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In general, there are two (2) types of unusual weather conditions which may occur and for which extraordinary precaution should be taken:

(a) Severe Thunderstorm Activity

(b) Tornado

Severe Thunderstorm Activity

Local weather service will issue advisories predicting areas of probable severe thunderstorm activity and the estimated duration of such activity.

Tornado Warning

By definition, a tornado warning is an alert by the National Weather Service confirming a tornado sighting and location. The weather service will announce the approximate time of detection and direction of movement. Wind will be 75 mph or greater.

Public Warning

Public warning will come over the radio, TV or five minutes of steady blasts of sirens by the Municipal Defense warning system. Should a severe storm or tornado occur, the following guidelines should be observed:

1) Move away from the exterior of the building to a corridor or elevator lobby.

2) As you move, try to close the doors of rooms which have windows. Also, be sure the door to your suite is closed tightly, but not locked.

3) Go to the center corridor and protect yourself by putting your head as close to your lap as possible, or kneel protecting your head.

4) Stairwells are safe. If crowded, move down to a lower level for shelter. DO NOT USE THE ELEVATOR.

5) DO NOT go to the first floor lobby or outside of the building.

If You Are Trapped In An Outside Office :

Remain Calm! Seek protection under a desk.

1) Keep your radio or television set turned to a local station for information.

2) Do not use the telephone to get information or advice. Once the weather has subsided, report any damage or storm related leaks to the Office of the Building, (312) 715-0550.