Do you remember in 2001 when someone claimed that the end of the world was going to happen on some given Saturday? Most people laughed it off, but many folks actually believed it, and even those who didn’t believe it, seemed to prepare themselves just in case. They may have called a loved one, or done something they wanted to get done just in case it was be in the world. It’s funny how people are when you think about it, and yet that same month there were giant Tornadoes in Alabama, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and that deadly Tornado in Joplin Missouri.
Okay so this brings up another question; is your business prepared for a major event like that? Is your business prepared to protect your customers, employees, and even your own life in the event that a Tornado is coming? Many people have storm cellars in areas that are known for the occasional tornadic cells in their homes, but very few businesses have storm cellars. Many food businesses have walk-in refrigerators, and your employees could get inside of those. In fact there was a story about some folks that were able to seek refuge in one during the Joplin Missouri Tornado and six people got into a cooler.
There was an interesting article in Homeland Security Newswire published on May 27, 2011 under the heading of “Disasters” and titled; “Deadly Storms Spark Rush for Storm Shelters” which made a very good point in explaining why folks are out buying bomb-shelter type emergency habitats. The article first reminds the reader of the intense devastating tornadoes in Spring of 2011. The piece stated:
“One company is installing more than forty shelters a day around the country; storm shelters can cost anywhere from $3,000 to tens of thousands of dollars depending on the quality of construction; the FEMA has been encouraging states to use federal disaster aid money to encourage homeowners to purchase storm shelters by offering subsidies.”
It’s hard to say if it is true your responsibility to have a Tornado proof room in your business. There is no law making you must put one in. Maybe some of the cities which have been totally destroyed will in the future put that into the building codes, but it would seem to me that it is common sense for those rebuilding. And speaking of common sense, why don’t you ask yourself;
“Should my workplace safety policy include protecting my customers, workers, and even myself from a tornado?”
The reason you need to ask yourself this now, is there won’t be time once a Tornado is already on its way. Indeed I hope you will please consider all this and think on it.