Friday, May 6, 2011
skywatch Friday: Auckland wild weather
We have been having wild weather. On Tuesday, we had a tornado, and I was caught at the end of it driving home after school. The rain poured, and I could not see in front of me. When I got home, I watched on TV the tornado passed Pt Chev where my school it.
In the morning, we had very having fog. Today, it was forecast we may have another tornado. The sky was dark, the squall was wild. Our principal gave us tornado warning drill.
These are archives photos, I didn't bring my camera today. Over my http://annkschin.blogspot.com/2011/05/watery-wednesdayoutdoor-wednesday- fatal.html I posted about the tornado.
There is not something specifically in our procedures around this particular event - due to their rarity. However Met Service now has heightened awareness of the 'ideal' conditions so it is something to think about.
These are the precautions suggested in today's Herald.
It would seem that it's best to get the children on the floor in the middle of the room or in the corridor as far from windows as possible. Classes upstairs should also make their way to the downstairs area if possible - or at least to the corridor.
If in the auditorium I think you should evacuate to the corridor in the senior block and the hallway in the office block.
Ultimately I suspect there would be little or no warning and we would all need to exercise commonsense bearing in mind the suggestions below.
WHAT TO DO
* Seek shelter in the lowest level of your home. Keep away from all windows.
* Cover your head and eyes with a blanket or jacket to protect against flying debris.
* Avoid large-span roof areas such as school gyms, shopping malls and halls.
* Crouch for protection beside a strong structure, or lie flat in low-lying area and cover your head and neck with your arms or a piece of clothing.
* Get out of the car and lie flat in a ditch or other low-lying area.