#YHSafetyTips - Tornado Safety

Posted by Kahla Livelsberger in #YHSafetyTips, Mar 29, 2017

The weather has been a little crazy lately with drastic temperature changes, blizzards, and even tornadoes. With spring occurring in full force, we thought it would be a good idea to go over some tornado safety tips this week. We hope that after reading you will be more prepared on what to do if and when a tornado occurs.

How to know if there is a tornado coming.
There are many signs to know if a tornado is coming. The sky will turn dark and sometimes it will turn a greenish color. There will be clouds everywhere or there could be a cloud of debris. Sometimes there will be hail right before a tornado and a loud roaring noise kind of like the sound of a train. Right before the tornado hits, the air could become very still.

How to prepare for a tornado & tips to stay safe during a tornado.
-Avoid windows
-Go to lowest floor in building
-Hide in a bathroom or closet
-Hide in an interior hallway
-Use your arms to protect your head
-Hide under a heavy piece of furniture and hold onto it
-Stay away from bridge/highway overpasses.
-If you’re in a car keep the engine running and keep your seat belt on

Preparing and practicing tornado drills in the workplace with your employees is very important. Make sure you have an emergency preparedness kit available. Check out what you should include in your kit on American Red Cross

After a tornado.
After a tornado hits you should immediately let your friends and family know that you are okay. Make sure you keep watching the news or listen to the radio for updates on the storm incase another tornado occurs. Do not return to your building unless the authorities say it is okay. Check all employees for serious injuries and make sure everyone is not hurt. Take pictures of damage for insurance purposes.

Tornado Facts:
-They come quickly and sometimes without warning
-Sometimes they may be invisible until you see the debris and dust
-Whirling winds can reach up to 300mph
-Most likely to occur between 3pm-9pm, but can happen anytime
-The U.S. has approximately 1,200 tornadoes a year

If you missed last week Safety posts on Safety Signs, read it here. Check back next week to read about Ecotoxicology Safety.

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