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Is it a Watch or a Warning?


Make sure you know the difference between a watch and a warning. If there is a watch that means conditions are favorable for a storm in your area, be prepared. If there is a warning that means, there is a storm happening in your area, be indoors and away from windows, take action.

Remember to have drills so that your employees know when to go, where to go, and how to get there. What is your fastest time?

During a tornado:

  1. Go to the basement or take shelter in a small interior ground floor room such as a bathroom, closet or hallway.
  2. If you have no basement, protect yourself by taking shelter under a heavy table or desk.
  3. In all cases, stay away from windows, outside walls and doors.


During a storm:

  1. Stay away from windows if you are in a severe thunderstorm warning and damaging wind or large hail is approaching. Do not go to large open rooms such as cafeterias, gymnasiums or auditoriums.
  2. Go inside a sturdy building immediately if severe thunderstorms are approaching. Sheds and storage facilities are not safe. Taking shelter under a tree can be deadly. The tree may fall on you. Standing under a tree also put you at a greater risk of getting struck by lightning.
  3. Being in a vehicle during severe thunderstorms is safer than being outside; however, drive to closest secure shelter if there is sufficient time.


Safety tips from the National Weather Service – Covering 19 different areas of weather

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