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Tornado Affects Northeastern Area of Tallahassee

The Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross is on the scene in Northeastern area of Tallahassee to help those affected by today’s tornado and storm. The Capital Area Damage Assessment Team is en route to assess the unknown damage on 10 homes affected by the tornado that touched down in the Brill Point area of Tallahassee just north of Lake Jackson. Another Damage Assessment Team is en route to assess the known damage on one home off of Old Bainbridge Rd. and Leah Ln. due to a tree that fell on the home during the storm earlier today.

“In the days to come, The Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross will be coordinating with emergency officials and local community partners to help residents impacted by the storm and tornado get back on their feet,” said Debara Jump, Senior Director of External Relations. “The Red Cross will keep in constant contact with those affected for as long as needed.”

The Red Cross offers the following tips for those in the affected area to stay safer:

  • Continue listening to local radio or television stations or a NOAA Weather Radio for updated information and instructions. If you are away from home, return only when authorities say it is safe to do so.
  • Avoid damaged areas as your presence might hamper rescue and other emergency operations and put you at further risk from the residual effects of tornadoes. 
  • Stay out of damaged buildings.
  • When it is safe to return home, wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, and sturdy shoes when examining your walls, doors, staircases and windows for damage.
  • Watch out for fallen power lines or broken gas lines and report them to the utility company immediately.
  • Use battery-powered lanterns or flashlights when examining buildings. Avoid using candles.
  • If you smell gas or hear a blowing or hissing noise, open a window and get everyone out of the building quickly. Turn off the gas using the outside main valve if you can, and call the gas company from a neighbor’s home. If you turn off the gas for any reason, it must be turned back on by a professional.
  • Clean up spilled medications, bleaches, gasoline, or other flammable liquids that could become a fire hazard.
  • Take pictures of the damage, both of the building and its contents, for insurance claims.
  • Use the telephone only for emergency calls. Telephone lines are frequently overwhelmed in disaster situations. They need to be kept clear for emergency calls to get through.
  • Watch your animals closely. Keep all your animals under your direct control. Your pets may be able to escape from your home or through a broken fence. Pets may become disoriented, particularly because tornadoes and the heavy rains that accompany them will usually affect scent markers that normally allow animals to find their homes.

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This entry was posted on December 9, 2009 by in Disaster Response.

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