Tornado Training for Floor Captains

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Published on October 7, 2007

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Tornado Preparedness Training for Floor Captains:  Tornado Preparedness Training for Floor Captains Stoughton Tornado August 18, 2005 University Safety and Assurances (414) 229-6339 2007 Tornado Awareness Week:  2007 Tornado Awareness Week Governor Doyle has proclaimed April 9-13, 2007 as Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week in Wisconsin UWM drills will occur on Thursday, April 12th at 2 PM Tornado Shelter Area Signs:  Tornado Shelter Area Signs “Tornado Shelter Area” signs are posted in each campus building, typically located on the lowest level of the building. In some buildings an interior classroom or stairwell may be an appropriate shelter area “Shelter in Place” Locations:  “Shelter in Place” Locations Newly identified interior classrooms where occupants can “shelter in place” can be identified by a temporary sign posted on the wall outside of the room Podium Instructions:  Podium Instructions “Podium Instruction” cards have been created for classrooms containing 50 or more students. These cards provide the instructor with emergency information on procedures in the event of a tornado or fire emergency Tornado Shelter Areas:  Tornado Shelter Areas Emergency Evacuation signs (posted in prominent locations) identify your shelter areas Extra, temporary tornado signs are available. Shelter Area maps: Announcement of Drill:  Announcement of Drill Buildings with fire alarm panel or other public address systems will be notified via a verbal announcement over the PA System by the building chair Link to training on operating PA System: Announcement of Drills and Warnings:  Announcement of Drills and Warnings Alumni AUP Bolton Chapman Hefter Mellencamp Physics Power Plant USB Zelazo Buildings with no PA systems will be notified by manual alarms (whistles) on each floor of the building These buildings are: Announcement of Drill:  Announcement of Drill Text of standardized message to building occupants will be provided to Building Chair. Building Chair announces commencement of drill and location of Shelter Areas Link to Message: Building Chairs:  Building Chairs Building Chairs should know the Floor Captains for their building Do you have adequate coverage for all floors of your building? How will you communicate with your floor captains? Link to Listing of Floor Captains: Floor Captains:  Floor Captains Floor Captains are identified by green fluorescent vests For buildings with no PA systems, floor captains will also be issued whistles Please let us know if you need a vest and/or whistle Role of Building Chairs & Floor Captains:  Role of Building Chairs & Floor Captains Building Chairs & Floor Captains “direct traffic” Guide visitors, students and others who may not be familiar with building to shelter area Monitor security of building In the event you will not be available to assist with the drill, we would appreciate your assistance in identifying a co-worker or colleague who could temporarily perform your floor captain duties Role of Floor Captain:  Role of Floor Captain Monitor corridors on assigned Floor to ensure personnel are moving to shelter. Check restrooms on assigned floor to ensure they have been evacuated. Concentrate on public areas. Office managers, classroom lecturers and laboratory or workshop heads should be responsible for advising occupants in their areas to evacuate. Those floor captains assigned to shelter areas should assess designated shelter location (Did everyone fit? Could it be reached quickly?) Complete evaluation form and give to your building chair Evacuation:  Evacuation Once the drill is announced, occupants should proceed quickly and calmly (using interior stairways if necessary to reach a lower level) to a building tornado shelter area High Rise Buildings:  High Rise Buildings Go to enclosed, windowless area in center of building -- away from glass Interior stairwells are usually good places to take shelter, and if not crowded, allow you to get to a lower level quickly Stay off elevators; you could be trapped if power goes out High Rise Buildings:  High Rise Buildings Bolton Chemistry Cunningham Curtin Enderis EMS Sandburg Continuing Ed (Plankinton Building) SECONDS COUNT - Floors 4 and below should go to basement; Floors 5 and above should seek shelter in interior spaces (restrooms, stairways, interior rooms and hallways). Evacuation - Individuals with a Disability:  Evacuation - Individuals with a Disability Supervisors should be responsible for assisting any student, staff member or visitor who has a disability Recommendations are: Mobility impaired-wheelchair: Elevator to shelter Mobility impaired, non-wheelchair: Elevator to shelter Hearing impaired: Inform of announcement and shelter advice Visually impaired: Offer elbow & assist to shelter Conclusion of Drill:  Conclusion of Drill At the conclusion of the drill (once occupants have reached the designated shelter areas or after 10 minutes) in those buildings with a PA System, the Building Chair will make an “All Clear” announcement. In those buildings with no PA System, floor captains will announce to occupants that they may return to their rooms Slide19:  In the Event of a Real Tornado Evaluation and Debriefing:  Evaluation and Debriefing Floor Captains will meet briefly with their building chair for a debriefing and to turn in their evaluation form If you need to print additional forms, please use the link below Link to Evaluation Checklist: In the Event of a Real Tornado:  In the Event of a Real Tornado Move quickly – Tornadoes travel FAST Go to center of building - away from glass Go down, to the strongest part of building Interior stairwells, bathrooms, offices are usually good places to take shelter A basement level is best Stay off elevators; entrapment if power is out Wait for All Clear Tornado Watch:  Tornado Watch A “Tornado Watch” means: Conditions are favorable for tornado development Issued by National Weather Service Be prepared to seek shelter Monitor weather radio, local radio stations or other media Tornado Warning:  Tornado Warning National Weather Service doppler radar prediction or direct sighting -- immediately take shelter. The outdoor signal: a steady blast three minutes or longer in duration. Outdoor sirens are only intended to be heard outdoors to alert people to take shelter indoors. Tornado Watch:  Tornado Watch Tornado Watch:  Tornado Watch Building Chairs and Alternates will receive e-mail, if time permits Building Chairs will send email to all occupants of their building Building Chairs and/or Alternates notify floor captains to be prepared to assist with evacuation to shelter areas How will you be Notified?:  How will you be Notified? Buildings with fire alarm panel or other public address systems will receive a verbal announcement. Buildings with no PA systems will be notified by manual alarms (whistles) on each floor of the building After a Tornado:  After a Tornado Remain assembled in a safe area away from broken glass, sharp debris, power lines, puddles containing power lines, & emergency traffic areas. Await “All Clear” While waiting for emergency personnel, render aid to those who are injured Keep bystanders out of damaged areas; chunks of debris or sections of building may fall No use of matches or lighters, in case of leaking natural gas or fuel tanks nearby Tornado Myths & Facts:  Tornado Myths & Facts Myth: There are very few tornadoes in Wisconsin Fact: 62 tornadoes spun up in Wisconsin in 2005 Worst tornado outbreak ever in WI took place on August 18, 2005 with 27 tornadoes Wisconsin has had three F5 tornadoes NOAA Map Tornado Myths & Facts:  Tornado Myths & Facts Myth: UWM is protected by its proximity to Lake Michigan Fact: False! The tornado that struck Door County in 1998 formed on the waters of Green Bay and moved on shore causing over $5 million in damage Tornado Myths & Facts:  Tornado Myths & Facts Myth: Tornadoes always move from southwest to northeast or west to east. Fact: Tornadoes can appear from any direction. Some tornadoes have changed direction mid path, or even backtracked. Tornado Myths & Facts:  Tornado Myths & Facts Myth: You will see a funnel cloud Fact: Tornadoes can occur without funnel clouds Rolla, Kansas – 1995 Photo shows dust cloud and cloud base above it rotating, indicating a continuous cloud-to-ground vortex (tornado). Tornado Myths & Facts:  Tornado Myths & Facts Myth: You can tell the strength of a tornado by its size Fact: Tornadoes can assume a ropy, sinuous shape in their final minutes or remain narrow during their entire life cycles. Although they may look weaker than much larger ones, some get more intense as they narrow & tighten Size does not necessarily indicate strength! “Rope tornado” Tornado Myths & Facts:  Tornado Myths & Facts Myth: You should open windows to equalize pressure. Fact: Opening windows is useless, wastes time and can be very dangerous. Don't do it. You may be injured by flying glass trying to do it. If the tornado hits your home, it will blast the windows open anyway. How Long Do Tornadoes Last?:  How Long Do Tornadoes Last? Tornadoes can last from several seconds to more than an hour. Most tornadoes last less than 10 minutes. Tornado Reports:  Tornado Reports 2007: 151 as of 3/5 2006: 1333 2005: 1264 2004: 1819 Monthly Tornado Statistics:  Monthly Tornado Statistics Resources: MyUWM:  Resources: MyUWM MyUWM:  MyUWM You can use the “Add Content” button to add “Local, National, World Weather” to your page on MyUWM Resources: Weather Channel Local Alerts:  Resources: Weather Channel Local Alerts In all 2,000 mediated classrooms on campus, any VCR connected to our Campus Cable Network can be tuned to either the Milwaukee Weather Channel (Channel 7) or the NOAA weather station for the Milwaukee area located in Delafield (Channel 27). Resources: NOAA Weather Radio:  Resources: NOAA Weather Radio Milwaukee 164.200 Resources:  Resources Tornadoes... Nature's Most Violent Storms A PREPAREDNESS GUIDE Resources:  Resources Enter your city, state or zip code for up-to-date weather forecasting

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