When severe weather conditions become apparent, the National Weather Service describes conditions with 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 means that conditions are favorable for the development of severe weather in and along the boundaries of the Watch Area. A Watch Area is generally determined by the specific counties or geographical area.
A Warning means that severe weather is occurring or that severe weather is imminent and that immediate steps should be taken to safeguard life and property.
Except in very rare circumstances, the decision to evacuate the building based on the above weather reports will not be made by property management, but rather by each tenant in accordance with their own emergency evacuation plan. However, in the event these 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 protection from broken glass).
- Do not panic.
- If evacuated, lock all desk drawers and take all items of value with you.
- If evacuated, use a route that is in the building interior and stay away from large expanses of glass and windows.
- Use the stairwells rather than the elevators.
- If evacuated, do not return to your office until advised to do so.