Tornado season occurs from April to June, which gives your business time to prepare for a tornado. It can be tough to prepare for a tornado as they can come on suddenly and with little warning. If you own a business in the midwest it’s critical to think about ways to keep you and your employees safe. You need to be proactive in how you protect your assets or manage a fuel fleet during emergencies. Here are some tips to prepare for a tornado and how you can protect your company.
If you are at risk of tornados often, you need to be able to recognize the signs of a tornado. Tornadoes can happen fast and with little warning. It is critical that you are aware of the weather and for any shifts in the atmosphere. If you start to notice any funnel-shaped or rotating clouds, you need to prepare for a tornado. Also, if you start to see debris moving or hearing loud noises you need to seek shelter immediately. Although an obvious way to prepare for a tornado, it bears repeating that knowing the signs can help save you time when it matters most.
Tornado siren warnings differ from state to state, and sometimes are frightening. However, you need to know what your local warning is so you can have more time to prepare for a tornado. You should use it as a signal to immediately seek cover. Another thing to keep in mind is when cities are testing their tornado warnings. If you hear a siren immediately have all employees follow the procedure in protecting themselves and their gear.
Does your company have a plan to prepare for a tornado? All personnel should follow safety guidelines laid out by the company to protect them. Make sure employees will have access to a safe and secure location to store themselves and their equipment. Not having a plan can cost lives and thousands of dollars in property damage. Also, have an individual plan for your home. Your kids and spouse should know where to go and what to do in case of an emergency. Make sure you go over the plan throughout the year and especially when you move to a new home. You will also want to invest in a backup generator for both your business and family.
For your family, make sure you have a first aid kit when you prepare for a tornado. It can be a lifesaver for you and your family to learn some basic first aid skills. This can go a long way coupled with a first aid kit. You will also want to stock up on extra can goods and water. You never know what could happen during a tornado. For your company, you should also have first aid kits stationed in secure zones where they can be easily reached. If you are at the beginning of tornado season, it is wise to stock up on supplies such as fuel. Extra fuel during an emergency situation can help your business run smoothly even if your local gas station is taken out. You will also want someone to take care of your backup generator should you need it.
In your safety plan, you should have a room where you can meet and be safe. Fema recommends a safe room or basement. If you do not have this at your business or home, you will need to construct a room to prepare for a tornado. It can keep you safe during the most violent and unpredictable storms. It’s also one of the best ways to prepare for a tornado.
Looking at ways to be prepared during a tornado? How about being prepared for a hurricane? Moffitt Services has you covered when it comes to emergency services. Moffitt can provide fuel to your fleet even in the worst conditions. Let us help you prepare for this upcoming tornado season. Contact us today and let us help you get back to work!