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Severe Weather Quick Take on Safety

Quick Takes are scripts that serve as short safety talks to remind staff about safe work practices. This Quick Take covers basics of how to protect oneself from severe weather including tornadoes, lightning, hail and high winds, both while working indoors and outdoors. Quick Takes help keep safety in the forefront of employees’ minds and demonstrate a commitment to safety on the part of the organization by improving safety culture. The Quick Take also offers an opportunity for employees to ask questions, discuss safety topics and develop solutions to specific hazards while encouraging communication.

Severe Weather Quick Take Training Overview and Objectives

  • Overview: Covers basics of how to protect oneself from severe weather including tornadoes, lightning, hail and high winds, both while working indoors and outdoors.
  • Purpose: Inform people of the best practices to avoid injury during severe weather.
  • Preparation:
    • Read and become familiar with this quick take. Change as needed to reflect procedures and personnel in your department.
    • Review emergency action plans for your organization and areas of refuge within your facility and acceptable weather radios, phone alerts or other warning systems.
  • Handout: Quick Review of Safety: Severe Weather
  • Notes: This presentation cannot cover the emergency sheltering plans of the organization nor the areas of refuge. It is highly recommended that the instructor review the plans and areas of refuge unique to your facility or organization and include them in this presentation. Also consider looking into available automated public alert and warning system applications that can alert employees to approaching severe weather or other hazards.

Supervisors typically give the Quick Take talks during regularly scheduled or informal meetings. To improve their effectiveness as a training tool, all Quick Takes should be modified to reflect the needs and situations of your specific workplace. Quick Takes are not designed to take the place of regular formal training.