Approximately 1,225 tornados will strike the continental United States this year, and a majority of them will happen between April and June. Perhaps the most destructive natural disasters, these whirlwinds oftentimes develop suddenly and without warning, leaving its victims little time to react.
When every second counts, the importance of having a dependable alert system in place, like Regroup Mass Notification, cannot be underestimated. Especially given recent findings that emergency notification through texts or automated calls make more effective tornado alerts than traditional sirens.
When evaluating the right emergency mass notification platform for your town or business, make sure it offers the following features:
- Integration with the system run by the nation’s foremost weather experts can help save lives and property, mitigate risks and ensure that your entire network remains prepared, diligent and safe.
- Regroup’s NWS/NOAA integration enables you to quickly disseminate, multi-channel, location-based NWS watches and warnings, prime wildfire conditions and more, in real-time — reaching members of your network wherever they are when severe weather is threatening.
Critical Alerting On the Fly
- The ability to rapidly launch critical alerts and coordinate response efforts, whether in the office or in the field, and sound the alarm in a moment’s notice from computers,smartphones, tablets, and landlines.
Automated Critical Alerts
- An automated emergency notification process to accelerate transmission of critical alerts and reduce the margin for human error. In a crisis, having the ability to issue evacuation orders or instruct people to shelter-in-place — automatically, without any human intervention — can save valuable time and lives.
Unified Emergency Communications
- Rapid transmission of critical alerts to multiple communication channels, simultaneously, including: digital signage, PA systems, websites, and social media — all with a single click from a user-friendly interface.
In addition to having a dependable mass notification system in place, before a tornado strikes, here are some additional tips to help your business and employees weather the next storm*:
- Create a crisis management plan, including an emergency notification provision, to provide all employees, clients, customers and visitors with clear instructions in an emergency.
- Share your crisis management plan with your team and proactively solicit questions or feedback about the plan. For example, are the steps easy to understand? Do improvements need to be made?
- Conduct frequent drills to give the team time to practice the plan.
- Identify critical employees, and discuss what you expect of them during a potential disaster. These employees may need to work immediately following the storm to protect and reestablish crucial IT systems, maintain HR and payroll functions or continue to manage the supply chain.
- Investigate temporary office space and research travel, hotel, and meal arrangements in case employees do need to work remotely.
- Obtain and store extra water, flashlights, batteries, first aid supplies, even non-perishable food, to make any potential time sheltering-in-place as comfortable as possible for team members.
- Consider designating a disaster shelter area and make sure this area is clearly marked on building maps and in the documented disaster plan.
During the Tornado
- In the event of a tornado warning, instruct employees to move to interior, lower-level rooms away from windows.
- Instruct employees to shelter-in-place, protecting their heads and necks with their arms.
After the Tornado
- Activate your emergency communication plan to alert employees of what’s happening and next steps.
- If your office was damaged during the storm, you will need to hire an inspector to assess the extent of the damage and certify the building is safe for re-entry.
*For more insights on improving emergency preparedness at your business, The Regroup Blog has published these helpful tips.
As the most active and dangerous three-month period of the year for tornadoes in the United States continues, getting the right mass alert system in place now will help protect lives and businesses by providing crucial advance notice before the next, potentially catastrophic, weather event.
Regroup Mass Notification is an award-winning provider of mass communication solutions committed to providing civic entities and emergency management teams with effective, reliable tools for alerting and protecting communities during times of crisis. To learn more, call 775-476-8710, take advantage of a free demo at Regroup.com/demo or email firstname.lastname@example.org.