Having advanced notice of an approaching tornado is critical to protecting your employees and on-site customers. A new tornado preparedness guide identifies six key tornado warning signs:
1. A rotating, funnel-shaped cloud that extends from a thunderstorm toward the ground may be visible.
2. An approaching cloud of debris, especially at ground level, can mark the location of a tornado even if a funnel is not visible.
3. A loud roar that sounds similar to a freight train.
4. A strange quiet occurring within or shortly after a thunderstorm. The wind may die down and the air may become very still.
5. Debris dropping from the sky.
6. A change in the color of the sky.
Perhaps more importantly is to tune-in and stay informed using localmedia, an NOAA All Hazards (Weather) Radio, text alerts, smart phone apps, and other methods to monitor severe weather.
Checkout the full “How to Prepare for a Tornado” guide at the following website with tips on taking action, evaluating sheltering options, and post-disaster protection: http://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/98108