Emergency Procedures for Marianna/Lee County




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The Marianna/Lee County area is in an area that WILL have severe thunderstorms/tornados. We should be prepared for that to happen ...here are some tips to help.


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There is a community tornado shelter in the bottom of the Lee County Courthouse that is activated in emergencies, tornado sirens will sound when a tornado is in the area.



Everyone should know where your gas shutoff valve is located and how to turn it off in an emergency if necessary, we will have a short lesson posted here soon


ELECTRICAL LINES ALWAYS stay away from downed power lines, NEVER try to move them even with a stick  


Pay Attention to the Weather

  • Turn your television or radio to a station broadcasting the local weather, preferably one that is specifically tracking the storm. Check the sky for a greenish-black or greenish-gray color and any rotation of clouds. Rain bands and hail sometimes precede a tornado, so keep watch for either of those. Listen for the sound of a tornado. Tornadoes make a roaring sound, often compared to that of a railroad train. A funnel is an obvious indication of a tornado, but even if you can't see a funnel, the tornado may still be in the clouds above you. Look for debris moving upward toward the clouds.

Prepare Your Home and Supplies

  • Secure outdoor furniture and other outdoor items inside. Park your car in the garage. Change into sturdy clothes, such as jeans, sweatshirt and tennis shoes. Prepare a tornado supply bag that contains flashlights, portable radio, spare batteries, cell phone, first aid kit, work gloves, bottled water and nonperishable food. Collect blankets and pillows, and place them next to your supply bag. Locate pets and contain them in pet taxis, if possible, so they can be quickly transported to a safe area. Secure large pets with a harness and lead.

Relocate to Safety

  • It is best to relocate your family and pets to safety as soon as you are aware of tornadic activity moving in your direction. If you have a storm shelter, that is the best option for safety. If you have a basement, get your family and pets into the basement with the supply bag, blankets and pillows. Tornadoes usually move from southwest to northeast, so place your family away from the south and west walls of the home. Hiding under heavy furniture or the stairwell provides additional safety from possible structural crumbling above. According to the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, the biggest threat during a tornado is flying debris. If the storm hits your home, use the blankets to protect from debris. If you have an old mattress, leave it in the basement to use as a shield.

    If you do not have a basement, place your family in the most central room in your home. A bathroom or interior closet is a good choice because of the amount of wall bracing for a small area. Bathrooms also have the added benefit of additional bracing from the plumbing fixtures. If you use a bathroom, get in the bathtub and use cushions from your couch to cover with.


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In addition your Iphone or Verizon Phone may have an app for Emergencies called "Emergency Alert" that will call your cell phone in case of emergencies in your area.

There is also a new app for Iphone called "Tornado by American Red Cross", this is a very good app that will sound an alert on your phone when there is a tornado in your zip code






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