Equipment Needs for Severe Weather

Equipment Needs for Severe Weather

Little to nothing can be more destructive than a severe weather situation. Not only can they destroy property and damage equipment, but also cause injury and even fatality. Having the right plans and equipment can mean the difference between devastation and successful navigation of a storm.



Tornadoes can strike virtually anywhere at any time. They are quick at onset, and can strike with little to no warning ahead of time. With winds exceeding 100 miles per hour, they can cause unparalleled damage in the mere minutes during which they are active. Knowing the best preparation practices can make the difference when these spontaneous events touch down in your area.

  1. Tornado Preparedness
    • The most important factor in tornado preparedness is having a predetermined shelter. Ensure that everyone in your workplace knows where the shelter is and how to get there quickly. Have an emergency kit on hand, including first aid supplies and water.
  2. Tornado Response
    • If a tornado watch or warning has been issued for your area, find shelter immediately. If a prescribed tornado shelter is unavailable, seek refuge in a storm cellar or basement until the storm passes.
    • Once the storm has passed, exit your shelter with caution. Be aware of any debris that may have been dropped in or near your exit area.


Hurricanes, also known as typhoons, are a severe type of tropical storm. They are comprised of a cyclone accompanied by severe thunderstorms. These storms can cause devastating damage to coastal regions, and even several hundred miles inland. Wind from hurricanes can blow up to 155 miles per hour, and their heavy rains frequently cause flooding and water damage.

  1. Hurricane Preparedness
    • If you live in or near a coastal region, you should always have an emergency kit ready, including first aid supplies and water. You should know the official evacuation routes and how to get to higher ground if flooding should occur. It is also a good idea to have a generator available in case of prolonged power outages.
  2. Hurricane Response
    • If a hurricane warning has been issued for your area, listen to radio or television for instructions; you may be required to evacuate depending on the severity of the approaching storm. Secure doors and windows. Stay indoors and away from glass (such as windows or storm doors).


Most winter storms fall with a moderate range of snow in the window of a few hours. Some winter storms, however, can have heavy winds with blinding snow that lasts for several days. Snow accumulation can be several feet high, with heavy ice-cover, and dangerously low temperatures. Snow and ice removal items are a must for this type of weather.

  1. Blizzard Preparedness
    • Emergency kits including rock salt, snow shovels, blankets and alternative heating sources in case of power outage are a must-have when preparing for severe winter weather. Your storm kit should also include first aid supplies, water, flashlights, and batteries.
  2. Blizzard Response
    • It is best to minimize travel during blizzards, and to stay indoors until the storm is over. When walking outside, be wary of icy conditions. Remain in dry clothing to help prevent frostbite and hypothermia.

Flash Floods

A flash flood is a rapid flow of water into an area that is usually dry within six hours of a causation event (such as intense rainfall). This also applies to a rapidly-rising stream or river above the normal flood line.

  1. Flash Flood Preparedness
    • Know the general flood risk for your area, and your proximity to streams and rivers that may be more likely to rise quickly. Always have an emergency supply kit ready, including first aid supplies, flashlights and batteries. Familiarize yourself with how to get to higher ground quickly.
  2. Flash Flood Response
    • If a flood watch has been issued for your area, it means that the conditions are right for a flood to occur. It is best practice to seek higher ground if possible. Listen to your local news for instructions. Most importantly, never try to drive your car through flood waters - it only takes one foot of moving water to take your car away.

Be Aware of the Weather

Your local news service will always have the most up-to-date and pertinent information regarding severe weather conditions in your area. The best way to be prepared for any scenario is to have clear lines of communication with everyone in your facility about where to go and what to do if a severe weather warning is issued.


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