Tornadoes can hit any time, and it's up to you to make sure your employees know what to do if one strikes in your area. To make sure your office is prepared, you need to create an emergency plan specifically for tornadoes. Having a plan ready in case there is a tornado helps ensure your employees' safety and allows you to get your office back up and running quickly so that you don't lose a ton of money.
Create an Evacuation Plan
It's imperative to have an evacuation plan for your employees to follow if a tornado hits. Remember, tornadoes can strike quickly, with little to no warning. So, making sure your employees know what to do ahead of time can save lives. Create an evacuation plan that gets all of your employees to the lowest level of your building, preferably to a room without any windows, as quick as possible. Make sure your employees know that they shouldn't leave the building during a tornado warning, and conduct random tornado drills to ensure everyone knows what to do if a tornado hits.
It's important to have designated people in charge of your evacuation, so consider making each team leader responsible for his or her own team. The people who are in charge during an emergency evacuation should make sure all of the employees in the building are accounted for and be trained in first aid in case someone gets injured.
Build a Tornado Kit
You should have an emergency tornado kit in your office. Ideally, you should keep your supplies in the area that is chosen for your employees to gather during the tornado. However, you might want to keep additional first aid kits in supervisors' offices in case someone gets injured on the way to the designated shelter. In addition to first aid supplies you should have:
- Enough food and water to last your employees for up to three days
- Battery-operated radio
- Landline telephone
Keep Your Office Running
You should consider installing commercial generators in your office so that you have power if a tornado knocks the electricity in the area out. This way, your building has electricity immediately after the storm. Not only will installing a commercial generator provide your employees with electricity right after a tornado, making it easier to look for anyone who might be injured, but it also helps to ensure your office can get back up and running as quickly as possible. Remember, after you have a commercial generator installed, it can be used whenever needed. So, if there is a severe storm that knocks the area's electricity out, your employees will be able to continue working through the storm.
In order to keep your employees safe and protect your bottom line, your office needs an emergency plan for tornadoes. After all, being prepared could save your employees' lives if a tornado hits.