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Crisis Plan Template, Tornadoes


Although forecasters cannot predict when a tornado will form, they can determine when atmospheric conditions in a given area are favorable for the formation of a tornado.

Danger Signs

  • Severe thunderstorms -- thunder, lightning, heavy rains and strong winds.
  • Hail -- pellets of ice from dark, clouded skies.
  • Roaring noise -- like railroad locomotives, a crashing sound
  • Funnel cloud -- dark spinning "rope" or column from the sky to the ground.

When these conditions prevail, the Weather Service issues a "Tornado Watch." If a tornado is actually sighted or indicated by radar, a "Tornado Warning" is issued. The warning gives the location of the tornado and the direction in which it is moving. Tornadoes usually rotate in a clockwise direction and generally move from southwest to northeast.

Because of the increasing presence of tornadoes, the company must provide the best protection for all personnel should the need arise.

Should a "Tornado Warning" be given, the crisis team will immediately assign someone to tune into the designated radio station and to continually monitor minute-by-minute developments. At some point, the crisis team might decide to alert all personnel in the building via __________

Since this is only a stand-by signal, supervisors are to continue normal activity, but be sure all staff are accounted for. Supervisors should keep calm but alert to additional signals or directions from the crisis team. In the meantime, please close any windows.

Should the crisis team determine that it is safer to move personnel to the building refuge area, such directions will be given via [give methods]. Supervisors should take employee lists with them.

All persons in the shelter area are to remain there until the "All Clear" is announced. See attached map for nearest shelter.

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