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In light of the recent bout of severe weather, I am sharing some basic information that we use in our agency as a part of our own Disaster Recovery Plan.  Last week we discussed flooding.  Now I'd like to talk about something that frightens and fascinates all of us, especially us Oklahoma folks - Tornadoes.  Being smack dab in the middle or tornado season, safety for our family and businesses is first and foremost.  And there are things we can do to help keep all that we hold dear safe.

Here is a sample (from our agency Disaster Recovery Plan) of an emergency procedure for tornadoes

Immediate Emergency Procedures for TORNADO/SEVERE WEATHER

Prior to a tornado/severe weather occurrence:

1. Agency personnel should stay aware of outside weather conditions.

2. Supervisors should monitor local radio, television and/or NOAA weather radio frequencies for alert status.

If a Tornado/Severe Weather Warning* is issued (meaning that a tornado has been identified or that severe weather is approaching):

1.  Supervisors should alert all employees and other persons in the building and direct them to proceed to the designated shelter areas.

2.  Once in the designated shelter area, all persons should assume protective positions against or near walls and away from the doors and windows.

3.  All persons are to remain in the designated shelter area until danger is past.

4.  After the warning has expired and the danger has passed, Supervisors should inspect the agency premises for damage, take photographs and notify the agency's insurance carrier of the occurrence.

5.  If damage assessment warrants, call 911 to report the occurrence and evacuate the building.

These procedures can also be used for your home/family.

*Tornado Warning signs:
Dark, often greenish sky
Large "wall" clouds
Large hail
Loud roar (similar to a freight train)


- Tornado wind speeds can reach 250 miles per hour.

- Tornadoes can be a mile wide and can travel on the ground for as many as 50 miles.

- Approximately 3 out of every 4 of the world's tornadoes occur in the United States.

- Tornadoes has been reported in all 50 states and have happened in all seasons.

- On average, tornadoes cause 70 fatalities and 1,500 injuries in the U.S. each year.

Be aware and be safe.

Kathleen Hattensty
Director of Business Development

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