The Plan of Action

By: Mike Breunling Email
By: Mike Breunling Email

Severe Weather Safety Plans for the home are rather straightforward, including:
-go to the basement if there is one...get under a sturdy object/structure, such as the
-if there is no basement, go to the lowest level, into an interior hallway
-in all instances, stay way from windows
-in all instances, have blankets or something similar to wrap the body in the event of
flying debris
-mobile homes, travel trailors, etc: Always plan to leave...never stay in one of these
structures in the event of severe weather! Determine where to go (nearby building,
etc.) in advance

Outside the home, regardless of the nature of the organization, or the number of people involved, there has to be a reasonable plan in place to provide for safety in the event of threatening weather conditions. Most schools and government institutions have such plans, which include regular drills to be sure everyone involved knows what to do. Surprisingly, many businesses, religious organizations, and other civic groups do not have a specific plan of action for severe weather. My church recently adopted a simple, yet easy to understand severe weather plan.

The specific safety plan developed will take into consideration the nature and type of business or group involved, and the type of building or structure the normal activities of the organization are housed in. Of course, some businesses or organizations operate mainly outdoors, and many if not most will have the general public on their premises as part of the routine functioning of the operation.

It is not possible for me to list all the types of settings and the
contingencies to cover severe weather here. What is important is the
recognition that a plan needs to be developed and regularly updated as
necessary to guarantee the safety of all who may be involved. The plan will have to take into consideration how severe weather conditions will be monitored, who will be in charge of the monitoring, and how the information is made available to others. The plan will need to include where to go in the event severe weather conditions threaten, with instructions that are simple and easy to follow by all.

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