Expecting the Unexpected: Resources for Springtime Weather Emergencies

Expecting the Unexpected: Resources for Springtime Weather Emergencies


Spring is upon us, giving us all more opportunities for outdoor activities, but it also brings with it crazy weather patterns, like lightening, thunderstorms, flooding, and, more specifically, tornados. Tornado season is here, and we want to make sure you are prepared.

Live Science gets it right, when they say, “Tornadoes are the most powerful, unpredictable and destructive weather system on Earth.” The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) also provided a great resource on, “How to Prepare for a Tornado.”

Since protecting and saving lives is our first priority here at HSI, we gladly take time out of our day to practice safety drills at work, such as tornado warning procedures. Along with our customers, we want our team to be safe and know what to do in extreme weather conditions, because knowing what to do and where to go in an emergency while at work is important; bad weather doesn’t wait for you to be home.

America’s PrepareAthon wants you to know the risks, have a plan and practice it. They have three things for you to remember: Be Smart, Take Part, and Prepare.

The Boston College Office of Emergency Management offers a useful PDF overview that outlines typical severe spring weather (including a glossary of NOAA warning terminology), and which lists a number of useful suggestions for before, during, and after the big storms and severe weather. Today I wanted to highlight their auto safety section, to remind everyone that, just because you’re in your car, it doesn’t mean you’re off the hook for being vigilant and tuned into the environment around you:


You can download the Boston College PDF here.

The experts at FEMA also have a number of resources available for businesses and individuals to “prepare, plan, and stay informed.” Visit the site at http://www.ready.gov/.


When disaster strikes, panic and confusion often follow close behind. The key to an efficient emergency response is proper planning and preparation. All employees need to be aware of procedures to follow in an emergency situation — be it due to weather, fire, chemical release or any other type of incident.

This attention-getting program will help all your workers prepare and plan for any potential emergency. In this training program, Disaster Readiness, your employees will learn:

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