Do you have an emergency plan at the office? Do you know what to do when an emergency occurs? It is important for management and employees to review their emergency plan on a yearly basis in addition to making it a part of new employee training.

  1. Identify shelter locations

Seek a small interior room or hallway on the lowest floor possible

Stay away from doors, windows and outside walls

Stay in the center of the room and avoid corners (because they attract debris)

Find rooms constructed with reinforced concrete, brick or block with no windows or roof system overhead

Avoid auditoriums, cafeterias and gymnasiums that have flat, wide-span roofs

2. Develop a system for knowing who is inside and outside the building

3. Establish an alarm system to warn workers and test those systems frequently

4. Develop plans to communicate warning to personnel with disabilities or who do not speak English.

5. Use a prepared roster or checklist and take a head count

6. Assign specific duties to workers in advance, create a checklist for each specific responsibility, and have employee alternates trained in case the assigned person is not there or injured. Be sure to have one person in charge of bringing or checking to make sure a first aid kit is at the shelter location.

Safety is a top priority at Crown Services, Inc. We want to make sure our Field Associates and Staff are prepared for tornados and other emergencies.