Posted to Emergency Preparedness & Response by Jim Redick
Good afternoon, Team Norfolk!
This email is to serve as a reminder we are now officially entering the 2018 hurricane season. In fact, as we do every June 1, Team Norfolk Emergency Operations has entered into Hurricane Readiness Condition 5 which means now is the time to review City Policy 5.3: Emergencies and Closings, the Team Norfolk Emergency Operations and Resilience Framework (specifically the Basic Plan and the Tropical Storm / Hurricane / Nor’Easter Hazard-Specific Annex) and internal departmental standard operating procedures (SOP’s). These materials help establish how we can all effectively work as a team: Team Norfolk.
To further instill an effective and proactive unity of effort, this season there will be a heavier emphasis on the use of the National Incident Management System as well as the Incident Command System. If you haven’t already, or it has been more than a few years, please complete the following free FEMA online independent study courses: IS-700.A: National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction and IS-100.B: Introduction to Incident Command System, ICS-100. In-class training will also be offered in the very near future.
Here are a few additional steps toward ensuring preparedness:
There are also a few preparedness-related special events of note:
To conclude, like every other year, much has been said about this season’s forecast. One thing is certain: in any such seasonal forecast there is never any correlation as to where those storms will make landfall and at what intensity. It only takes one storm to make it a bad season. As such, it is important we take steps now to prepare our community, ourselves and our loved ones.
Thank you and please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have!
Director, Norfolk EOC
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