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Prepare for Tornadoes

Generated from thunderstorms, tornadoes are one of the most violent storms known, and can strike with little to no warning. According to, these funnels of rotating wind can reach 300 miles per hour, demolishing buildings and entire neighborhoods within seconds. Shop Grainger for the supplies and knowledge to help you prepare for, respond to and recover from a tornado that may hit your.

• Stay alert to the sky and monitor the 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.
• 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.
• 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 chemicals 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, or spilled liquids that could
cause injury or illness.
• First take care of your family's and employees’ health. Activate your
communication plan to ensure that 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.
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