Severe Weather Awareness Week

A reminder about safety in the workplace during severe weather.

The Michigan Committee for Severe Weather Awareness (MCSWA) has designated April 12-18 as Severe Weather Awareness Week.

MCSWA wants to remind everyone that severe weather in 2014 was responsible for 1 death and 13 injuries across Michigan.

Most employers don’t have a plan for severe weather and expect employees to continue working uninterrupted.

Just listening to a weather radio and taking shelter in an safe location could save lives. We encourage employers to take severe weather seriously.

Create a disaster plan

Identify a safe place for employees and make sure everyone knows when it is appropriate to take cover. Health and safety should always be a priority.

Make sure you have a weather radio and fresh batteries. It also a good idea to have a basic first aid kit. You can read more safety tips from NOAA linked below.

Watch vs. Warning

The National Weather Service (NWS) says a “watch” means that potential exists for the development of severe thunderstorms or tornadoes. NWS recommends that you go about your normal activities but keep an eye to the sky and an ear to weather radio or local media.

A severe thunderstorm or tornado “warning” means that severe weather is occurring or is imminent. Action should be taken to ensure safety.

Michigan Workers Comp Lawyers never charges a fee to evaluate a potential case. Our law firm has represented injured and disabled workers exclusively for more than 35 years. Call (855) 221-2667 for a free consultation today.

Related information:

NOAA – Severe Weather Safety Tips

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