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Workplace Safety for Tornadoes – INFOGRAPHIC

Janet Cornett July 31, 2018 0

A guide on how to stay safe in case of tornadoes. Tornadoes usually occur with very little or no warning at all. It is important, therefore, to take precautions in advance.


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OSHA and NOAA have initiated several efforts aimed at:

  • Educating the public about the hazards of severe weather.
  • Helping people and businesses prepare for tornadoes.
  • Providing information about how to respond to a tornado and deal with its aftermath.

To Prepare for a Tornado

Businesses should develop an emergency plan which includes:

  • Details on suitable places where personnel can take shelter
  • Procedures to ensure all personnel are accounted for
  • Policies for managing any hazardous materials that are on-site

* It is recommended that individuals develop personal action plans for their families.

Natural disasters such as tornadoes often require victims to survive without outside aid, usually for several days.

A basic disaster supplies kit should always be prepared and ready in case of emergency.

Recommended items for an emergency supply kit include:

  • NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio
  • Cell phone with charges and a backup battery
  • Duct tape
  • Dust mask
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Flares
  • Flashlight
  • Garbage bags
  • Local maps
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Tool kit
  • Whistle
  • Food: Three-day supply of non-perishable food per person, at the minimum
  • Water: One gallon of water per person per day for at least three days

* Emergency items serving personal and/or unique needs, such as prescription medication, glasses, feminine supplies, infant supplies, and pet food can and should be added as required.

Emergency supply kits should be maintained in a perpetual state of readiness, with expired items replaced as needed, and the entire kit updated at least once every year to accommodate changing needs.

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