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Grainger helps you prepare for, respond to and recover from all hazards, including tornadoes.

 

Generated from thunderstorms, tornadoes are one of the most violent storms known, and can strike with little to no warning. These funnels of rotating wind stretch from thunderstorm clouds to the ground and can reach 300 miles per hour, demolishing buildings and entire neighborhoods within seconds. The path of damage left can extend one mile wide and 50 miles long. Every state is potentially at risk.

 

Planning for a Tornado
A comprehensive emergency plan communicated and tested with your personnel helps minimize loss to your business during a power outage. FEMA, OSHA and NIOSH have published recommendations on building preparedness plans.

 

Contact your Grainger Representative for more customized Business Continuity Planning assistance. One of our regional specialists will work with you and your Account Manager. If you don't know who your Grainger representative is, you can check with your local branch.

Preparing for a Tornado



Tornado Preparation Tips

  • Stay alert to the sky and monitor radio or television for weather updates.
  • Look for a persistent rotation in the cloud base and whirling dust or debris on the ground under a cloud.
  • Listen for a loud, continuous roar.
  • Take shelter immediately if you see these danger signs.
  • Go to the basement or the lowest part of the building in the center of the building. Interior stairwells or small rooms with no windows are best. Avoid windows!
  • Crouch as low as possible, face-down and cover your head.

 

Responding After a Tornado

Although early detection and response capabilities are improving in the United States, we cannot control nature. However, mitigate losses with prompt action and a well-organized preparedness and response plan. Most importantly, make sure your communication plan is in place to reach all of your employees and confirm their safety.

 




Tornado Response Tips

  • As with any event, give first aid to the injured and only move them if they are in danger by remaining where they are.
  • Be alert to safety issues created by the devastation of the storm. Avoid entering any buildings with structural or other visible damage until authorized to do so by local officials.
  • Immediately report any gas leaks, downed or damaged electrical wires and spilled chemical or other potentially hazardous materials to authorities or the utility companies.
  • Use caution when walking through debris. Watch for animals, broken glass and other materials, water and other spilled items that could cause injury or illness.

 

Recovering From a Tornado

Data from past disasters has shown that roughly 40% of businesses that close after a disaster never reopen, so getting back to normal quickly is essential to your business and your employees.

 




Tornado Recovery Tips

  • First take care of your family's and employees' health. The speed and degree of devastation can be traumatizing. Activate your communication plan to ensure everyone is safe and receiving the support they need immediately after the event, and throughout the recovery phase.
  • Repair and rebuild to mitigate damage to your facility from future disasters. Work with contractors to reinforce windows and doors.
  • Reinforce and secure siding and roofs, and all tie-downs or anchoring for exterior equipment and movable structures.
  • Remove trees and trim dead branches to remove potential windborne missiles.

 

Additional Tornado Resources

Grainger helps you prepare for, respond to and recover from all hazards, including tornadoes.

 

Generated from thunderstorms, tornadoes are one of the most violent storms known, and can strike with little to no warning. These funnels of rotating wind stretch from thunderstorm clouds to the ground and can reach 300 miles per hour, demolishing buildings and entire neighborhoods within seconds. The path of damage left can extend one mile wide and 50 miles long. Every state is potentially at risk.

 

Planning for a Tornado
A comprehensive emergency plan communicated and tested with your personnel helps minimize loss to your business during a power outage. FEMA, OSHA and NIOSH have published recommendations on building preparedness plans.

 

Contact your Grainger Representative for more customized Business Continuity Planning assistance, . One of our regional specialists work with you and your Account Manager. If you don't know who your Grainger representative is, you can check with your local branch.

 

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