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Safety Matters: High Wind Advisory

Safety Matters

christopher consultants has an extensive corporate safety program that provides personal protection equipment to all field personnel. This program is overseen by Mr. Federico Tersoglio who works with the staff to ensure understanding and implementation of all safety procedures. In addition, Federico routinely produces “Safety Matters” content to educate employees and clients on relevant safety topics. Read more safety matters and stay safe on the job!

Before a High Wind Event

  • Trim tree branches away from your house & power lines.
  • Secure loose shutters & gutters.
  • Identify a room of your house where you can take shelter: an interior room low to the ground such as a basement or interior bathroom.
  • If you live in a mobile home, identify a nearby building where you can evacuate to if the National Weather Service issues a high wind or severe thunderstorm warning.
  • Update your emergency kit and include food and water for 3 days per person in your home.

Make a list of items outside your home you will need to tie down or put away so that they don’t blow away or fly through a window. When NWS issues a high wind or severe thunderstorm watch, immediately secure these items to avoid damage or injury once the wind starts picking up.

 During a High Wind Event

Take Shelter

  • Immediately head for a sturdy building during a high wind or severe thunderstorm warning and move to an interior room or basement.
  • If you are in a mobile home, move to a sturdy building before the winds pick up or the storm system reaches your location.
  • Listen to the local news or NOAA Weather Radio for updates.

If Caught Outside or Driving:

  • If possible, drive to a nearby sturdy building. Take shelter in your car if you are not near a sturdy building;  however, move your car to a location where it is less likely to be hit by falling trees or power lines.
  • If no shelter is available avoid trees, power lines, and the side of the road. Remember downed power lines may be live. Do not go near them! Try to find a place that will block blowing or falling debris.
  • If you are driving and aren’t near a sturdy building, hold the steering wheel with both hands and drive slowly.

Keep a distance from high profile vehicles such as trucks, buses and vehicles towing trailers. One strong gust of wind can be enough to flip one of these trailers onto its side.

After a High Wind Event

  • Do not go near downed power lines. Report downed power lines to the police.
  • Continue to listen to the local news and NOAA Weather Radio for updates following the storm.
  • If you lose power and are using a generator, be sure to review generator safety tips.

Be careful when handling debris that may have blown into your yard.

Information provided by the National Weather Service