When tornado sirens wail, a good response plan can help keep your people safe. Lifesaving actions start with recognizing severe weather conditions, developing a plan for your ministry’s employees and visitors, and being ready to act when a storm hits.
It’s important to understand the differences between various weather advisories. The National Weather Service can issue the following alerts:
Find out if your area has a weather alert siren—your community may call it a civil defense siren—to warn of approaching storms. Contact local emergency professionals and ask whether the siren will signal for a tornado watch or just a tornado warning. Most municipalities perform regular testing. Learn when tests are conducted to ensure you are in range to hear the siren.
According to the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center, look for these signs of a tornado:
Be aware: many tornadoes are wrapped in heavy precipitation and can't be seen. If you suspect that a storm is brewing, listen to a weather radio programmed for your area, or check local television and radio broadcasts for the latest updates.
While certain areas of the United States experience a defined tornado season, the National Weather Service cautions that aggressive storms can strike at any time of day, any day of the year, all over the country. To protect those on your property during a storm, consider forming a tornado response plan. Your plan should include:
Having these precautions in place can promote a calmer environment in the event of a real tornado. A plan prepared specifically for your ministry creates confidence in your leaders and can decrease the potential for injury because of a storm.
For more information to help in developing your tornado safety plan, refer to the following resources:
Before, during, and after a tornado resources from Ready.gov.
Preparing for a Tornado from the CDC.
Tornado Safety from the American Red Cross.
Is your workplace prepared for a tornado? from the National Safety Council.
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