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  • 1. Special Edition: Severe Weather “The official electronic newsgram of Norfolk Naval Shipyard” July 14, 2011 NNSY NOTIFICATION • Management notified by email or National Weather Service broadcast. • Information distributed by supervisors to all person- nel. • Direct notification by radio or other communication device. • NOTE: The preferred method of communicating Tornado Watch with supervision and me- chanics is by face to face communications or by use T he National Weather Service will issue a Tornado Watch when conditions threaten to develop into a tornado in and close to the watch area. The size of the watch area can vary depending on of runners. the weather situation. Watches are usually issued for a duration REQUIRED ACTIONS of four to eight hours. They normally are issued well in advance of • Think about your current the actual occurrence of severe weather. During the watch, people work location and identify should review tornado safety rules and be prepared to move to a the closest secure building place of safety if threatening weather approaches. or shipboard location to go A Tornado Warning is issued when a tornado is indicated by the to if notified to take shelter. WSR-88D radar or sighted by spotters; therefore, people in • Minimize the amount of the affected area should seek safe shelter immediately. They can loose material and tool- be issued without a Tornado Watch being already in effect. They ing lying about, that could are usually issued for a duration of around 30 minutes. d become projectiles in the event of high winds. Remember--WARNINGS indicate imminent danger to life and property. For questions • Understand your work related to severe weather alert signals or associated required actions, please contact Mr. Denis Garrett, @ 396–5907, cell 636-4680. process and what will be involved to secure work if {Page 1} Watch becomes Warning.
  • 2. NNSY Notification Severe Thunderstorm Wa r n i n g• Emergency Sheltering Alarm {see page three}• Selected NNSY manage- ment notified by email or National Weather Service broadcast.• Information distributed as appropriate.• Direct notification by radio or other communication device.• NOTE: The preferred meth- od of communicating with supervision and mechanics is by face to face communi- cations or by use of runners. W hen intense storm conditions begin developing the National Weather Service will call for a Severe Thunderstorm Watch. A severe thunderstorm by definition is a thunderstorm that produces REQUIRED ACTIONS 3/4 inch hail or larger in diameter and/or winds equal or in excess of 58 miles an hour. The size of the watch can vary depending on the• Increased awareness of weather situation. They are usually issued for a duration of four to threat. eight hours. They are normally issued well in advance of the actual• Prepare to secure your work- occurrence of severe weather. During the watch, people should re- site in a safe manner should view severe thunderstorm safety rules and be prepared to move to a place of safety if threatening weather approaches. the storm develop at NNSY.• Take shelter should the weather conditions deterio- A Severe Thunderstorm Warning is issued when either a severe thunderstorm is indicated by the Weather Surveillance Ra- dar-1988 Doppler (WSR-88D) or a spotter reports a thunderstorm rate rapidly, or you are told producing hail 3/4 inch or larger in diameter and/or winds equal to or to do so by your supervisor. in excess of 58 miles an hour; therefore, people in the affected area should seek safe shelter immediately. Severe thunderstorms can pro- {See page three) duce tornadoes with little or no advance warning. Lightning frequencyRemember--WARNINGS indicate imminent is not a criteria for issuing a severe thunderstorm warning. They aredanger to life and property. For questions usually issued for a duration of one hour an can be issued without arelated to severe weather alert signals or as- Severe Thunderstorm Watch being already in effect. dsociated required actions, please contact Mr. Denis Garrett @396–5907, cell 636-4680. {Page 2}
  • 3. severe weather Where to take SHELTER3-3 Where to take shelter: 0-1 • secure building 0-1 • away from exterior walls Wh at d • away from windows o th ese • below decks (shipboard) Re num ad the ber art sm icle ean to fi :? nd out NOT adequate shelter: • TrailersThe Emergency • portable enclosures • motor vehiclesSheltering Alarm {all of the above should be avoided}T he emergency sheltering alarm will announce to the work- force that they need to take shelter during severe weather.Personnel will know the alarm has been sounded when they hear3 short blasts, 30 seconds long at 10 second intervals. The alarmmay also be utilized for other conditions that may result in dan-ger to life and property. The alarm can be applied for destructiveweather (tornados), force protection or other security events.S hould the alarm be sounded, personnel should seek shelter immediately. If weather conditions seem to worsen and thealarm has not been sounded, supervisors and employees shouldutilize good sense and prepare to seek shelter.A ll personnel shall take shelter in a secure building away from exterior walls and windows. Personnel working shipboardshall take shelter below decks. Once the alarm has been sounded, Remember--WARNINGS indicate imminent all personnel will remain sheltered until an ALL CLEAR is provided danger to life and property. For questions which is 1 long continuous siren blast. d related to severe weather alert signals or as- sociated required actions, please contact Mr. Denis Garrett @396–5907, cell 636-4680. {Page 3}
  • 4. For the Home: Emergency PreparednessBasic items in any emergencykit remain the same: Develop a Plan for emergencies Disaster prevention includes modifying your home to strengthen• First aid supplies it against storms so that you can be as safe as possible. It also• Food includes having the supplies on, hand to weather the storm. After completing each item place a check in the orange box.• Water• Important papers Plan Check List:• Medical supplies • Discuss types of hazards that could affect your family. Know• Matches, candles home’s vulnerability to storm surge, flooding/wind. • Locate the safest room or areas in your home for each storm. In• Emergency battery/self/solar powered certain circumstances the safest areas may not be your home radio. but within your community.Essential Tornado EmergencyKit Items: • Determine escape routes from your home and places to meet. These should be measured in tens of miles rather than hun-• Non-perishable food such as MRE’s dreds of miles. (Meals Ready to Eat) • Have an out-of-state friend as a family contact, so all your family• Non-electric can opener members have a single point of contact.• Water (1 gal/person/day for 3 days) • Plan now for what to do with pets if you need to evacuate.• Shelter in the form of a tent/tarps • Post emergency telephone numbers by your phones and make sure your children know how and when to call 911.• Rain gear • Check your insurance coverage - flood damage is not usually • Emergency power source (generator) covered by homeowners insurance.• Emergency blankets/sleeping bag • Stock non-perishable emergency supplies/Disaster Supply Kit.• Flashlights and extra batteries • Use a NOAA weather radio. Remember to replace its battery every 6 months, as you do with your smoke detectors.• Cell phone and charger • Take First Aid, CPR and disaster preparedness classes.• Chainsaw and fuel• Shovels, picks, pry bars, wooden poles Things to Check out: FEMA Online Hazard Maps: https://hazards.fema.gov/femaportal/wps/portal for removing electric wires FEMA and Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. (ESRI) formed a• Signal flares National Partnership providing multi-hazard maps Visitors can create custom hazard maps, by entering a zip code and selecting from a variety of hazard• Battery, solar or self-powered radio types to help determine disaster risks in any community.• Light sticks (shake/break light sticks)• Rope NWS Storm Ready: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/stormready/ To help Americans guard against the ravages of severe weather, the National• Air horn or whistles for signaling Weather Service has designed StormReady, a program arming America’s com-• First aid kit that includes splints and munities with the communication and safety skills necessary to save lives and property. bandages/first aid manual • Medicine (prescription medications, and Community Vulnerability Assessment Tool: over-the-counter pain killers, etc.) http://www.csc.noaa.gov/digitalcoast/training/roadmap/index.html Informational aid designed to assist communities efforts to reduce hazard vul-• Sturdy shoes or boots nerability through strategies relating to awareness, education and mitigation.• Cash and credit cards {Page 4}