All schools, businesses, government offices and homes are asked to prepare for the upcoming tornado season. A statewide tornado alert will sound at 9 a.m.
Pam Tucker, Columbia County’s director of emergency and operations, said residents should stop whatever they are doing, wherever they are and seek shelter.
People should move toward the lowest floor of a building or an interior hallway. Face the wall, crouch and place your hands over your neck and head, Tucker said.
“Once everyone feels comfortable that everybody fits into the space and it works, then they can clear out on their own,” she said.
The peak season for severe thunderstorms and tornados in the Southeast is March through May, Tucker said.
She said everyone should purchase a NOAA weather alert radio, which can cost about $30.
Many of the newest smartphones have built-in alert systems, Tucker said. Social media is another way alerts are issued.