When severe weather conditions become apparent, the U.S. Weather Bureau describes conditions by two (2) classifications, a Watch or a Warning. This applies to the reporting of severe thunderstorms, the approach of weather conditions favoring the formation of tornadoes, a hurricane condition, a winter storm condition, etc. A Watch becomes effective when atmospheric conditions are right to produce the particular weather phenomenon. A Warning means that the weather condition has been spotted and prompt action must be taken for safety.
In the event these conditions do exist, keep radios or televisions tuned to local news and weather reports. The following guidelines should be kept in mind:
- Move away from building perimeter and exterior glass. If the windows in your offices are supplied with blinds, close the blinds (this will provide protection from broken glass).
- Do not panic. Keep calm. If trapped in an outside office, seek protection under a desk.
- If instructed to evacuate, lock all desk drawers and take all items of value with you. Use a route that is in the building interior and stay away from large expanses of glass and windows.
- Use the stairwells rather than the elevators.
- Do not return to your office until advised to do so.