TORANADO SAFETY – What To Do?
In a house with a basement: Avoid windows. Get in the basement and under some kind of sturdy protection (heavy table or workbench), or cover yourself with a mattress or sleeping bag. Know where very heavy objects rest on the floor above (pianos, refrigerators, waterbeds, etc.) and do not go under them. They may fall down through a weakened floor and crush you. Head protection, such as a helmet, can boost survivability also.
In a house with no basement, a dorm, or an apartment: Avoid windows. Go to the lowest floor, small center room (like a bathroom or closet), under a stairwell, or in an interior hallway with no windows. Crouch as low as possible to the floor, facing down; and cover your head with your hands. A bath tub may offer a shell of partial protection. Even in an interior room, you should cover yourself with some sort of thick padding (mattress, blankets, etc.), to protect against falling debris in case the roof and ceiling fail. A helmet can offer some protection against head injury.
In an office building, hospital, nursing home or skyscraper: Go directly to an enclosed, windowless area in the center of the building — away from glass and on the lowest floor possible. Then, crouch down and cover your head. Interior stairwells are usually good places to take shelter, and if not crowded, allow you to get to a lower level quickly. Stay off the elevators; you could be trapped in them if the power is lost.
In a mobile home: Get out! Even if your home is tied down, it is not as safe as an underground shelter or permanent, sturdy building. Go to one of those shelters, or to a nearby permanent structure, using your tornado evacuation plan. Most tornadoes can destroy even tied-down mobile homes; and it is best not to play the low odds that yours will make it. This mobile-home safety video from the State of Missouri may be useful in developing your plan.
At school: Follow the drill! Go to the interior hall or windowless room in an orderly way as you are told. Crouch low, head down, and protect the back of your head with your arms. Stay away from windows and large open rooms like gyms and auditoriums.
In a car or truck: Vehicles are extremely risky in a tornado. There is no safe option when caught in a tornado in a car, just slightly less-dangerous ones. If the tornado is visible, far away, and the traffic is light, you may be able to drive out of its path by moving at right angles to the tornado. Seek shelter in a sturdy building, or underground if possible. If you are caught by extreme winds or flying debris, park the car as quickly and safely as possible — out of the traffic lanes. Stay in the car with the seat belt on. Put your head down below the windows; cover your head with your hands and a blanket, coat, or other cushion if possible. If you can safely get noticeably lower than the level of the roadway, leave your car and lie in that area, covering your head with your hands. Avoid seeking shelter under bridges, which can create deadly traffic hazards while offering little protection against flying debris.
In the open outdoors: If possible, seek shelter in a sturdy building. If not, lie flat and face-down on low ground, protecting the back of your head with your arms. Get as far away from trees and cars as you can; they may be blown onto you in a tornado.
In a shopping mall or large store: Do not panic. Watch for others. Move as quickly as possible to an interior bathroom, storage room or other small enclosed area, away from windows.
In a church or theater: Do not panic. If possible, move quickly but orderly to an interior bathroom or hallway, away from windows. Crouch face-down and protect your head with your arms. If there is no time to do that, get under the seats or pews, protecting your head with your arms or hands. (Roger Edwards, Storm Prevention Center)
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Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub
Cover your nose and mouth with a disposable tissue or flexed elbow when you cough or sneeze
Wear a facemask in public
AVOID close contact with people who are unwell and practice social distancing
Stay home and self-isolate from others in the household if you feel unwell
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COVID 19 RESOURCES – Stay Safe and Stay Informed!
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For updated Data and Surveillance visit Florida Department of Health
Economic Injury Disaster Loans for Pinellas small businesses: Low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration that offer up to $2 million in assistance per small business to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue. This is an addition to the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program.
Facebook Small Business Grants: Cash grants and Facebook ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses.
James Beard Foundation Relief Fund: Providing micro-grants to independent food and beverage businesses in need.
Mainvest Main Street Initiative: Launch a capital raise and you may be eligible for a zero-interest $2,000 loan.
IRS Updates: Tax Day is now July 15, meaning all federal tax payments are deferred without penalties and interest regardless of amount owed. Also, there are plans to implement COVID-19-related paid leave for workers and tax credits for small and midsize businesses to recover the costs of providing that leave.
Another Round Another Rally: Offering $500 relief grants for hospitality works who lost their jobs or had hours greatly reduced.
Children of Restaurant Employees (CORE): Dedicated to serving food and beverage service employees with children who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or who are experiencing hardship due to closings or loss of business.
Bartender Emergency Assistance Program: grants for individuals employed in serving beverages or engaged in the production, promotion or distribution of alcoholic beverages.
COVID-19 – What You Should Know
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