Think you’re safe from the destruction, damage — and downtime! — that a ravaging tornado can leave in its wake? Think again.
You may be surprised to learn that the terrifying twisters have already been reported in 21 states so far this year. And if previous tornado seasons are any indication … well, unfortunately they show that there simply is no defined “season.”
Consider 2012, when the first of 939 tornados was recorded on January 9 and the last on December 26 — proving no month was safe. And with twisters occurring in 46 out of 50 states last year, few locations are, either.
This year, as of April 25, there were already 175 confirmed cases of tornadoes in the U.S., including 32 in Tennessee; 18 in Alabama; and 15 each in Oklahoma, Mississippi and Louisiana. Other states that have fallen prey to the swirling cyclones include Kentucky, Missouri , Texas, Arkansas, Georgia, Florida, California, Colorado, Indiana, Nebraska, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, New York, Virginia and Washington.
If your area hasn’t experienced a tornado yet, it’s likely that it will soon. Is your organization properly prepared?
In addition to deaths (70 last year) and property loss (estimated at $1.6 billion in 2012), tornadoes frequently produce massive power outages — and lots of them. The most important thing you can do to protect your business is to develop a solid power protection plan.
And even if tornadoes don’t threaten your uptime this year, there are plenty of other culprits that will. Last year, more than 2,800 outages affected some 50 million people, according to Blackout Tracker Annual Report for 2012. From the huge, far-reaching power failures brought on by hurricanes, snow, and ice storms to the smaller, local disruptions that may have affected only one neighborhood, the annual report sheds new light on where, when and why the lights go out.
Learn more by visiting Eaton’s Blackout Tracker.