Twister: Tornado Preparedness is No Game

Tornado crossing field

On March 8, 2019, a rare and violent EF4 tornado touched down in Lee County, Alabama, killing 23 people, making it the deadliest tornado since 2013.

That was not the only tornado to touch down that day; there were reports of dozens of tornados touching down across the Southeast. While conditions ideal for tornado formation were forecast 24 hours earlier, residents of Lee County weren’t warned of an imminent threat until an hour before destruction was reported. 

Tornadoes can occur in all 50 U.S. states year-round, with peak tornado season running from spring through early summer.  In the spring, the clash of air masses creates a “weather battleground.” This happens when cold, dry air from Canada clashes with warm, moist air from the Gulf of Mexico. A frontal boundary divides the two air masses and acts as a focal point for thunderstorms. With the right ingredients, some storms become severe. When these storms have enough rotation, tornadoes can form. While a tornado as destructive as the one in Lee County is rare, it’s quick escalation from threat to disaster highlights the importance of having a tornado preparedness plan in place. 

First and foremost, identify your tornado safe room. The safest place you can be during a tornado is a tornado shelter or basement. If those are not available, go to the lowest level of your building and take shelter in an interior room without windows. Put as many walls between you and the outside as possible. If you live in a mobile home, locate a sturdy building ahead of time. If you work or live in a high-rise building, get to the lowest level possible and seek shelter in an interior room or hallway.  Here are some additional steps to take to ensure you, your family and your pets are prepared for a tornado.

  • Have a plan for all members of your family, including seniors, children, those with special needs and pets.
  • Store a portable disaster kit with essentials such as water and non-perishable food in your safe room.
  • Identify a family meeting place in the event you are separated.
  • Know the difference between a tornado watch and a tornado warning. A watch means the potential exists for a tornado and you should be prepared to take shelter, while a warning means a tornado is occurring or is expected to develop, and to take shelter immediately.
  • Know where the safe room(s) and/or hallway(s) are at work and school.
  • Keep leashes and carriers nearby so you can take your pets to your safe room.
  • To avoid being left without power following a storm, consider a home standby generator.

If you’re caught outside or driving…  

  • Pull over as soon as you safely can do so. If possible, park away from trees or anything else that could become flying debris. 
  • If there is a sturdy building nearby and you have time to safely get to shelter, seek shelter immediately.
  • If there is no shelter nearby, use your best judgment – you may either get out of the vehicle, lay flat on your stomach in a nearby ditch (away from anything that could become flying debris) and cover your head with your hands OR stay in your vehicle, get down as low as possible below the windows and dashboard and cover your head with your hands.
  • Remember, tornadoes are unpredictable, so please leave storm chasing to trained professionals. Don’t gamble with Mother Nature just to get a great photograph or video to post on social media.

Being prepared means knowing what to do before, during and after a tornado. To stay safe in the aftermath of a tornado…

  • Stay aware and get the latest updates from a NOAA Weather Radio, the Emergency Alert System and local authorities/media.
  • Use caution after a disaster. Wear sturdy shoes, long pants, work gloves and eye protection, if available.
  • If there is a lot of debris, use a mask or cover your mouth with a cloth or T-shirt to avoid breathing in smoke, dust and other harmful air particles.
  • Do not walk or drive through floodwaters.
  • Do not touch or try to move downed power or utility lines.
  • Do not enter damaged buildings unless you know they are safe.
  • If you are properly trained, provide first aid to those in need until paramedics arrive.
  • Text or use social media to contact loved ones rather than attempting a phone call. Phone systems may be down or busy after a disaster, so please save phone calls for emergencies.
  • If your property was damaged, contact your insurance company and be aware of insurance scammers.

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Cheryl Nelson, Certified Broadcast Meteorologist

Cheryl Nelson

Cheryl Nelson is an Emmy-nominated and AP award-winning Certified Broadcast Meteorologist, TV Host, FEMA-Certified Instructor and Weather and Preparedness Advisor for Cummins. You can visit Cheryl’s website at and follow her on Twitter and Facebook @CherylNelsonTV. 

Future of Manufacturing On Display at WIN EURASIA

Mepa Energy showcased the Cummins C3000D5 diesel generator set in their stand, which offered a great perk in terms of size and power.

The newest technologies in the energy, manufacturing and automation sectors were on display at WIN EURASIA 2019, held 14-17 March 2019 in Istanbul, Turkey. 

Cummins Turkey’s authorized dealer Mepa Energy attended the fair for the first time to meet with new customers and showcase Cummins technology at one of the largest international forums for the manufacturing industry.

Held at the Tüyap Fair Convention and Congress Center, Mepa Energy joined thousands of tech and industrial leaders all focused on the future of factories. The event hosted 1,376 exhibitors from 20 countries and 77,403 visitors from 111 countries - filling 11 exhibition halls with 33,110 m2 of stand area. Fifty-one panels, 156 speakers and 90 international media professionals rounded out the event.

WIN EURASIA is organized by Hannover Fairs Turkey. Turkey's emerging economy and strategic location on the Silk Road of Technology Age position it well to be a global leader in manufacturing. With technologies like digitalization, automation, Industrial IoT, collaborative robots, augmented reality, smart supply and logistics shaping the manufacturing landscape, WIN EURASIA brought the leading companies and decision-makers together under one roof to explore trends and build business networks in this fast-moving industry. 

Exhibitors included sheet metal processing, metal forming technologies, automation services, electric/electronic equipment, hydraulic/pneumatic services and intralogistics.

Mepa Energy showcased the Cummins C3000D5 diesel generator set in their stand, which offered a great perk in terms of size and power. A map showing completed and ongoing projects with the locations of them was also shown on the fair stand. 

Adam Sidders Marketing Communications Leader Power Systems

Adam Sidders

Adam Sidders is the Marketing Communications Leader for the Power Systems Business Unit of Cummins Inc. Prior to joining Cummins in 2012 Adam worked in Financial Services for Europe’s largest independently owned insurer as their Marketing and Communications Manager. [email protected]

2019 Hurricane Season Could be Quieter than 2018, Forecasters Say

2019 Hurricane Season - Forecast

While weather forecasters are predicting a quieter hurricane season in 2019, homeowners should still take the steps necessary to prepare their home and family for the worst. 

Alberto, Beryl, Chris, Debby, Ernesto, Florence, Gordon, Helene, Isaac, Joyce, Kirk, Leslie, Michael, Nadine and Oscar. These were the named storms from the 2018 Hurricane Season. 

After the third consecutive above-average season in terms of activity and damage with 15 named storms causing almost $50 billion in damage, forecasters are anticipating a possible reprieve in 2019. 

Late last week, Colorado State University’s Hurricane Research Team released their initial 2019 hurricane forecast, predicting an average season with 13 named storms including five hurricanes; two of which could become major hurricanes.

Despite a promising forecast, these storms could still produce severe – and potentially damaging weather. As hurricane season approaches, it’s important to prepare your home and family for the worst, while hoping for the best. Here are a few steps to take to ensure you’re ready for hurricane season:

  1. Check your insurance policy and verify if you have flood insurance. Policies typically take 30 days to take effect, so check your coverage now in the event you’re affected later. 
  2. Prepare your home’s exterior by cleaning gutters, trimming overgrown trees and vegetation that threaten your home or nearby power lines, and sealing cracks in your foundation. 
  3. Develop a family disaster plan that includes a designated meeting spot and out-of-town contact person in case you’re separated during or after the storm. 
  4. Assemble a disaster prep kit, including items specifically selected for each member of your family, including your pets.

While hurricane season is approaching, severe weather can strike any time of year. Check out these severe weather prep tips to stay ahead of the storm year-round. 

Weather is the leading cause of power outages across the nation. Hurricanes can knock out power for days, weeks, even months. Having a plan for backup power that includes a home standby generator, like a Cummins QuietConnect, will ensure your family is safe and comfortable throughout a power outage. 

To learn more about standby home generators and to find the right one for you, schedule a free in-home assessment with a Cummins-authorized dealer today. Our dealers will work with you throughout the purchase, installation and ownership of a Cummins home generator to ensure you select the best generator for your needs and to ensure it’s ready to work when the moment it’s needed. 

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Introducing Cummins Maroc: Powering Success in Morocco

Seminars and Continuing Professional Development sessions provided technical training to industry professionals.
Seminars and Continuing Professional Development sessions provided technical training to industry professionals.

For 100 years, Cummins has powered success for customers around the world. The launch of Cummins’ first owned distributor in Morocco, Cummins Maroc, was commemorated with a series of events aimed at continuing this vision: powering success for each and every customer.

The launch of Cummins Maroc was commemorated with a series of events.Cummins Maroc provides sales and service for all Cummins products – engines, generators and components. It is headquartered in Casablanca with multiple branches in Casablanca, Khouribga, Agadir and Tangiers.

Two seminars held at the end of February, one in Rabat and the second in Casablanca, highlighted Cummins as a world leader in the design and manufacture of power generation equipment, and its various offerings for multiple applications. Both events had close to 50 persons in attendance from a variety of industry sectors. 

Vivek Malapati, Director of the Distribution Business for Africa and Middle East, shared Cummins Maroc’s development strategy and the focus on Morocco as a power hub and a gate to do business in Africa. He also showcased the flexibility of doing business with a power generation manufacturing leader having a large network, a representation in 51 African countries through various distribution networks.

“Cummins has invested considerably in Morocco and still doing as it sees the high potential in doing business in Morocco to serve its customers and develop relationships,” said Mehdi Tibri, General Manager - Cummins Maroc.

With a focus on the telecommunication and data center sectors, the Cummins Power Generation team also delivered two Continuing Professional Development (CPD) sessions. One was for the technical department of Maroc Telecom, the first telecom operator in Morocco. The other was to Jacobs Engineering, the biggest consultant for OCP Group in the country. OCP Group is a major phosphates producer and investor in the African continent.

On-site prime and emergency standby power for the telecom and data center markets, along with the mining industry, are key areas for Cummins to power success in Morocco and the surrounding region. Telecom providers are making significant investments to cover remote areas, as well as lead as major data cloud service providers. In addition, many companies based in Morocco are investing in other countries in Africa.

The launch of Cummins Maroc was commemorated with a series of events.

Morocco is a regional hub due to its location in Africa, close to continental Europe with only 14 km by sea to Spain. Logistics facilities is one the of the major advantages for Morocco where it is well connected by sea as well as by air. Morocco has developed very good platforms to allow for worldwide companies to invest in Morocco in manufacturing cars, aerospace parts and other products that serve a variety of industries and communities. Cummins Maroc is one of the newest industry partners to serve Morocco and power its success.

Anisha George

As a Marketing Communications Specialist, Anisha is part of the Africa Middle East ABO supporting marketing, communications and event management for power generation marketing. Anisha joined Cummins Middle East in 2009 to support the Administration team in a temporary role. She gained more industry experience working in the event management field before joining back in 2011. Her previous role in Cummins Middle East include Marketing Assistant where she supported special events and marketing activities. Anisha has a Bachelor’s degree specializing in Commerce & Marketing, followed by a diploma in Event Management & Innovative Marketing.

Earn Continuing Education Credits with Cummins PowerHour Webinars

PowerHour: regularly scheduled, 60-minute webinars available live and or-demand from Cummins.
PowerHour: regularly scheduled, 60-minute webinars available live and or-demand from Cummins.

Tune in to a live discussion on power systems, components and applications through PowerHour: regularly scheduled, 60-minute webinars available live and or-demand from Cummins.

Consulting and specifying engineers can earn continuing education credits (PDH/CEU) and keep up on critical technology updates, the latest codes and industry applications. Participants also get a chance to interact directly with Cummins experts through Q&A time. 

Presented by knowledgeable engineers, topics are related to designing and specifying onsite power systems. Following a recent PowerHour, 97% of respondents rated the session as being highly or very highly relevant to their work, having technical depth and presenter interactivity; 97% would also recommend the PowerHour to others.

The next session on Specifying Gaseous Generator Sets, April 30, will be presented by Linda Nezerwe, a Technical Specialist in the Sales Application Engineering team who specializes in fuel and exhaust systems along with emissions. She was a product design engineer prior to that.

The full 2019 PowerHour schedule is as follows: 

  • January 2019: Features of Generator Set Control Based Paralleling
  • February 2019: NFPA 110 Time to Readiness
  • April 2019: NEC 2017 Code Changes for Emergency Power Systems
  • April 2019: Specifying Gaseous Generator Sets
  • May 2019: Introduction to Generator Set Sizing Software 
  • June 2019: Emissions and Air Permitting for Emergency Generator Sets
  • July 2019: Transfer Switch Operation and Application
  • August 2019: Paralleling Solutions 
  • September 2019: Generator Set Overcurrent Protection
  • October 2019: Power Ratings for Emergency Generator Sets
  • November 2019: Importance and Benefit of Selective Coordination 

To access the recorded webinars on-demand and download presentations. visit Check back often for updates as course registrations become available, or, you can subscribe to receive PowerHour invitations.

Adam Sidders Marketing Communications Leader Power Systems

Adam Sidders

Adam Sidders is the Marketing Communications Leader for the Power Systems Business Unit of Cummins Inc. Prior to joining Cummins in 2012 Adam worked in Financial Services for Europe’s largest independently owned insurer as their Marketing and Communications Manager. [email protected]

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