Tornado and Severe Weather Safety

Most of the states in our chapter are known for tornadoes during the spring. The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center also notes that, “tornadoes can occur at any time during the year and at any place in the United States.” It is important that employees understand the basic elements of tornado safety.

Map of the U.S.A. showing Tornado Alley and the meterological causes of it (cold dry air on the northwest, warm moist air on the southeast, warm dry air on the southwest, and the jet stream).
Tornado Alley

When severe weather has been predicted for the area in which you work, employees are encouraged to listen to a NOAA or commercial radio, check for storm warning information at the NWS/NOAA website, or watch TV, if possible, for weather information.

It is important to know the difference between a tornado watch and a tornado warning:

  • Tornado Watch – Issued when tornadoes are possible in your area due to storm conditions. This is the time to prepare by recalling where the safest places in your building are located and to remind your co-workers of the same. Continue to listen to radio or TV for further developments.
  • Tornado Warning – Issued when a tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar.

Please share your tips and stories related to this very important subject. Above all, please be safe.

Author: chapterpresident

I have worked in the FDA since 1990 in a variety of positions. I currently serve as chapter president of NTEU Chapter 254, representing FDA employees in Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah.