For employers and employess in a fixed workplace:
Follow the weather in all worksite locations.
Know, understand, and communicate company policy related to weather events to field employees, they may contact you for direction (especially new employees.)
Know safe locations within your building to gather during weather events.
Check batteries in emergency lighting and exits.
Check/replenish flashlights, emergency kits, and safety equipment and materials.
Prepare a complete workplace material supply for several days and store it off-site to allow for emergency use if needed.
Store important documents in a high safe place where neither water nor wind can damage them.
Gather and distribute all phone numbers of key personnel including state and local emergency agencies.
Do not attempt to travel to or from your workplace during weather events.
Field Employees Helpful hints for job site protection:
Follow your company guidelines as they relate to working during weather events and do not attempt to work through them.
When sufficient notice is provided, secure all company property and materials as instructed and follow company policy.
When working outside, monitor weather daily and come prepared for the weather and temperatures you will be exposed to. Various free weather apps are available on your phones, many offer weather alerts to inform you of quickly changing or severe weather in your area.
Clean all exterior areas of the workplace to remove potential for flying debris.
After The Weather Event Has Passed:
Do not return to your workplace until cleared to return by your employer or whoever controls the location you report to (business owner, general contractor, supervisor, or management representative.)
Follow company procedure related to evaluating potential hazards that are now present at your work site due to the weather event.
Do not enter a space that has any sign of not begin structurally sound. If in doubt, stay out until it can be professionally evaluated.
Avoid direct contact with unstable surfaces or debris piles.
Do not return to work if there are uncontrolled hazards.
Assume all power lines are energized. Do not enter any space that still contains flood waters until you are 100% sure that the electricity is off and will remain off.
Do not enter any space where there is a natural gas odor.
Do not work in poorly ventilated areas which may be subject to emissions from gasoline, diesel, or propane-powered generators.
Perform any clean-up of the work site / job site in accordance with direction provided by your supervisor.
Contact a company manager if you feel it is unsafe to work at the job.