American Red Cross (ARC): http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/earthquake
HAZARDOUS MATERIALS (HAZMAT)
HEAT STRESS and HEALTH CONCERNS
and DISASTER ASSISTANCE (refer to
your insurance provider to confirm coverages)
THUNDERSTORMS / LIGHTNING
National & Local Weather Information
Tampa Bay area News and Weather Stations
TV – WTVT (FOX):http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/
TV – WFLA (NBC):http://www.wfla.com/
TV – WFTS (ABC):http://www.abcactionnews.com/
TV – WTSP (CBS): http://www.wtsp.com/
TV – WEDU (PBS):http://www.wedu.org/
Radio – AM 970 (WFLA): http://www.970wfla.com/
Radio – AM 820 (WWBA): http://www.newstalkflorida.com/820-news/
Radio – AM 1250:
Radio – FM 89.7: (WUSF, NPR): http://www.wusf.usf.edu/
Radio – AM 680: (WRMD), Spanish
Extreme Weather Information Sheets are available
online and are easily printed. These are
a GREAT addition to your Communications Plan.
Go to NOAA’s website to view and download the sheets at http://www.ncddc.noaa.gov/activities/weather-ready-nation/newis/.
Disaster/Emergency Preparedness Training and Education
Many [free] training courses are
online through FEMA and provide certificates when successfully completed: http://training.fema.gov/IS/. The USCENTCOM
Emergency Manager or your Directorate EM Rep can recommend additional
CAN I RECEIVE WARNING AND ALERTS?
If assigned to HQ USCENTCOM,
personnel must ensure that their contact information is kept up-to-date in the
AtHoc Self Service function, ‘What About Me’ system, organizational recall rosters, etc. This is imperative to ensuring timely alerts
Warnings, alerts, and special
instructions will be received by one or more means on-base and in HQ USCENTCOM
facilities. Depending on the conditions,
alerts and notifications will also be made available off base and after duty
hours via several means. Knowing the warnings
and signals, what they mean, and what to do is critical for personal protection
- 1.“Giant Voice”
is the outdoor base-wide Public Address and Warning System. Broadcasts warn of severe weather threats
(lightning, tornado, etc.) and hostile actions (e.g. active shooter). The below graphic explains the warning signals
- 2.Interconnected Public Address and Warning System (sometimes called “Little Voice”) is used to announce
emergency warning and command group instructions inside and around USCENTCOM
facilities. Announcements are verbal – no sirens or tones.
- 3.The AtHoc Emergency Management Mass Notification System may be used to
notify personnel both on and off duty of emergencies, evacuation and disaster
instructions, and special command directions – used sparingly. Depending on the situation, time-critical
nature, and purpose, you may receive notifications/alerts by one or more of the
- -Unclassified E-mail and/or computer
pop-up at work
- -Phone message at work
- -Personal E-mail
- -Phone message to gov’t-issued cell
phone, personal cell phone, or home phone
- -Text message to mobile phones
***Self Service registration on the USCENTCOM unclassified
(NIPR) network is required for this system to work!
- 4.‘CENTCOM All’ E-mails to all personnel at work on multiple networks.
- 5.Civil Authority alert/notification systems may alert you to emergencies and other events affecting a
city, county, or surrounding areas, if enrolled (by self-registration).
Several civil government alerting services around the
MacDill AFB region include:
NOTE: Your local community or county
may offer their own alerting service.
Ask your local Emergency Management Office or City Hall about local
emergency notification systems and services.
- 6.NOAA Weather Radios
will provide you warnings from the National Weather Service (NWS) when severe
weather watches and warnings are declared.
These are very important to have in your homes, and some models are
portable and can be taken to the beach, hiking, etc. Learn more at http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/.
KEY INFORMATION TO KNOW:
Severe Weather Warnings
National Weather Service (NWS) and base Weather Flight may declare ‘watches’
and ‘warnings’ as severe weather threatens.
Learn the meanings and ensure you monitor news/weather stations to stay
Tornado Watch: Tornado development is possible. Remain
alert for approaching storms.
Warning: A tornado has been sighted or indicated by
weather radar. Take shelter immediately.
Thunderstorm Watch:Severe T-storms are likely to develop. Remain
alert for approaching storms.
A severe T-storm(s) weather has been reported by spotters or indicated
by radar. Go indoors. Exercise caution when
Flooding is possible. If in/near areas subject to forecasted
flooding, be prepared to evacuate.
Warning:Flooding is occurring, or will soon. If
directed to evacuate, do so immediately.
Flash flooding is possible. Be
prepared to move to higher ground or out of your community.
Warning:A flash flood is happening.
Move to higher ground. Avoid affected areas.
storm force winds and conditions are possible within 48 hours.
storm force winds and conditions are possible within 36 hours.
AFB uses Hurricane Conditions of Readiness (HURCON) to provide an incremental
countdown to storm force winds (sustained winds greater than 58 mph).
NOTE: You can become a ‘Weather Spotter” for the Nat’l
Weather Service, or just learn more about severe weather at http://skywarn.org/.
Disaster Accountability Reporting
Reporting accountability during and
following a base evacuation (e.g., due to a hurricane threat) is required daily
unless directed otherwise. The sponsor must
log into the CENTCOM Personnel Accountability System (CPAS) at https://cpas.centcom.mil to report accountability.