Severe Weather

Tornado Preparedness
The following SUPPLIES will be necessary to protect and sustain your employees in the event that a tornado leaves you temporarily stranded in the office building:

  • Food – stock your office with non-perishable and easy-to-store food products such as dehydrated foods and food bars.
  • Water – keep at least a three-day supply of purified water. It is recommended that you stock two quarts of water per day, per employee.
  • Emergency Lighting – flashlights, flares, light sticks.
  • Batteries – keep a fresh supply
  • Medical – keep a well-stocked First Aid Kit. Choose kits designed to treat injuries such as heavy bleeding, shock and broken bones.
  • Blankets – lightweight fire and shock retardant emergency blankets.
  • Radios – portable transistor radios with extra batteries and two-way radios.
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Medications – persons on medication should keep a 72-hour supply in their desk.

Additional Supplies to Consider

  • Heavy work gloves
  • Hard Hats & Goggles 
  • Work shoes
  • Shovels, crowbars
  • Dust masks
  • Chemical toilets, waste bags, lime
  • Water purification tablets
  • Sleeping bags & Cots 
  • Portable stove
  • Eating utensils
  • Instant ice pack
  • Pre-moistened towelettes

There are two designations placed on a Tornado: a WATCH and a WARNING. A Tornado WATCH indicates weather conditions are right for a tornado. A Tornado WARNING indicates that a tornado has been sighted in the immediate area.


  1. Whoever is made aware of the threatening weather should notify the office manager, designated Floor Warden and the Management Office.
  2. Floor Warden or office managers should alert all staff of the watch. 
  3. Once you have been notified of the watch, please do the following: 
    • Immediately close the blinds in your office
    • Once this is accomplished, stay away from the windows
    • Remain at your normal work station
    • Tune in any battery operated radios to a station with weather updates
    • If possible, you should remain in the building until the weather has cleared


  • Move away from the perimeter of the building (windowed areas) toward the center of the building and close the doors behind you. 
  • Emergency Coordinators and other emergency personnel will direct you towards corridors, stairwells and elevator lobbies.
  • Do not exit these designated areas or use elevators. 
  • Protect yourself by placing your head close to your knees and covering your neck with your hands. 
  • If you cannot reach a corridor or lobby in time, the next safest place is under a desk, table or chair. 
  • Remain in the designated area until an announcement has been made by designated emergency personnel or Management Office that it is safe to return to your work station. 
  • Once everyone has returned to their workstation, emergency personnel should assist Management Office in accounting for all employees.
  • If anyone has been injured, designated emergency personnel should assist where possible and follow the Medical Emergency Procedures outlined in this manual. 
  • If any portion of your offices or surrounding building areas has been damaged, please notify Management Office immediately.

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