Town of La Plata weather sirens will activate for confirmed tornadoes
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.