HCS Tornado Safety

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HCS Tornado Safety

  1. 1. TORNADOES Tornadoes are nature’s most violent storms Tornadoes can appear suddenly without warning Tornadoes may be invisible until dust and debris are picked up Tornadoes can occur ANYWHERE and ANYTIME
  2. 2. KNOW THE SIGNS Very dark clouds, often greenish sky Whirling dust of debris on the ground under a cloud base (sometimes no visible funnel) Hail and/or heavy rain Loud, continuous roar or rumble, which doesn’t fade in a few seconds like thunder does
  3. 3. STAY INFORMED If the weather looks bad, tune in to weather reports via radio or TV Weather websites:  www.noaa.gov  www.weather.com  Your local TV station’s website In case the power goes out, a battery operated radio is a good thing to have Flex your technology muscle! Check out the Tornado App from the Red Cross! www.redcross.org
  4. 4. WHAT TO LISTEN FOR TORNADO WATCH  A WATCH means that conditions are good for a tornado or serious storm TORNADO WARNING  A WARNING means that a tornado has been spotted or indicated by weather radar – take cover immediately
  5. 5. WHAT TO DO Seek shelter  Move to an underground shelter or basement  Or move to an interior room on the lowest floor (hallway, conference room, etc.)  Stay away from windows If you are outside, get inside as fast as possible  If you cannot find indoor shelter, try to lay lower than road level (ditch, valley)  Do not stay in an automobile
  6. 6. BE PREPARED Let coworkers, friends, family know if bad weather is on the way Know your program’s safe area(s) If you were at a drill or at a safety meeting and your coworkers weren’t, let them know what happened Assist consumers in getting to a safe area within HCS buildings Know what to do if you’re on a home visit
  7. 7. MORE INFORMATION Check out the following websites for additional information about tornadoes and tornado safety:  www.noaa.gov / www.weather.gov  www.weather.com  www.vaemergency.gov  www.redcross.org
  8. 8. This presentation has beenbrought to you by the Q&C Guild
  9. 9. This presentation has beenbrought to you by the Q&C Guild

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