Tornado Safety

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Kevin Miner–

A tornado is a violently rotating column of air extending from a thunderstorm to the ground. The damage from a tornado is a result of the high wind speeds and wind-blown debris. Tornado season is generally late March through May in Illinois, although tornadoes can and do occur at any time of the year. They tend to occur in the afternoons and evenings with 50% occurring between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.  Please review and follow these tips adapted from FEMA, the State Climatologist Office for Illinois, and company procedures in the event of a tornado.

 If you are at home during a tornado:

  • Go to a windowless interior room on the lowest level of your house. Go to a storm cellar or basement if your house has one. If there is no basement, go to an inner hallway or a smaller inner room without windows, such as a bathroom or closet.
  • Get away from the windows.
  • Go to the center of the room. Stay away from corners because they tend to attract debris.
  • Get under a piece of sturdy furniture; such as a workbench or heavy table or desk.
  • Use your arms to protect head and neck.
  • If you are in a mobile home, get out and find shelter elsewhere.

If you are at work during a tornado:

  • Push emergency stop buttons if applicable and safe to do so.
  • Go to the designated tornado shelter in your area.
  • Wait until the all clear is given.
  • Return to your work area if management has deemed it safe to do so.

If you are outdoors during a tornado:

  • If possible, get inside a building.
  • If shelter is not available or there is no time to get indoors, lie in a ditch or low-lying area or crouch near a strong building. Look out for flood waters which may also fill low areas.
  • Use your arms to protect head and neck.

If you are in a car during a tornado:

  • Never try to drive faster than a tornado in a car or truck. Tornadoes can change direction quickly and can lift up a car or truck and toss it through the air.
  • Get out of the car immediately and take shelter in a nearby building.

If there is no time to get indoors, get out of the car and lie in a ditch or low-lying area away from the vehicle. Be aware of the potential for flooding.

 

 

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