Natural Disaster

Severe Weather

Severe weather is defined as any weather condition or natural event that has the potential to cause physical harm and/or property destruction.


  • The Safety Officer is responsible for oversight of emergency disaster procedures and drills ensuring that the organization’s centers are well prepared to respond to any emergency.
  • If a severe weather or tornado watch is issued, each center shall access radio or television reporting that provides information from the National Weather Service.
  • In the event of a “watch,” staff will be informed of procedures to be taken in the event a “warning” is declared.
  • During “watch” periods, all consumer and staff will be encouraged to limit trips and transportation to and from the site.
  • The designee, will secure the first aid kit, flashlights, and a radio, and maintain them in the area being used for shelter.
  • The designee shall announce the end of the need to remain in the designated location when the warning is no longer in effect, according to the national weather service.
  • The designee Officer will be responsible for contacting any emergency entity that may be needed due to injuries or events such as power loss and/or broken utility lines.
  • The overall components of the organization’s natural disaster for earthquake emergency plans, hurricane emergency plans, land and forest fire emergency plans are as outlined in Baltimore City’s Disaster Preparedness and Planning Project – See separate document for reading.  –


Rain/Lightning Storms

In the event of a severe rain/lightning storm that appears to threaten the lives or health of persons or staff within the building, the following procedures should be implemented:

  • Stay calm.
  • Move all persons away from doors, windows, radiators, stoves, pipes, sinks, and electrical appliances.
  • Unplug all electrical appliances, except the refrigerator and computers.
  • Do not use the telephone unless absolutely necessary.
  • Tune battery-operated radio to local station for possible severe weather warnings.
  • In the event that lightning should strike the building and cause a fire, then implement the procedures for the fire evacuation.
  • If a person is struck by lightning, start CPR if needed; immediately contact medical staff, if available; and call 9-1-1.
  • Congregate in the dining room or designated safe area.
  • A Critical Incident Report must be completed, reviewed and signed by your supervisor and forwarded to the Clinical Supervisor/Executive Director.



In the event that a tornado is seen, or a tornado warning is issued for the area, the following procedures are implemented:

  • Stay calm.
  • Tune radio or television set so that the announcements and other emergency messages can be received from local stations.
  • Move consumer and staff to an area/corridor away from windows, or to the basement.
  • Staff on duty should retrieve house cell phone to carry with them at all times until warning expires.
  • In the event that a tornado should strike, then the ranking administrative person is responsible for ensuring that proper authorities are notified and that necessary First Aid is administered to any victims.
  • In the event of property damage, notify the Executive Director/Clinical Supervisor and Operations Manager.


A Critical Incident Report must be completed, reviewed and signed by your supervisor and forwarded to the Clinical Supervisor/Executive Director.



  • In the event that a snow emergency is declared, the Clinical Supervisor is responsible for developing an emergency staffing plan and determining the appropriateness of cancellation of scheduled services.
  • Ensure that all walkways stay clear in case of emergency.
  • Because the Light of Truth Center, Inc. is a 24-Hour operation and coverage must be provided around the clock, there will be no closing of the center in the event of severe weather. Please follow the Baltimore City government closure (
  • An employee is also directed to all media outlets and to WBAL radio and television for closures.