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Severe Weather

A. Floor Warden’s Responsibilities Whenever severe weather conditions are reported, the Fire Warden should follow procedures for that particular condition.

B. Tornadoes or High Winds

  1. When a tornado watch is announced, this means that tornadoes are expected in, or near, your area. Keep your radio, television or cell phone app tuned to a local station for information and advice from your local government and the weather service. Also, keep watching the sky. If you see any revolving, funnel-shaped clouds, report them immediately by calling 911. (You may watch when a watch is announced. Never go to the windows during a warning.)
  2. When a tornado warning is issued, it means that a tornado has actually been sighted or has been indicated by radar, and that this or other tornadoes may strike in your vicinity. Public warning will come over the radio, TV, or by five-minute steady blasts of sirens by the Civil Defense warning system. Take the following actions immediately!

C. Actions to Take

An announcement shall be made using the public address system to warn tenants that a tornado warning has been issued for your area and that it is advisable to have all occupants move to a safe location in the building. Take the following actions immediately.

  1. Get away from the perimeter of the building and exterior glass. If time permits, close drapes, blinds, etc.
  2. Leave your office if it is located on the building’s perimeter - close the door.
  3. Go to the center of the building - bathrooms or stair enclosures. Go to a lower floor if you have time.
  4. Sit down and protect yourself by putting your head as close to your lap as possible, or you may kneel while protecting your head.
  5. Do not use elevators and do not go to the first floor lobby or outside the building.
  6. Keep your radio, cell phone or television set tuned to a local station for information.
  7. Do not use the telephone to call to get information or advice. This only ties up circuits. Updated information will be passed on to you via the building public address system as often as possible.
  8. If you are trapped in an outside office, seek protection under/behind a desk away from windows. Keep calm.

The bathrooms and stairways of this building will provide the best protection during a tornado. Go to a lower floor if you have time. (DO NOT GO TO THE LOBBY!) If you hear a Civil Defense siren and/or tornado advisory announcement, please proceed to one of those areas and follow the procedures outlined above.

C. Lightning

Whenever lightning is severe, avoid leaving the building. One is much safer inside the building’s lightning grounded system.

D. Heavy Snowfall

  1. Denver’s snowfall can be severe at times and can make travel dangerous. When conditions are hazardous, call a company official to make sure that your company is open before traveling to work.
  2. Fire Wardens should monitor snowfall throughout the working day to make certain conditions will allow employees to travel home at the end of the day.
  3. Each tenant is responsible for the decision not to open for business or to allow employees to leave work early.

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