When severe weather conditions become apparent, the U.S. Weather Bureau describes conditions by 1) Watch or 2) 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. Watch becomes effective when atmospheric conditions are present that can produce the particular weather phenomenon. Warning means that the weather condition has been spotted and prompt action must be taken to enhance safety.
Except in very rare circumstances, the decision to evacuate the building based on the above weather reports will not be made by building management, but rather by each tenant company.
In the event these conditions do exist, follow these guidelines:
- 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.