08 / 08 / 2018
  - 11:12:42 AM
What To Do If A Tornado Strikes

What to do before a Tornado strikes:


(Courtesy of Hopkinton News) - Although severe tornadoes are rare in Massachusetts, in recent years we have experienced a number of tornadic events, most recently including Upton last week and Webster today. Therefore, it is important that all residents and visitors of Hopkinton learn how to take safety precautions to avoid injury and minimize property damage if we are impacted by a tornado. [Amateur video of today's Webster storm here. Caution on raw language]


  • Be informed by receiving alerts, warnings, and public safety information before, during, and after emergencies. Download the Massachusetts Alerts app.


  • Create and review your family emergency plan.


    • Identify safe locations to take shelter where your family spends time, such as your home, your workplace, public buildings, nursing homes, shopping centers, and schools.


    • Determine safe locations to seek shelter, such as basements or storm cellars. If an underground location is not available, choose an interior room or hallway on the lowest floor. Put as many walls between you and the outside as possible.


    • Be sure everyone in your household knows these shelter locations.


  • Assemble an emergency kit.


  • Make a record of your personal property by taking photos/videos of your belongings. Store these records in a safe place.


Plan ahead for disaster: For more information go to www.ready.gov


~ Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director Stephen T. Slaman

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