Last year, in May alone, there were 267 tornadoes across 25 states, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). In all, there were seven weather and climate disaster events in the U.S. in 2013 resulting in 109 deaths and losses of more than $1 billion per event. It’s critical that businesses are prepared for severe weather emergencies.
OSHA and NOAA encourage employers to create an emergency plan, train workers on these plans, stay aware of weather forecasts and keep emergency supplies at the ready. Below is a list of some of the basics every business should have in their severe weather emergency kit.
- Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
- Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
- Wipes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Manual can opener for food
- Local maps
- Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
Count on Keeney’s for the essential supplies you need to prepare for severe weather emergencies. The United States Department of Labor has even more information to help businesses prepare for severe weather – click for Checklists and Additional Resources