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What is a Tornado?
A tornado is defined as a violently rotating column of air that extends from the base of a thunderstorm down to the ground. The intensity of a tornado is classified by the Fujita Scale. The scale rates tornados between F0 (weak) and F5 (strong).
A tornado is capable of annihilating structures regardless of how well built they are. A tornado can also uproot trees and hurl objects through the air. Unlike hurricanes, tornadoes don’t have a defined season, and given the unpredictable nature of tornadoes, it’s critical for your organization to start preparing now.
Typically, Tornado Alley includes the Plains States—from the Dakotas to Texas. However, studies have shown that the severity and frequency of tornadoes are actually much more widespread. Tornadoes can touch down absolutely anywhere, which is evident as you can see here on UX .Blog.
Protect Your IT Data Now!
If your business is located in the infamous “Tornado Alley” area of the Central U.S., you should have already prepared for tornadoes. With the recent devastating tornadoes in Oklahoma, you can see that the survival of your business depends on how well prepared you are.
To ensure that your business operations will run smoothly, even after a tornado, it’s important to create a solid and comprehensive IT backup and disaster recovery plan. This IT business continuity plan is a necessity for any sized business. It will keep your daily operations on track, and cover the back up and security of your valuable data in the event of a power failure or server shutdown.
Preparing Your Business for a Tornado
Unlike a hurricane or tropical storm, a tornado can develop instantly, without warning; leaving you little or no time to react. Tornadoes, with winds exceeding 200 mph can appear within minutes, with the ability to cause an incredible amount of damage to everything in its path.
The following is a checklist to prepare your business in the event of a tornado:
Before the Tornado
During the Tornado
If threatening weather is approaching, or a tornado warning has been issued, make sure employees do the following:
After the Tornado
We Can Help
If you’re still not sure how to prepare your business for a natural or man-made disaster, we can help you create a comprehensive IT backup and disaster recovery plan.
Call your business continuity professionals to learn more about how we can help your business prepare for any emergency.