March 16, 2016

By: Chelsea Verissimo, DKI Ventures, LLC

March generally begins tornado season, yet this varies by region, as shown in the graphic above, which also shows which states are most affected by tornadoes. Are you prepared? Tornadoes can strike quickly with little to no warning. Always be prepared before it’s too late.

  1. Put together an emergency kit.
  2. Form a communications plan with your employees.
  3. Be prepared to take shelter immediately if you see any signs of danger:
    • Dark, often greenish sky
    • Large hail
    • A large, dark, low-lying cloud (particularly if rotating)
    • Loud roar, similar to a freight train
  4. Listen to the radio and television newscasts for the latest weather reports and information.

Know the facts:

  • Tornadoes may appear nearly transparent until dust and debris are picked up or a cloud forms in the funnel.
  • Tornadoes have been known to move in any direction.
  • Tornadoes may vary from stationary speeds up to 70 mph (the average forward speed is 30 mph).
  • Supercell thunderstorms are the best predictors of tornado activity.
  • The difference between a tornado watch and warning.