While we in the Savannah area have not had a direct hit from a hurricane in many years, we have had two indirect and near misses Hurricanes that brought damage and devastation to the area, and we must remain ever vigilant for when we are hit directly. And at some point we will be hit by a hurricane.Hurricane Conditions (HC) and Readiness:
This is a stand down condition set from 01 December to 31 May each year, except when there is a rare winter hurricane.
It is during this time that any updates to the hurricane plan be made in order to stay current and the phone tree should be verified for accuracy.
Radio nets and Comms drills should also be done during this period. Every effort should be made to include new members, and especially those members that have recently received their TCO qualification.B. CONDITION FOUR:
This is a seasonal condition set for all units each year from 01 June through 30 November.
During the month of June the flotilla will conduct heavy weather contingency training, and review with the membership the requirements for conditions 3,2, 1 and post storm operations.
Also in June the flotilla roster and calling tree should be reviewed and updated as needed. To include emergency contacts for all members.
Before 30 June all members should review their family evacuation plan and note any changes to the flotilla commander.
Also during this time. All operational vessels and aircraft along with any generators should be maintained at a 70% fuel capacity.
All fixed land and mobile radio facility owners shall ensure their facility is operational and in good working condition and report such to the FSO-CM and The flotilla commander.
Gale force winds are expected within 72 hours. At this time they flotilla commander will initiate an email blast/calling tree to inform the membership of the change in condition. And to start getting preparations in order.
This is the readiness condition, when threatening winds of over 50 knots are expected within 48 hours.
It is in this stage of readiness that we should prepare for the safety of our families, and for the possibility of being activated or deployed within 24 hours. It is the primary responsibility of all members to ensure the safety of their families and property.
This condition will also depend on whether or not our flotilla is inside or outside the targeted area.
The FC, VFC, and SO-OP or another designated staff officer shall ensure no contingency plans for HC4 and HC5 have been met and are current.
All Flotilla members should prepare for evacuation, secure their facilities, homes, and personal property, and all records should be secured.
Large vessels should be moved to a pre-selected sheltered mooring.
Trailerable boats should be taken to their pre-designated area and prepared for heavy winds and rain.
Auxiliary aircraft should be evacuated according to their plan, pilot if evacuating park to get orders from the AAC.
Upon completion of condition three requirements the FC, VFC, FSO-OP or other designated Flotilla staff Officer shall notify the DCDR or VDCD of such.OUTSIDE THE TARGET AREA:
Once put on alert by the DCDR, VDCD, SO-OP, or other designated division staff officer, we will make a list of Flotilla resources ready and available to respond.
All other operational facilities shall be 100% fueled, and provisioned with food and water, a change of clothing along with all additional equipment as required. All towing vehicles shall be fully fueled and readied. And report their alert status to the FC,VFC, FSO-OP, or other designated flotilla staff officer who will relay this readiness status to the DCDR, VDCD.
VHF-FM and HF stations should ensure the readiness of emergency battery power for The communication equipment and conduct communication exercise to verify The readiness of the communication equipment. And report their readiness to the FC,VFC , FSO-OP or other designated flotilla staff officer. Who will relay the information to the DCDR, VCDC.
These stations should be placed on an alert status and be ready to be activated within 24-hours notice, and a schedule for 24 hour watch standing should be prepared to starting in HC2.
Auxiliary pilots should be prepared to respond to requested pre-hurricane reconnaissance flights as directed by the AAC.
This is the readiness condition in which threatening weather is possible within 24 hours.
All flotilla members should have secured their properties and evacuated the area. ( all members should take with them he auxiliary operational uniform and their identification card to aid them in accessing restricted areas.)OUTSIDE TGE TARGET AREA:
The FC, VFC , FSO-OP or designated Staff Officer shall ensure that all the requirements for the prior condition are met.
Flotilla VHF and HF Nets are activated and their CG OIA, SO-CM or other designated Division Staff Officer is advised. All nets in the adjoining Flotillas and divisions are on a 24 hour Communications schedule.
This is the dangerous condition extending from when threatening winds are expected within 12 hours, the period during the storm and until it has passed and is unlikely to return.
All flotilla members should have secured their properties and evacuated.OUTSIDE TGE AFFECTED AREA:
Adjoining Divisions/Flotillas shall ensure all prior conditions have been met.
All VHF and HF Nets are operational and integrated. They should be reporting hourly or as needed to handle emergency traffic to the Auxiliary District Net Controller.
All Auxiliarists on alert status are fully prepared and resting, but are readily available to be deployed within 3 hours.
The period after the storm has passed and there is no possibility of it returning to the affected area. When the Sector Commander resets Condition 4, all Auxiliary units should automatically reset to condition 4.
Again, it should be stressed that the primary responsibility for ALL Auxiliarists is the safety of their own families and property and as such Auxiliarists within the disaster area are NOT to be utilized in post operations until they have completed their damage assessments and secured their personal property, and recovered from all the damaging effects from the storm and advised the nearest OIA of their availability.