res­i­dents are urged to reg­is­ter/re­view their pro­files for the lat­est Cit­i­zen No­ti­fi­ca­tion Sys­tem (CNS) up­dates and alerts from Charles County Gov­ern­ment and the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice. To reg­is­ter for CNS, man­age your mes­sage set­tings, pro­vide pre­ferred con­tact in­for­ma­tion and select cat­e­gories, go to www.CharlesCoun­tyMD.gov/CNS.

When you hear the siren go­ing off, please do not de­lay in seek­ing shel­ter. Get in­doors to an in­te­rior small room or base­ment, and get low. For tor­nado pre­pared­ness tips, go to the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice’s web­site at www.spc.noaa.gov/faq/tor­nado/safety.html.

The sirens are in­stalled at the fol­low­ing lo­ca­tions:

• On Charles Street in front of the Charles County Court­house;

• On Cur­ley Hall Road at the Town’s Waste­water Treat­ment Plant (near Quail­wood Sub­di­vi­sion); • In Clarks Run Sub­di­vi­sion; • In King’s Grant Sub­di­vi­sion;

• On Shin­ing Wil­low Way next to the La Plata Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment;

• Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land.

Se­vere weather no­tices are posted on­line at www. CharlesCoun­tyMD.gov, on CCGTV ca­ble tele­vi­sion (Ver­i­zon chan­nel 10 and Com­cast chan­nel 95), on Face­book and on Twit­ter. Sign up for the CNS at www.CharlesCoun­tyMD.gov/CNS to re­ceive in­clement weather, tor­nado watch, and tor­nado warn­ing no­ti­fi­ca­tions by email or text mes­sage. For up­dated in­for­ma­tion on power out­ages, view the SMECO out­age map at storm­cen­ter.smeco.coop. Call 877-7476326 to re­port a power out­age. Call 9-1-1 in the event of an emer­gency.

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