DVIDS – News – Summer brings increase in severe storm activity


FORT LEE, Virginia – Of all the safety risks Team Lee members are likely to face this summer, extreme weather conditions rank first for unpredictability and harmful results ranging from loss of property to life-threatening injuries.

As seen over the past few days, heavy rainfall causing flash floods and intense thunderstorms accompanied by deadly lightning is common. Virginians have experienced it every summer for as long as most can remember. Tornadoes and hurricanes are less common but remain familiar to anyone who has lived here for more than a few years.

The hurricane season began on June 1 and continues through November 30. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration again predicts an “above normal” season with 13 to 20 named storms. Up to 10 of them are expected to reach hurricane force (winds of 74 mph or more) and at least a third of them are expected to reach or exceed Category 3, which means wind speeds of 111 mph or more.

If there are any skeptics on the team, they should take a moment to go online and read the 2020 hurricane season recap, noting that the storm totals projected by NOAA last year have been largely exceeded and the 11 storms that made landfall on the continent The United States broke a record set in 1916, ”observed Thomas Loden, facility emergency manager in the Planning, Training, Mobilization and Security.

“The storms of the last year were also devastating,” Loden continued. “Laura, the Category 4 hurricane that hit Louisiana in August, caused more than $ 19 billion in damage and killed 77 people. Our region has also seen its share of costly and deadly storms – Matthew, Irene, Hermine and Sandy – over the past decade. The bottom line is that we cannot afford the lack of preparation. The potential cost is too high.

The only thing extreme weather events have in common is the ability to cause massive property and human damage, Loden reiterated. This commonality also applies to hurricanes, tornadoes and the northeast, a phenomenon of the upper Atlantic east coast.

“Plus, they’re all testing how well you’ve planned and prepared,” he said. “Those who do nothing are at the greatest risk of harm. Proactive people who take the time to educate themselves and equip themselves have a better chance of survival.

“Building a defense starts with basic questions like what the threat is and how would I (or my family) survive? Loden continued. “Consider home or office preparations to avoid damage, emergency notification, accommodation or evacuation, food and medical needs, etc.” Remember to plan for the worst case scenario, as this type of thinking has saved the lives of many people, especially in a situation like a hurricane where the duration, intensity and consequences of the storm usually extend over several days or weeks. An equally important consideration is how COVID-19 will be factored into your plans. It is likely that emergency shelters will still require the wearing of masks and social distancing, for example. “

Loden encourages community members to regularly monitor radio and television broadcasts for emergency weather updates. Each employee of the installation, military or civilian, must also be registered in the “Alert!” »Emergency alert and mass notification system. It is compulsory for permanent members of the party service and civilians of the DOD. Contactors can do this too.

Registration requires a common access card. The registration site is alert.csd.disa.mil/AlertSplashPage. Individuals are strongly encouraged to allow personal notifications on their cell phone or home phone in order to receive updates when they are not in use. If you are having difficulty registering, seek help from your organization’s IT technician or the personnel manager assigned to most units.

The additional emergency preparedness steps offered by the DPTMS are as follows:

• Assemble or update emergency supplies for the home, car and workplace.
• Learn about local hazards and create an emergency plan. Don’t forget your pets.
• Make sure essential documents are up to date and stored in a weather and / or fire resistant container.
• Create valuable proof of ownership (ie take photos, make an inventory list) and obtain appropriate insurance for relevant hazards.
• Make property improvements to reduce injury or potential damage.
• Know the difference between watches and warnings, and know how to react correctly to both.

Community members are encouraged to read future articles produced by the Garrison Public Affairs Office and attend relevant briefings to ensure they have the latest information and outreach tips. The Emergency Management Branch can be contacted at 804-765-2680.

Several resources are available to help with emergency planning and preparedness, including:

• Virginia Emergency Preparedness website: – www.vaemergency.gov.
• Mobile application of the Federal Emergency Management Agency – www.fema.gov/mobile-app.
• Child and Youth Preparation Toolkit – www.ready.gov/youth-toolkit.
• Guide to Hazardous Weather Conditions in Fort Lee – home.army.mil/lee/index.php/hazweather.

Date taken: 06.11.2021
Date posted: 06.11.2021 15:13
Story ID: 398744
Location: FORT LEE, Virginia, United States

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