When you live in an area prone to tornadoes, it seems like they can touch down anywhere at any time. Tornadoes don’t care whether you are at work, at school, or driving your car. That’s why it’s so important to be prepared and know the right thing to do no matter where you are at. In today’s blog at Stormbox, we discuss five tornado tips for work and school. You can also check out our Tornado Tips: At Home blog for useful information about what to do when a tornado strikes and you are at home.
Read on to see our top five tips and contact us at Stormbox today for a reliable and effective community storm shelter.
1. Find the Lowest Floor
If you do not have a community storm shelter in place at your work or school, the next best thing is to make your way to the lowest floor of the building. Some offices and schools have basements. If your school or work has a basement, that is going to be the best place for you to be. Otherwise, do your best to find an interior room with as few doors and windows as possible. This puts as many things in between you and the tornado as possible.
2. Avoid Large Rooms
Many schools and workplaces have large auditoriums, theaters, or other very open and large rooms. It’s best to avoid rooms with large roofs and find cover in a room with a smaller one. The last thing anyone wants is to be crushed by the very same large roof meant to protect you. Interior bathrooms, classrooms, boardrooms, and other smaller rooms with few windows are going to be a superior option.
3. Stay Clear of Windows
At Stormbox, if you encounter a tornado while you are at work or school, it’s also best to stay clear of the windows. There is a good reason that Stormbox community storm shelters aren’t made with windows. Windows can break from high winds, hail, and flying debris from a tornado. Projectiles flying in through windows and hurting someone and shards of glass being hurtled toward you is a scenario you will want to avoid if at all possible.
4. Use Cover
The fourth tip we have for you is to find some cover to protect yourself. Mats, tables, benches, and anything else that can provide some protection from flying debris is free game. Even if you are in a room without very many windows, you may still encounter debris moving very quickly. To avoid injury, it’s best to put whatever you can between yourself and the tornado.
5. Be Prepared
Last but certainly not least: be prepared. At Stormbox, our community storm shelters are far and above the best and easier way to be prepared for a tornado. These tornado safe rooms are rated for up to EF-5 tornadoes, are easy to use, and are affordable options for protecting groups of people like those found at schools and workplaces.
Besides having a community storm shelter in place at work or school, you can make sure that you and your family have a plan in case a tornado situation arrives while at school or work. If everyone knows the plan and is keeping a watchful eye on weather stations, this will give everyone the best possible chance to remain unhurt.
We hope today’s blog helps you be more prepared for your next tornado — no matter where you are at. To learn more about our community storm shelters and to start with a free quote, contact us today!