Prepare Your Business Now for Tornado Season

While there are no official start and end dates to tornado season, National Severe Weather Preparedness Week just happened. That makes now a good time to think about how to prepare for a tornado and ensure you have the necessary tornado safety measures in place to protect your business.

When it comes to the unpredictable nature of spring weather, it's usually best to expect the unexpected. Especially with respect to thunderstorms and the potential ensuing havoc from lightening, hail, flooding and—potentially worst of all—tornadoes, which are typically most common in early spring and later winter.

Tornadoes are not only random in the paths they follow, but their 300+ MPH wind speeds are incredibly destructive. According to Ready.gov, before a tornado happens, several danger signs may be present that include:

  • Dark, often greenish-colored sky
  • Large hail
  • A large, dark low-lying cloud (rotation is a particularly urgent warning sign)
  • A loud roar, similar to a freight train

If your business is in a particularly high-risk region or any region where tornadoes occur, a plan is essential to protecting employee and customer lives. Below are some key steps you can take to prepare your business for a tornado:

  • Identify areas of the building that will be most protective, should a tornado strike, such as a safe room, basement, storm cellar or the lowest level. If your building does not have a basement or you are unable to get to a lower level, get people as far to the inside as possible, away from windows and use sturdy desks or tables for extra protection.
  • Educate your staff about the warning signs of tornadoes, what to do in the event one occurs, and designate team leaders to help guide customers and employees to safe locations.
  • Create a disaster supplies kit that includes first aid necessities for tending to any injuries.
  • Make sure you keep copies of important business and insurance information in a secure place that will be accessible as needed before and/or after the storm. Click here for helpful tips on reducing damage to your important documents.

If you have a plan in place and know the warning signs, then you can rest easier knowing that you've done what you can to prepare your business for one of nature's most vicious types of storms. 

Resources:
Ready.gov/tornadoes 
Cdc.gov/Features/SpringWeather/