3 Minutes to Safety
On July 13, 2004 at 2:41 in the afternoon, an F4 Tornado carrying devastating winds up to 240 mph struck Parson’s Manufacturing near Roanoke, Illinois. It was shift change, with about 140 people in the plant. Cars were lofted and mangled. I-beams were twisted.
No one was killed; in fact, no one was even injured. Looking at the devastation, you wonder “How can that be?” The answer: Parson’s Manufacturing established and practiced an extraordinarily effective severe weather plan.
Each year an average of 25 tornados touch down in eastern Iowa and western Illinois. Imagine if a tornado like the one at Roanoke strikes your facility. Would you be prepared? Would your employees be safe? Do you have an effective severe weather safety plan in place and in practice in your facilities?
The National Weather Service mission is protection of life and property, and we would like to help you develop effective severe weather safety plans for your facilities. We have developed a Severe Weather Preparedness Workshop for Industry designed for safety policy makers. These workshop materials are available here for your use.
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