Safety Hazards for Hurricane/Tropical Storm Ana

TO:                All RCUH Principal Investigators and Employees


FROM:          RCUH Human Resources

SUBJECT:    Safety Hazards for Hurricane/Tropical Storm Ana


During a hurricane/tropical storm, employees may be exposed to additional safety hazards. It is important to be aware of these additional hazards as they may compromise workplace safety. OSHA has provided a list of various safety hazards that may occur during a hurricane/tropical storm. They are:


  • Hazardous driving conditions due to slippery roadways
  • Slips and falls due to slippery walkways
  • Falling objects (tree limbs and utility poles)
  • Flying objects (outdoor equipment)
  • Electrical hazards from downed power lines or downed objects in contact with power lines
  • Falls from heights
  • Burns/fires caused by energized line contact or equipment failure
  • Exhaustion from working extended shifts


Below are some general safety precautions that can be taken:


  • Hazardous Chemicals: Store all chemicals, fertilizers, and other toxic materials in a safe, secure area of the premises to avoid any chemical spills.
  • High Winds: Board up windows and glass doors to avoid shattered glass and close blinds/curtains. Be aware of any fall/trip hazards that may develop due to wind.
  • Outdoor Items: Secure any items that may be blown away or torn loose. If possible, secure them indoors to avoid any possibility of creating additional hazards.
  • Driving: Avoid driving is possible. If it is necessary to drive, do so with extreme caution.
  • Electrical Safety: Unplug all non-essential electrical appliances and avoid contact with any loose electrical wiring.
  • Communication: Prepare a contact list or phone tree to facilitate communications during severe weather.


Additional Information

National Hurricane Center:

American Red Cross:



Zurich 48-Hour Hurricane Video: