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Tornadoes are particularly threatening because there is often little warning of their approach. The activation of Doppler radar in certain areas provides weather services with an additional tool for detecting the possible existence of a tornado and the opportunity to issue a warning before the tornadoes actually approach. The National Weather Service monitors weather activity and issues alerts as follows:
Severe Thunderstorm Watch -- Meteorological conditions exist that may promote the generation of severe thunderstorms.
Severe Thunderstorm Warning -- Severe thunderstorms are confirmed to be present in the area.
Tornado Watch -- Meteorological conditions exist that may promote the generation of tornadoes.
Tornado Warning -- A tornado has been sighted, either on the ground or on weather radar.


  • Immediately seek shelter in an interior section of the building. In many commercial buildings, this may be a main corridor. 
  • Stay away from windows, doors, and outside walls. Avoid lobby areas of the building.
  • If you are caught in a perimeter office, seek shelter under a desk or table.
  • Do not use the elevators.
  • If you are outside and unable to reach shelter, lie in the nearest ditch or culvert and shield your head with your hands.


  • Proceed to a safe, undamaged location. Watch for broken glass and downed power lines.
  • Contact emergency personnel (911) to report damage and/or injuries.
  • If possible, listen to radio or television broadcasts to confirm that the danger has passed and that no other warnings have been issued.
  • Notify emergency personnel of any injuries or suspected injuries.
  • Notify Cushman & Wakfield personnel of any assistance that may be needed to arrange for transportation home, phone calls to relatives, retrieval of personal items, etc.

Cushman & Wakefield personnel will quickly work with emergency personnel to address any personal injuries and help secure the area.  


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