Severe Thunderstorms Two main patterns have dominated the skies over the Mid South this spring. One was unsettled and cooler than normal, brought strong storm systems with severe weather potential but not enough heat for big thunderstorms to form. Another weather pattern that affected the Mid South this spring brought several rounds of warm but dry weather. When this occurs temperatures are warm enough to trigger big storms but a large area of high pressure keeps them north and west of the Mid South. Revised 2012 2
Tornados Watch - Means conditions are right for the development of a tornado Warning – Means a Tornado has been spotted or is indicated by Doppler Radar Revised 2012 3
Severe Weather Shelter Area Buildings S-750, S-751, S-237 are severe weather shelters. Most buildings offer shelter on the 1 st floor away from windows. Shelter in designated offices only Shelter in designated hallways only Shelter under your desk Shelter under your modular furniture kneehole When driving, leave the vehicle and find shelter inside, if that is unavailable, lie flat to the ground in a ditch or low point and cover your head with your hands. Listen for sirens, and find shelter quickly, assist others if you can. Revised 2012 4 WHAT’S YOUR BUILDINGS SHELTER IN PLACE PLAN?
Flooding Flash flooding occurs when precipitation falls too quickly on saturated soil or dry soil that has poor absorption ability What makes flash floods most dangerous is their sudden nature and fast moving water. As little as 2 feet (0.61 m) of water is enough to carry away most SUV-sized vehicles It’s recommended that people get out of the area of a flash flood, rather than trying to cross it. TURN AROUND/DON’T DROWN Per TEMA and the National Weather Service, because of unseasonably warm temperatures in the north, we should not have any flooding of the Mississippi River this year. However, that could change. Revised 2012 5
Earthquake The New Madrid fault system, or the New Madrid seismic zone, is a series of faults beneath the continental crust in a weak spot known as the Reelfoot Rift. It cannot be seen on the surface. The fault system extends 150 miles southward from Cairo, Illinois through New Madrid and Caruthersville, Missouri, down through Blytheville, Arkansas to Marked Tree, Arkansas. It dips into Kentucky near Fulton and into Tennessee near Reelfoot Lake, and extends southeast to Dyersburg, Tennessee. It crosses five state lines, and crosses the Mississippi River in at least three places. Revised 2012 6
Summer Heat Flags/Conditions Revised 2012 7 GREEN Flag – Unrestricted physical activity may be carried out. YELLOW Flag – Physical activity should be limited to those people who have been exercising in similar heat for a minimum of 10 days or more. RED Flag – Physical activity is advised only for members who have been working out in similar heat conditions for a period of 12 weeks for more. BLACK Flag – Vigorous outdoor exercise, regardless of conditioning or heat acclimatization, is not advisable.
Weather Facts July is the warmest month on average with highs of 97 and lows of 74. January is our coldest month on average with highs of 50 and lows of 33. The highest recorded temperature was 108°F in 1980. The lowest recorded temperature was -13°F in 1963. Ice storms are more likely to happen here in this climate than large snows and those can quickly drain resources. Revised 2012 8
Be Prepared Be Informed – Know the hazards in the area and keep up-to-date about local conditions Have a Plan - Develop a family emergency plan and prepare for various actions you could have to take Make a Kit – Enough supplies for every family member for at least 3 days http://www.ready.navy.mil Revised 2012 9
AtHOC, Base Info Line and Giant Voice The AtHOC system is a valuable piece of our emergency management program. It allows for the ability to alert base personnel during any emergency. We can alert you at your desk, your mobile number, your home pc and landline. The base info line: 901-874- 7474 used to announce training, drills, real world events, and reporting guidelines during emergencies. The GIANT VOICE allows base wide communication for those outside the building, morning and evening colors. Revised 2012 10