When severe weather conditions become apparent, the U.S. Weather Bureau describes conditions by two (2) classifications, a Watch or a Warning. This applies to the reporting of severe thunderstorms, the approach of weather conditions favoring the formation of tornadoes, a hurricane condition, a winter storm condition, etc. A Watch becomes effective when atmospheric conditions are right to produce the particular weather phenomenon. A Warning means that the weather condition has been spotted and prompt action must be taken for safety reasons.
Except in very rare circumstances, the decision to evacuate the building based on the adverse weather reports will not be made by the Building Management Office, but rather by the concerned tenant(s). However, in the event adverse weather conditions do exist, the following guidelines should be kept in mind:
- Move away from outside windows. If the windows in your offices are supplied with blinds, close the blinds (this will provide some protection if the glass should break).
- Do not panic.
- Turn on a radio/television to monitor the progress of the weather system.
- If evacuated, before leaving remember to lock all desk drawers and take all items of value with you. If necessary, lock your office door.
- Use the stairwells rather than the elevators.
Do not return to your office until advised to do so by the Building Management Office.