Weather/Natural Events

Severe Weather
These following procedures are provided as suggestive guidelines only. Please contact the National Weather Service at (770) 486-1133 with any specific questions regarding more specific information and recommended procedures during severe weather. The National Weather Service's website also offers additional information regarding severe weather and suggested procedures.

In general, there are three (3) types of unusual weather conditions which may occur and for which extraordinary precaution should be taken:
  1. SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING: Local weather service will issue advisories predicting areas of probable severe thunderstorms activities with the estimated duration of such activity.
  2. FLOODING ACTIVITY: Local weather service will issue advisories predicting areas of probable flooding activities with the estimated duration of such activity.
  3. TORNADO WARNING: By definition, a tornado warning is an alert by the National Weather Service confirming a tornado sighting and location. The weather service will announce the approximate time and detection and direction of movement. Winds will be 75 mph or greater.

Basic Suggestions
If a Damaging Storm Occurs:
  • Move away from the exterior of the Building to a central area near the corridor or elevator lobby. Stairwells are safe. DO NOT USE THE ELEVATORS.
  • As you move, try to close the doors of rooms which have windows. Also, be sure the door to your suite is closed tightly, but not locked.
  • DO NOT go to the first floor lobby or outside of the Building. KEEP CALM. If you are trapped in an outside office, seek protection under a desk.
  • Once the weather has subsided, report any damage or storm related leaks to the Building Management Office - (770) 569-1124.
  • In the event of a flood that may cause damage to tenant property or affect the normal operation of the building, designated tenant representatives will be contacted by building management personnel, regardless of the time of day.

The first priority is to ensure that no personal injury occurs as the result of a flood. Stay away from rapid moving water and rising water.

The second priority is to discover the cause and prevent or minimize flooding. Once the flooding has been contained, clean-up operations will be commenced. Tenants will need to contact their insurance carrier for any damage to their property

If a Tornado Warning Is Issued:
Assemble in the center area of your floor's lobby or inside hallway areas where there are NO windows. Please have your company's Tenant Safety Coordinator contact the National Weather Service or the Management Office to determine when it is safe to vacate the holding area.


These following procedures are provided as suggestive guidelines only.
When an earthquake occurs, the ground will shake perceptibly for a relatively short time, perhaps only a few seconds or for as much as a minute in a great earthquake.

Suggested Precautions to Take During the Earthquake:
  • Try to remain calm and to reassure others.
  • If you are indoors, move immediately to a safe place. Get under a desk, table, or work bench if possible. Stand in an interior doorway or in the corner of a room. Watch out for falling debris or tall furniture. Stay away from windows and heavy objects (such as refrigerators and machinery) that may topple or slide across the floor.
  • Do not dash for exits since stairways may be broken and jammed with people. Power for elevators may fail and stop operating. Seek safety where you are at the time of the incident and then leave calmly if evacuation is necessary.
  • If you are outdoors, try to get into an open area away from buildings and power lines.
  • Do not be surprised if you feel more than one shock. After the first motion is felt, there may be a temporary decrease in the motion followed by another shock. (This phenomenon is merely the arrival of different seismic waves from the same earthquake.) Also, aftershocks may occur several minutes, several hours, or even several days afterwards. Sometimes aftershocks will cause damage or collapse of structures that were already weakened by the main earthquake.

Suggested Precautions to be Taken After The Earthquake:
  • When the shaking stops, there may be considerable damage and people may be injured. It is especially important that everyone remain calm and begin the task of taking care of one another. The first concern is for those who are hurt, and the next concern is to prevent fires. After that, damage can be assessed and remedial measures begun.
  • Remain calm and take time to assess your situation.
  • Help anyone who is hurt and administer emergency first aid when necessary. Cover injured persons with blankets to keep them warm. Seek medical help for those who need it.
  • Check for fires and fire hazards. Put out fires immediately if you can.
  • Check for damage to utilities and appliances. Shut off electricity if there is any chance of damage to wiring.
  • Shut off water valves if breakage has occurred. In due time, report utility damage to the utility companies and follow their instructions.
  • Do not light matches, or use any open flames, or turn on electrical switches or appliances, until you are certain there are no combustibles.
  • Do not touch power lines, electric wiring, or objects in contact with them.
  • Clean up and warn others of any spilled materials that are dangerous, such as chemicals, gasoline, etc.
  • Be prepared to experience aftershocks. They often do additional damage to buildings weakened by the main shock.
  • Use great caution when entering or moving about in a damaged building. Collapses can occur without much warning, and there may be dangers from electrical wiring, broken glass, etc.There are no rules which can eliminate all earthquake danger. However, damage and injury can be reduced by following these procedures.

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