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Was talking to someone the other night and said in the 5 years I have been with Kroger that we only once had to hustle people/customers to the back of the store due to an impending tornado/severe weather alert. Most of us ended up in the back warehouse. Someone said that was NOT the safest place that we should have told customers to go to the bathrooms and the freezer coolers were the safest place. The store was full at the time. We have the flip chart that tells us what to do in various emergencies but under "Tornado" it does not specify the safest place in the store to do. What are you told/what have you done in your store during these type of situations? I always thought the back warehouse was the safest area to put people.



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At our store they take them to the backroom and the hallways to it. 



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At one of my previous stores, there was a tornado scare and the co-manager there at the time instructed us to move all customers into the produce cooler. That's what we did and while some of the employees went back there with them, the remainder of the employees stood just outside the doors to the produce cooler - had there been an actual tornado, the remainder of the employees would have been moved into the produce cooler as well. I've been told by management that the produce and dairy coolers are the two designated safety areas in the event of an emergency such as a tornado due to the coolers being reinforced more so than any other part of the building. I would expect this is to be true for all Kroger-owned stores as well as it makes sense to have the designated safe spaces be the same at all stores, but it sounds like it isn't.

 



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i was always told the coolers as well, i've never been at work during a tornado warning though.

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We had a scare a few years back and the store manager herdedbus all into receiving which is a terrible place for it. The roll up doors would immediately fly off and wed be crushed by pallets of Coke in the case of an actually tornado.

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This is the original poster-I too was told the freezers, dairy cooler and bathrooms. Ironically this was never covered in training although it's been 5 years since I was hired. 



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IF you have ever seen a store being built, your will learn there really isn't any good place to be. With the speed of construction and the "low bid" contractors your lucky a small gust of wind does not blow the wall or roof down.

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We have an old store and have an old room+hallway that isn't used anymore. It used to store canning equipment (yes, our store is old enough that we used to can our own goods). It's in a good location with no chance of debris falling. Our dairy cooler would be a good spot too, also the hallway leading up to our office. Otherwise, pretty crap options



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IF you have ever seen a store being built, your will learn there really isn't any good place to be. With the speed of construction and the "low bid" contractors your lucky a small gust of wind does not blow the wall or roof down.

We've seen buckets being used to catch rainwater flowing through the roofs on stores that are not even one year old. 

"Build 'em cheap, and stack 'em deep."

 

Tornado Procedures

"Procedures" makes it sound like there is some communicated, established way of doing things.  If our dumbheaded director doesn't have a metric for it, it doesn't exist.

 

. . . never covered in training . . .

Truth.



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Newer stores, I would say the safest spot is bathrooms under the 2nd floor. I would not want to be in a freezer if a tornado hits the store. I'm actually surprised they do not construct the restrooms with concrete walls/ceiling in a way to make them "storm shelters". It a good design it wouldn't cost any more when construction is occurring, in reality all bathrooms should all be constructed in this way.

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Jhin wrote:

We had a scare a few years back and the store manager herdedbus all into receiving which is a terrible place for it. The roll up doors would immediately fly off and wed be crushed by pallets of Coke in the case of an actually tornado.


 Least yall wouldnt be thirsty



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Kind of a real (accidental) test of emergency procedures just happened at Store 530, District 10, Dallas Division.  Fire alarms went off--extremely loud, plus flashing lights--as well as, in a back area, sprinklers.

An associate manager, two co-managers, and the district operations coordinator were in the store.

  • It wasn't clear what was going on.
  • No one evacuated.  Associates worked; customers shopped.
  • Zero announcements were made.  No, "Proceed to your nearest exit," or, "It's OK, folks; false alarm," . . . nothing.
  • A couple of associates took the initiative to make some earplugs available.
  • The fire department did show up, at least.  Nice to know they might could've recovered some of our charred bodies.  Head-count, schmed-count.

Impressed with our safety-first company?



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