Protecting Your Employees From Tornadoes


Tornadoes can occur with little or no warning. To help employees stay safe if a tornado occurs in your area, take precautions in advance and provide information about hazards in a tornado’s aftermath.

Understand the differences in the tornado warning system:

  • Tornado Watch - Tornadoes are likely to occur in the watch area. Be ready to act quickly and take shelter, and check supply kits. Monitor radio and television stations for more information.
  • Tornado Warning - Imminent threat. A tornado has been sighted in the area or has been indicated by radar. Take shelter immediately.

Your local emergency management office can provide further information.

Preparing for a Tornado

To prepare for a tornado, develop an emergency plan with details on suitable places to take shelter, policies to account for all employees, and procedures for addressing on-site hazardous materials. Practice this plan and review it annually.