Tornado Safety

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Whats New:

 

2016 / 2017 EOP Update has been completed and approved by IEMA for a two year period. 

2017 EMA Grant approved by IEMA.

 


Upcoming Events

NWS Storm Spotters Class January 30, 2017 - 6:30 P.M.  Marion County Fairgrounds - Exhibit Building - Contact Person, Terry, 618-267-0264

Recent Events:

Great Central U.S. Shakeout  

  www.shakeout.org/centralus

 

The City of Salem Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) has been reviewed and approved by IEMA R9 Office. 12/12/2016  Next update due December 31, 2018

Participated in the Great Central U.S. Shakeout Drill on October 20, 2016

Public Safety Night was held during the 2016 - 76th Marion County Fair in Salem on Thursday August 4.

Salem Emergency Management had Preparedness Booth at the Salem Fire Protection District during October of 2016.  Great turnout of folks!

Salem Emergency Management participated in the Marion County Public Health Department FULL Scale Exercise on September 7, 2016

 Two major structure fires occurred in Salem on September 25 and 27, 2015.   Several area fire departments assisted Salem Fire District, Marion County EMA, City of Centralia EMA assisted Salem EMA.  The City of Salem was accredited a Full Scale Exercise with this event.

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TORNADO   SAFETY   RULES 

The City of Salem Department of Emergency Management  Encourage You To Be Prepared  For Tornadoes Before They Occur!

A TORNADO WATCH  MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WHICH CAN PRODUCE TORNADOES IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH AREA.  IF YOU ARE IN THE WATCH AREA-KEEP INFORMED OF THE LATEST WEATHER INFORMATION.  THESE STORMS CAN DEVELOP RAPIDLY SO THERE MAY BE OCCASIONS WHEN ADVANCE WARNING IS NOT POSSIBLE.

  A TORNADO WARNING MEANS A TORNADO HAS BEEN SPOTTED OR INDICATED BY RADAR. IF YOU ARE IN THE PATH OR NEAR THE TORNADO-TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTIONS TO PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY.  FOLLOW THESE SAFETY RULES:

  1) IN OPEN COUNTRY - FIND A DITCH - CULVERT OR OTHER LOW AREA AND LAY DOWN FLAT.  COVER YOUR HEAD WITH YOUR HANDS FOR PROTECTION.

  2) IN HOMES OR SMALL BUILDINGS - GO TO THE BASEMENT OR TO A SMALL ALL- INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR LIKE A HALL OR BATHROOM CLOSET.  USE HEAVY FURNITURE FOR SHELTER OR COVER YOURSELF WITH A MATTRESS OR BLANKET.  EVEN IN THE BASEMENT, GET UNDER THE STAIRWAY, HEAVY WORK BENCH OR UP AGAINST A INTERIOR WALL, STAY AWAY FROM BASEMENT WINDOWS.  WEAR A HELMET (BICYCLE, MOTORCYCLE ETC.)

  3) IN MOBILE HOMES OR VEHICLES - ABANDON IT AND GO TO A SUBSTANTIAL STRUCTURE OR PLACE OF SAFETY.  NEVER TRY AND OUT RUN A TORNADO BY AUTOMOBILE.  THIS INCLUDES FINDING A DITCH, CULVERT OR OTHER LOW AREA AND LAY DOWN FLAT.  MOBILE HOMES AND VEHICELS ARE NOT SAFE.  WEAR A HELMET (BICYCLE, MOTORCYCLE ETC.)

  4) IN SCHOOLS...HOSPITALS...FACTORIES OR SHOPPING CENTERS - GO TO PRE DESIGNATED SHELTER AREAS.  INTERIOR HALLS ON THE LOWEST LEVELS ARE USUALLY THE BEST.  STAY AWAY FROM GYMNASIUMS OR AUDITORIUMS.  AVOID ALL OUTSIDE WALLS AND WINDOWS.

  THE KEY TO TORNADO SURVIVAL IS TO BE PREPARED AND TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION WHEN A WARNING IS ISSUED OR WHEN YOU FEEL THREATENED.  REMEMBER - THE ACTIONS YOU TAKE DURING A TORNADO EVENT MAY SAVE YOUR LIFE AND THE LIVES OF THOSE YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR.

  IT IS CRITICAL THAT SOMEONE AT HOME, WORK, OR WHEREVER PEOPLE GATHER, MONITOR WEATHER CONDITIONS, REGARDLESS OF THE TIME OF DAY!  MANY TORNADOES OCCUR AT NIGHT.  USE WEATHER ALERT RADIO, LOCAL TV AND RADIO, OR THE INTERNET TO MONITOR WATCHES AND WARNINGS FOR YOU AREA ( www.salemdoem.us )   DON'T RELY COMPLETELY ON OUTDOOR SIRENS - ESPECIALLY IF YOU'RE ASLEEP!

  WE STRONGLY URGE YOU TO PURCHASE A NOAA WEATHER RADIO.  THE TRANSMITTER THAT ACTIVATES THE WARNING RADIO IS LOCATED SOUTH OF SALEM, WE HAVE A STRONG SIGNAL ON ALL WEATHER RADIOS IN THIS AREA.  PLEASE DO NOT DEPEND ON OUTDOOR SIRENS FOR TORNADO WARNINGS IF YOU ARE INDOORS!  OUTDOOR WARNING SIRENS ARE FOR OUTDOOR WARNING ONLY!  

  NOAA WEATHER RADIOS AVAILABLE AT YOUR LOCAL RADIO SHACK, WAL-MART AND OTHER DEPARTMENT STORES.




 

 

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