It may be November, but don’t let your guard down. Read about yesterday’s tornadoes in Midwest and the snow in the Pacific Northwest: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6AM0O020101123.
Archive for the ‘Tornadoes’ Category
Yesterday was a very active weather day across the Midwest, South, and Southeast. Numerous tornadoes were reported and wind damage was wide spread. Here’s a NOAA Storm Prediction Center map of yesterday’s storm reports. You can see this dynamic map anytime by clicking on Yesterday’s Storm Reports in the left column of the Toolkit.
As a line of severe weather moves across the Midwest, spawning tornadoes as it goes, it is important for us all to take a look at our tornado procedures. If you are in the line of storms, are you listening for tornado watches and warnings? Do you have a way to notify staff and patrons if a tornado warning is issued? Have you identified areas in your building that can be used to shelter in should a tornado strike?
And here’s a nice little tornado preparedness video:
Click on this link, http://www.spc.noaa.gov/climo/online/monthly/2010_annual_summary.html, to see locations of tornado reports from January through October 18th. Note the high number of reports in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota. To enlarge map below, click on image.
Here’s a compelling video of a train being derailed by a tornado in Illinois back in January 2008.
Click here to view a wonderfully illustrated and very informative web page from National Geographic. The page provides information on tornadoes, hurricanes, volcanoes, and earthquakes, and includes maps and case studies.
After the active winter season that many of us have experienced, it’s hard to believe that tornado season is right around the corner. Although tornadoes can occur during any month, there are statistically defined tornado seasons for all states (see NOAA map below and note that California’s season began in January.) How do you prepare for tornado season?
1. Make sure your staff know what to do if a tornado warning is issued for your area. This includes notifying patrons of the tornado and directing them away from windows and doors.
2. Make sure you have identified strategies for continuing your core services from a remote site, in the event that you lose physical access to your library. See our new brochure (click here) for tips on how to keep your services going when your library is closed.