- Make sure your disaster recovery plan includes provisions for tornadoes. Practice this plan with your team periodically to avoid confusion in the event of an actual tornado.
- Have enough water, nonperishable food and medical supplies to last at least 72 hours.
- Look for the following danger signs:
- Dark, often greenish sky
- Large hail
- Low-lying clouds (particularly if rotating)
- Loud roar, similar to a freight train
- If you see approaching storms or any of the above danger signs, be prepared to take shelter immediately.
- Listen to a battery-operated radio or television for important weather updates.
- Know the difference between a tornado watch and a tornado warning.
- If indoors, stay away from windows and glass doors and go to the lowest floor of the building. Seek shelter in a small center room, under a stairwell or in an interior hallway with no windows.
- Account for all employees and address any staff injuries. For the severely injured, contact 911.
- When conditions are safe, inspect your building for damage. Take pictures for insurance purposes.
- If you come across any loose or dangling power lines, keep away from them and inform the power company immediately
- Refer to your detailed disaster recovery assessment to determine the next steps for continuing business operations.
Check out our Tornado Preparedness Checklist for other items you should gather before a tornado.