With today’s weather forecast here in the Midwest predicting very strong storms, it’s a great time to make sure you have a plan for your employees’ safety.  Here at Enertech Global, we’ve taken precautions to ensure our own safety with designated safe rooms for all staff as well as “spotters” covering each side of our building. 

Do you have a plan in case of an emergency?  To help you prepare, let’s review some information to help you and your team members stay safe!

First, familiarize yourself with the terms.  There is a very important difference between a “Tornado Watch” and a “Tornado Warning.”  If we’re under a watch, it simply means that tornadoes are possible.  Be alert, watch the skies, and be ready to move should one develop. Now, when there is a warning, you need to take shelter immediately. As you know, tornadoes can be very unpredictable and can creep up with little to no warning, so your best bet is to be prepared. 

While tornadoes are most likely to occur between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. and move Southwest to Northeast, they can occur at any time and move in any direction.  Know the signs.  Look for dark, often greenish sky, large hail, a dark, low-lying cloud (particularly if rotating), or a loud roar similar to a freight train.  If you see these, be ready to take cover immediately. 

Now that’s for if you are inside, but what about your team members who are out on the road?  If you are outside, make sure you immediately get into a vehicle and buckle your seat belt.  If there is time, drive to your nearest sturdy shelter.  If not, stay in your car, put your head down below the windows, and cover your head with your hands, a blanket, or even a cushion if possible. 

If you’re driving, watch out for debris.  Flying debris from tornadoes causes the most fatalities and injuries.  If you are hit while driving, pull over and park.  If you can, try to get to a lower area of the roadway, like a ditch. Do not get under an overpass or bridge.  You are safer in a low, flat location. 

These are just a few tips and ideas for making sure you stay safe during tornado season.  The best thing you can do is to be prepared, and make sure your employees are informed of your emergency plans.  For more information on tornadoes and what to do to prepare, go to http://www.ready.gov/tornadoes

You can also download the Red Cross Tornado app.  It’s free and is available in both English and Spanish for iPhone, iPad and Android smart phone or tablet users.  It gives you access to local and real-time information as well as information on what to do before, during and after a tornado.  It includes a high-pitched siren and “tornado warning” alert letting you know when the NOAA has issued a tornado warning for your area.  It also includes an “all clear” alert as well. 

Don't wait! There's never a better time to take action. Stay safe today and everyday by putting a plan in place for your business.