Spring into Tornado Preparedness

Learn how to help your facility occupants get ready for extreme weather this season

April 9, 2019

Spring weather is known for its extremes, from mild temperatures that herald the blooming of trees and plants, to harsh conditions that bring about damaging tornadoes.

Business owners and facility managers can turn to trusted authorities to help them prepare their buildings for tornadoes, as well as guide them in safely cleaning their facility in the event a tornado hits.

CMM lists 10 steps to take after experiencing a tornado or other natural disaster, such as determining a facility’s structural safety before allowing employees and customers in, inspecting tools prior to using them for cleaning and maintenance, assessing electrical hazards, and managing power outages.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) offers a tornado preparedness checklist to help managers put safety nets in place. OSHA encourages managers to:

  • Identify shelter locations such as a basement or a small interior room or hallway on the ground floor away from doors, windows, and outside walls.
  • Avoid auditoriums, cafeterias, and gymnasiums with flat, wide-span roofs.
  • Develop a system for knowing who is in the building in the event of an emergency.
  • Establish an alarm system to warn workers of impending bad weather.
  • Account for workers, visitors, and customers as they arrive in the shelter, using a prepared roster or checklist.
  • Assign specific duties to workers in advance of an actual weather emergency.

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