Are your tenants prepared to find shelter when severe weather arises? As part of National Building Safety Month, we’d like to remind our clients the importance of keeping your tenants informed. It’s imperative that all property owners provide their tenants with a step-by-step procedure to follow in the event of a severe weather warning or watch.
To prevent your tenants from being injured or harmed in severe weather conditions:
- Provide tenants with a manual that outlines your property’s emergency procedures.
- Hang severe weather information in the hallways or stairwells of your building.
- Mark designated “storm shelter” areas on your property.
- Run mandatory emergency drills for your tenants.
When a severe thunderstorm or tornado warning is issued for your county:
- Encourage tenants to seek shelter immediately.
- Have your tenants move through the interior of the building, keeping away from any windows or glass panes.
- If you must evacuate, ask tenants to lock their offices or apartments, taking any valuables with them. Tenants should NOT return to their office or apartment until management informs them it is safe to do so.