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Workshop 1 - Hans Schmitz


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Workshop 1 - Hans Schmitz

  1. 1. Developing a Severe Weather Plan Are You Prepared? Hans Schmitz 11 December 2018
  2. 2. Prior Need • Public spaces need disaster plans – Fairgrounds, Parks • Private spaces need disaster plans – Community Use Afterhours • County EMA personnel and first responders need to know those plans • Personnel utilizing public/private spaces need to know those plans • 4-H Clubs, Boy/Girl Scouts, Kiwanis, Rotary, Garden Clubs meet in all sorts of places • Others?
  3. 3. Background • Breakout Session 2014 • AgSEED Awarded 2016 • Planning Document developed 2016-2017 • Face-to-face meetings Feb. 2018 • Webinar for 2019
  4. 4. What & Why • NWS issues four types of threat notifications • Outlooks • Advisories • Watches • Warnings • What brought to you by Sam Lashley, National Weather Service Forecast Office, Northern Indiana • Why brought to you by Steve Cain, Extension Disaster Education Network
  5. 5. Outlooks • Issued 1x daily, unless special circumstances exist • Indicators of near and long-term issues generally
  6. 6. Advisory • Highlight special conditions • Call to pay attention • Highly variable by region
  7. 7. Watch • First alert that severe weather is possible. • Likelihood is great enough to begin preparations should WATCH be changed to WARNING.
  8. 8. Warning Prepare NOW Severe Weather has been observed, or the signs of severe weather have been seen on models or radar.
  9. 9. Community Planning • Your location needs a plan in the event of winter weather, thunderstorms, or tornadoes. • Each event is unique in challenges. • Each location is unique in capacity.
  10. 10. Phase 1 – Form a Planning Team Identify core planning team Engage whole community in planning Phase 2 – Assess Priorities Identify threats and hazards Assess risk Determine operational priorities Set goals and objectives Phase 3 – Develop & Maintain Plan Develop and analyze course of action Identify resources Identify information and intelligence needs Write the plan •Review •Approve & disseminate •Exercise •Review, revise, and maintain 7.10
  11. 11. Components of an Emergency Plan • Purpose • Situational Overview • What threat are you dealing with • Assignment of Responsibilities • Who is in charge? • Direction and Control • How will you get it done? • Communications • Phones (you’ll need numbers) Radios, etc • Plan Development and Maintenance • Resource Requirements • If you plan for it, you need the resources to carry out the plan’s function. • Visibility • Where is it posted? • Is it logical? 7.11
  12. 12. Where to Begin? • Think about your operation /site. • Identify what assets are vulnerable during different threats • Insurance and law enforcement can help • Establish protection measures • What training might be needed?
  13. 13. Winter Storm Warning - Thoughts • For liability purposes, ideal decision is close or cancel. • Shelter-in-place criteria if not closed or cancelled. • Up to one week of food and drink available • Snow isn’t technically safe to eat after two days (best in the first half-day) • Source of back-up heat available in the event of power outage • Unless most people attending also don’t have a back-up source and criteria one is met. • In this case, reasonable accommodations in the event of a power outage should be available (think tons of blankets or a fireplace). • Brave the storm criteria (send them home) • Roads will be passable for the next hour. • Overwhelming majority of attendees have a reliable source of transportation.
  14. 14. Severe Thunderstorm Warning • Outdoor meetings must be immediately postponed or cancelled at the first sign of lightning. • Evacuation to a nearby building to wait is an option. • As long as an indoor building with a solid roof is available and will hold all participants, shelter-in-place is advised. • Vehicles should not be considered an option, although they are the least acceptable alternative to staying outside.
  15. 15. Tornado Warning • EVACUATION IS NOT AN ACCEPTABLE OPTION • 13 MINUTE LEAD TIME MORE LIKELY TO GET MOTORISTS KILLED • In the event people without reliable transportation exist, those persons will not be leaving in time anyway • Shelter-in-place options nearby must be considered • 80% of tornadoes are EF-3 or lower, but nearest basement gives best options.
  16. 16. The Living Resource • AgSEED Team Members • Hans Schmitz, Posey County • Amanda Mosiman, Warrick County • Curt Emanuel, Boone County • Austin Pearson, Tipton County (NC3 member) • Steve Cain, retired EDEN director • Natalie Carroll, Prof. of Extension Education • Renee McKee, State 4-H Program Leader • Sam Lashley, NWS – Northern Indiana
  17. 17. Resources! • • • 1.19
  18. 18. Questions? Hans Schmitz 126 E 3rd St., Rm. 29 Mt. Vernon, IN 47620 O: (812) 838-1331 C: (812) 483-7554 @hfpschmitz