According to U.S. Tornadoes, an average of 1,224 tornadoes touch down each year across the United States. With Texas being the hottest spot for twister activity, and the majority of our U.S. rig fleet drilling there, tornado safety is always on our radar.
HSE Field Coordinator, Alex Cavazos, has been preparing rig crews for severe weather for the last five years. A native of Texas, Alex understands the affects severe weather can have on a worksite.
“As with any safety-sensitive situation, the best way to handle severe weather is to be proactive and well-prepared,” explained Alex.
On April 15, 2012, storm chaser Marty Logan tracked a tornado that was heading towards his hometown of Woodward, Oklahoma. The twister reached almost a quarter-mile wide and struck in the middle of the night, wiping out the city’s power and consequently its tornado sirens.
Six lives were lost and dozens were injured when the tornado, rated an EF-3 (EF-5 being the most severe), touched down. Logan works for Oklahoma City based KWTV News 9 and many credit him with saving lives that night.