Thursday, June 16, 2011

Tornado Time

Police officers know their duty is to protect and serve the public. We sometimes forget that we have to be alive and well in order to do that. In large parts of the United States tornados are common this time of year. They destroy buildings, pull cars up off the ground and smash them into buildings miles away.

The weather service gives us an idea when tornados may happen in the next couple days. Later, as the tornados get closer the weather service is able to give us ten to twenty minutes warning before they touch down in a specific area. We need to monitor the weather situation and respond when there is a tornado ready to touch down in our vicinity.

You can’t save others if you don’t save yourself. It is important to make sure you and your partners are in a safe place when a tornado happens so that you can respond to the emergency afterwards. Identify areas within your beat where you can survive a tornado. Look for places where you can park the patrol car where it will be safe. Don’t hide under bridges or an overpass. Get to a low spot, even a ditch alongside the road is better than being in your car. Keep yourself safe, so you can help others, that’s what the SGT Says.


Bob G. said...

Here in Indiana, whenever the weather gets a bnit "sporty", there's all kinds of radio chatter about possible rotating cloud formations...and this is just from the FWPD.
Many times, dispatch is the one issuing specified conditions in certain areas of the city and warnings for officers IN those areas.

Good post.

ROll safe out there.

Bunkermeister said...

Weather can be very dangerous and can change from minute to minute.