08 Sep We’ll Weather the Storm Together!
What is STORM?
STORM is the process in which a CLS™ Operations team researches and books requests in areas that have been hit by natural disasters. We proudly lodge groups of workers that repair roads, roofs, power lines, etc. in devastated communities. When disaster strikes and large staffs rush into the area to meet needs, it can be hard to find a room for all of them, but CLS thinks it’s the least we can do to get them a comfortable room in return for their hard work. “STORM is an on-call, rotating team,” says an account manager at CLS. “If it’s your turn, you could stay all hours of the night to get the job done for our clients.” Right now, we have teams of clients in Texas working overtime to take care of the recent damage from Hurricane Harvey, and we are working overtime to get them the accommodations they deserve.
Of course, CLSers work hard to lodge workers dedicated to storm reparations, but did you know we’ve also gone straight to the scene to help clean up, too? One of our team members used her community service time to assist in Moore, Oklahoma, after an F5 tornado.
Planning to visit the Atlantic or Pacific coast this summer? You might see some hurricane activity having a final hurrah in the next few weeks. If you know what’s coming and how to prevent it, you can be armed with the best defense against summer storms. We’ll help you prepare with some signs of storm activity as well as the best methods to stay safe in severe weather.
Tornado Safety Tips:
Signs of a tornado:
- Listen to your TV or radio. If the forecast warns of strong storm activity, pay attention.
- Look for small, especially bright flashes of electricity close to the ground, usually a blue-green color. These could indicate that strong winds snapped some nearby power lines.
- Look for a greenish sky, heavy rain followed by periods of no precipitation, and heavy wind shears.
- Listen for a low, growling sound that sounds similar to a train.
What to do if you see/hear a tornado:
- If you’re in house or apartment with a basement, you’re in luck! Go to the basement, avoid windows, and cover yourself with heavy blankets or a mattress to protect yourself from flying debris. Have a bathroom in your basement, too? Even better!
- If you’re in a house or apartment with no basement, get to the lowest floor of the building and get underneath something heavy.
- In a hotel, skyscraper, or office — Get to the lowest floor possible or find the stairwell. Stairwells serve as excellent storm shelters in office or commercial buildings.
- If you’re in a car — This scenario carries the highest risk. If traffic permits, head away from the storm at a right angle. If you must park your car, get as low as possible in the vehicle, and cover your head with your hands. Protect yourself with seat cushions or blankets if possible. Avoid parking under bridges.
- At school — Follow the storm drill! Teachers and principals have been instructed to guide you according to safest practices in the event of a storm.
Hurricane Safety Tips:
- Coastal residents should prepare with food and supplies far in advance before the storm. Make sure you have food, water, protective clothing, medications, batteries, flashlights, road maps, plenty of gasoline, and important documents.
- Keep track of any weather updates on the radio or TV as the storm unfolds.
- If you’re unable to get away from the site of the storm, stay inside a sturdy building as far from windows as possible.
- Beware of a sudden calm in the storm. It’s very likely that you’re in the eye of the storm, but it’s not over! Stay sheltered until weather reports say you’re all clear.
Flood Safety Tips:
- Stop everything you’re doing. Move to higher ground!
- Avoid driving or walking through moving flood waters. It takes only one foot of flood water to move your vehicle and six inches to knock you down.
- If you’re in your car and notice that flood waters start rising around you, leave your car and find higher ground immediately. Just don’t linger in moving water areas.
- Don’t park near streams or other bodies of water when it’s raining heavily. These areas will flood much faster than others.
- If you receive warning of a flood watch, quickly figure out the best place to go.
- NEVER touch electrical devices if you are submerged in water. You could get electrocuted.
Do you want to aid the victims of Hurricane Harvey? CNN lists excellent ideas about how you can help today!