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Tropical Cyclone Conditions of Readiness (TCCOR)


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Exercise Pakyo 17


Typhoon Safety

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The information below has been provided by the Guam of Homeland Security and Civil Defense http://www.ghs.guam.gov/

An emergency can occur quickly and without warning. The most important thing you can do to keep yourself and your family safe from an emergency is to prepare, stay calm, and follow instruction from emergency personnel.

The following suggestions will help you and your family develop an emergency plan, assemble a preparedness kit, and share some basic information on what to do before, during, and after any emergency. These will also provide you with important information about how to obtain emergency and ongoing disaster recovery assistance.

Before Emergency Strikes
 

An emergency can occur without warning, leaving little or no time for you and your family to plan what to do next. It is necessary for you to learn about the things you can do to be prepared before an emergency occurs. Two actions that will help you do this are to develop an Emergency Plan, and prepare an Disaster Supply Kit. The next few pages describe how this is done.

Create an Emergency Plan

Before creating your household emergency plan, learn about the types of emergencies that may affect your community, how you'll be notified of an event, and plans that may be in place to deal with these events. Learn if your community has a warning system-via television, radio, or another signal-recognize what it sounds like and what to do when you hear it. Emergencies may strike when your family members are away from home, so find out about plans at your workplace, school, or anywhere else you and your family spends time. Steps to take in creating a household emergency plan includes:

  1. Meet with household members and discuss the dangers of possible emergency events, including fire, severe weather, hazardous spills, and terrorism.
  2. Discuss how you and your family will respond to each possible emergency.
  3. Discuss what to do in case of power outages or personal injuries.
  4. Draw a floor plan of your home. Mark two escape routes from each room.
  5. Teach adults how to turn off the water, gas, and electricity at main switches. If for any reason you do turn off natural gas service to your home, call  to restore service, Do not attempt to restore gas service yourself.
  6. Post emergency contact numbers near all telephones, pre-program emergency numbers into phones with auto-dial capabilities.
  7. Teach children how and when to dial 9-1-1 to get emergency assistance.
  8. Teach children how to make long-distance telephone calls.
  9. Pick a friend or relative that all family members will call if separated (it is often easier to call out-of-state during an emergency than within the affected area.
  10. Instruct household members to turn on the radio for emergency information.
  11. Pick two meeting places:
    • A place near your home.
    • A place outside your neighborhood (or off-island) in case you cannot return home after an emergency.
  12. Take a basic First Aid and CPR Class. Contact American Red Cross for more info.
  13. Keep family records in a water and fireproof safe. Inexpensive models can be purchased at most hardware store.
     
Prepare a Disaster Supply Kit

Often during an emergency, electricity, water, heat, air conditioning, or telephone service may not work. Preparing an Disaster Supply Kit ahead of time can save precious time in the event you must evacuate or go without electricity, heat, or water for an extended period of time. You can gather water, food, first-aid supplies, clothing, bedding, tools, and other essential items to store at any time. You should consider including the following items in an Disaster Supply Kit.

  1. At least a 3-day supply of water (1 gallon per person per day). Store water in sealed, unbreakable containers. Replace every 6 months.
  2. A 3 to 5 day supply of non-perishable packaged or canned food and a non-electric can opener.
  3. A change of clothing, rain gear, and sturdy shoes.
  4. Blankets, bedding, or sleeping bags.
  5. A first aid kit and prescription medications (be sure to check the expiration dates)
  6. An extra pair of glasses or contact lenses and solution (be sure to check the expiration dates)
  7. A list of family physicians, important medical information, and the style and serial number of medical devices such as pacemakers.
  8. Special items for infants, the elderly, or family members with disabilities.
  9. A battery-powered radio, flashlight, and plenty of extra batteries.
  10. Identification, credit cards, cash, and photocopies of important family documents including home insurance information.
  11. An extra set of car and house keys.
  12. Tools such as screwdrivers, cutters, and scissors; duct tape; waterproof matches' a fire extinguisher' flares' plastic storage containers' needle and thread' pen and paper; a compass; garbage bags; and regular household bleach. 
Things to think about...

If any members of your household have disabilities or are elderly, find out what services may be available to aid in their care or evacuation in the event of an emergency.

If you have pets, you should find out whether potential shelters will allow them many will not In this case, you may with to make arrangements for pets in advance of an emergency.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Helping with neighbors in an emergency can save lives and property. Meet with your community members to plan how you could work together until help arrives. If you are a member of a neighborhood organization, such as a home association or crime watch group, introduce emergency preparedness as a new activity. Know your neighbor;s special skills and consider how you could help those with special needs, such as people with disabilities and elderly persons.

If You Have Pets

Create a survival kit for your pet. This should include:

  • Identification collar and rabies tag.
  • Carrier or cage.
  • Leash.
  • Any medications (be sure to check expiration dates).
  • Newspapers and plastic trash bags for handling waste.
  • At least a two-weeks supply of food, water, and food bowls.
  • Veterinary records (most animal shelters do not allow pets without proof of vaccination).

If you have no other choice but to leave your pet at home, place your pet in a safe area inside your home with plenty of water and food. Never leave pets chained outside. Place a note outside your home listing what pets are inside, where they are located, and phone numbers of where you can be reached.

After An Emergency Strikes

and after an emergency occurs, it is important to stay calm. Even after an event, there may still be many dangers. What seems like a safe distance or location may not be. Stay tuned to your local emergency station and follow the advice of trained professionals. Unless told to evacuate, avoid roads to allow emergency vehicles access. What you do next can save your life and the lives of others. Here are some helpful hints:

If Your Power Goes Out
  1. Remain calm, and assist family members or neighbors who may be vulnerable if exposed to extreme heat or cold.
  2. Locate a flashlight with batteries to use until power comes back on. Do not use candles this can cause a fire.
  3. Turn off sensitive electric equipment such as computers, VCRs, and televisions.
  4. Turn off major electric appliances that were on when the power went off. This will help to prevent power surges when electricity is restored.
  5. Keep your refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to keep cold in and heat out.
  6. Do not use the stove to heat your home this can cause a fire or fatal gas leak.
  7. Use extreme caution when driving. If traffic signals are out, treat each signal as a stop sign come to a complete stop at every intersection and look before you proceed.
  8. Do not call 9-1-1 to ask about the power outage. Listen to the news radio stations for updates.

Flooding can cause contamination of water supplies. Bad water can contain microorganisms that cause diseases such as dysentery, typhoid, and hepatitis. If you think your water may be contaminated, you should purify it before using it. This includes water used for drinking, cooking, cleaning dishes, or bathing. The best way to purify water is to boil it. Boiling. Boiling is considered the safest method of purifying water. Bring water to a boil for 3-5 minutes, and then allow it to cool before drinking. Pouring water back and forth between two containers will improve the taste by putting oxygen back into the water.

Typhoon Safety Tips

  
Indoor Preparations:
  • Secure all important documents in a zip lock bag
  • Cover all beds and other items with plastic to protect from water seeping in around windows/doors
  • Consider packing matches (consider using child-proof lighters), toilet paper and other things you must keep dry in a zip lock bag
  • Closets are a good place for storing large items
  • Roll carpets up and away from doors, arrange flashlights, lanterns, candles, and lighters in places where they can be easily found
  • When, or if the power goes out unplug all appliances; this will prevent damage from power surge when power is restored.
  • Ensure all range controls are in the off position

Typhoon Evacuation Preparations:
  • Listen to/Watch the local media
  • Cooperate with local officials directing evacuation routes
  • If you do not have any transportation, make arrangements with relatives, friends, or your local village Mayor Office. Wear protective clothing and sturdy shoes
  • Gather water, food, clothing, and emergency supplies
  • Secure your house by
    • Boarding or placing shutter on all windows/doors
    • Unplug appliances
    • Turn off gas valve
    • Turn off the main water valve
  • Follow recommended evacuation routes
  • Don't take shortcuts! They may be blocked

Outside Preparations:
  • Tie down tin-covered roof extension with cables
  • Secure all loose items such as garbage can lids, empty drums,, gardening tools, and any other material that could become airborne during high winds
  • Take down all lawn umbrellas and temporary canopies
  • Secure plywood or typhoon shutters on windows and have an extra plywood/shutter on hand; wind-thrown debris and wind pressure can break windows
  • Remove and secure or waterproof window air conditioners
  • Fuel your car; service stations may be closed after the storm
  • Ensure that the main gas valve is shut off
  • Stay indoors until Condition Four is declared

     
Post Typhoon Preparations:
  • Remain in your shelter, until informed by local authorities that it is safe to leave
  • Keep tuned to local radio or television stations for advice and instructions from the local government
  • Stay away from disaster areas-sightseers should not interrupt crucial rescue and recovery work
  • Drive only when necessary and be especially careful. Streets will be filled with debris and down lines/tree
  • Avoid loose or dangling power wires and report them immediately to local officials
  • Report broken sewer or water mains
  • Prevent fires. Local water pressure may bd low, making fire fighting more difficult
  • Check refrigerated food for spoilage
  • Stay away from river banks until all potential flooding has passed.
     
Guam Typhoon Conditions:

- Condition IV: Guam is always in Condition IV. A typhoon may develop and hit the island within 72 hours.
- Condition III: A typhoon may possibly hit the island within 48 hours.
- Condition II: A typhoon is expected to hit the island within 24 hours.
- Condition I: A typhoon is expected to hit the island within 12 hours.
- "During Condition I, only emergency traffic should be on the roads"


Four Kinds of Tropical Cyclones:
  1. Tropical Depression: maximum sustained surface winds 38 mph.
  2. Tropical Storm: sustained surface winds 39to 73 mph
  3. Typhoon: sustained surface winds 74 to 149 mph.
  4. Super Typhoon: sustained surface winds 150 mph or more

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Hafa Adai! Team Andersen this weekend should prove to be warm and wet with a resurgence of the tropical convergence belt over the next 4 days. Tropical showers in the early AM hours on Saturday increasing in frequency through Sunday. Monday will cap off the effects of a developing Tropical Depression to our west as we see light rain (0.35") and cloud cover throughout the day. Winds will be a factor for remainder of the week from the SE at 15-20KTS. To our hikers this weekend stay prepared. Trails will remain wet with some more frequent tropical showers but there will also be clearing and plenty of sunshine mixed in making for tough, slippery, and humid hikes. Bring plenty of water and appropriate attire to keep yourselves protected from exposure Happy Holidays SSgt Anderson
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For Immediate Release April 15, 2019 GHS/OCD Host Tsunami Awareness Training The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), in coordination with the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC), will host the Tsunami Awareness (AWR-217) training on April 30, 2019 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the GHS/OCD facility, Agana Heights. The AWR-217 course is offered at no cost to eligible participants and will enhance attendees’ abilities to support respective organizations’ tsunami preparedness and response efforts; and provide a better understanding of the tsunami hazard, current hazard assessment tools and products, tsunami warning and dissemination systems, and methods of community response to local and distant tsunamis. Attendees for this course include emergency management personnel and partners from the Government of Guam, federal, military, private, and non-profit organizations. For registration details, contact GHS/OCD State Training and Exercise Manager Patrick Leon Guerrero at (671) 475-9600 or via email at pat.leonguerrero@ghs.guam.gov. For media inquiries, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer Jenna G. Blas at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov. -###-
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Office of Civil Defense Administrator Charles Esteves presented during the Business Resilience Workshop hosted by the Pacific Islands Climate Adaptation Science Center-University of Guam at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, April 8, 2019. Small business owners and entrepreneurs were among the attendees and the workshop opened up discussions for what small business owners should keep in mind when it comes to preparing for and recovering from disasters and what they can avail of before and after disasters. Mr. Esteves joined a great panel including Holly Rustick, Founder of WEGO Consulting, Al Yanger, President of Galaide Professional Services, Inc., and Denise Mendiola, Director, Small Business Development Center, UOG. #GHSOCD #UOG #SmallBusiness #Resilience
GHS/OCD Participate in Training Administrator Charles Esteves, State Training & Exercise Manager Patrick Leon Guerrero, Administrative Officer Marie Quenga, and Public Information Officer Jenna Blas attended the L0348 Orientation to Mission Assignments for FEMA Staff and Interagency Partners in Diamond Head, HI, April 4-5, 2019. The two-day course covered mission assignment guidance, the process for requesting federal assistance and the resource request process, MA billing and reimbursement, and others. It was a great opportunity to work with other partners around the region. #GHSOCD #FEMA
Guam Provides Input GHS/OCD’s Patrick Leon Guerrero, Marie Quenga and Jenna Blas attended the 2019 FEMA Region IX OCONUS Training and Exercise Planning Workshop (TEPW) in Honolulu, HI, April 2-3. Patrick Leon Guerrero, GHS/OCD State Training and Exercise Manager provided input for Guam in the multi-year training and exercise calendar between states, territories and federal partners. The TEPW provided a great opportunity to leverage support for major upcoming exercises. #GHSOCD #FEMA #Training #Exercise
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Guam's Role in National Emergency Management Office of Civil Defense Administrator Charles Esteves along with Deputy Fire Chief Joey San Nicolas attended the 2019 National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) Emergency Management Policy and Leadership Mid-Year Forum in Virginia, March 29 – April 2, 2019. NEMA provided a forum to discuss evolving technologies for emergency communications, risk and resilience, specific trends, drivers and impacts that emergency managers must consider from a policy and planning perspective, and disaster recovery. While there, Administrator Esteves met with Congressman Michael San Nicolas to discuss legislative priorities from the National Emergency Management Association and to seek his support in the Appropriations Committee to fund specific Federal emergency management programs in the FY19 budget. #GHSOCD #NEMA #EmergencyManagement #PartnershipsMatter
Training Remains a Priority The Incident Response to Terrorist Bombings (IRTB) Training course was held today at the University of Guam. The IRTB course provided first responders with the skills necessary to recognize and report a potential incident involving explosives. The course provided participants with an understanding of the terrorist threat, information on recognition and capabilities of energetic materials that could be used in a terrorist attack, and appropriate response protocols. Thank you to the instructors from New Mexico Tech for their time on Guam. #GHSOCD #NewMexicoTech #IRTB #Training
Students from Tiyan High School took part in the Teen Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training today at the GHS/OCD facility. The CERT trainees learn basic response skills such as light fire suppression, search and rescue and triage so they are more prepared for disasters and know how to respond in their community. #GHSOCD #CERT #TeenCERT #PlanAhead
A Fire Weather Watch remains in effect for Guam until Monday night. Outdoor burning is prohibited. Be safe, Guam!
For Immediate Release March 29, 2019 Early Morning Earthquake Recorded The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) recorded an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.0 that struck 298km WSW of Merizo Village, Guam, with a depth of 56.3km, at 2:28 a.m. (ChST). This is the third earthquake recorded in that general area since yesterday. There were no reports made to Guam 911 dispatch of damages or injuries from the earthquake. This will be the only statement issued unless additional information is received. The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) remind the community that when an earthquake strikes, conduct the earthquake procedure, “Drop, Cover and Hold On” until the shaking stops. Visit https://www.ready.gov/earthquakes and https://ghs.guam.gov/programs/natural-disasters/earthquakes to learn more about earthquake preparedness. For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov. -###- https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us2000k6lx/executive
For Immediate Release March 29, 2019 NWS Fire Weather Watch Remains in Effect; Refrain from Outdoor Burning The National Weather Service (NWS), Guam Weather Forecast Office fire weather watch remains in effect for Guam through Monday Evening. A fire weather watch means that critical fire weather conditions are forecast to occur. Stronger winds and continued dry weather expected the next several days will increase the risk of fast-spreading wildfires. Although the affected areas include mainly southern and central areas of Guam, the community is reminded to practice caution island wide. Daytime winds will be east around 15 mph today, increasing to between 15 and 20 mph Saturday through Monday. Stronger gusts in higher elevations and along ridges are expected. Daytime humidity is expected as low as 40%. Stronger daytime winds will enable the rapid spread of any fires that develop and will make efforts to contain brushfires more difficult. Multiple fires have already occurred. "Working alongside our local and federal fire services, the fire at Nimitz Hill was successfully contained without any injuries or damage to any homes in the area", said Guam Fire Department, Fire Chief Dan Stone. "We continue to urge the community to practice fire prevention and preparedness, especially with the dry conditions and high winds we are currently experiencing", he added. Any fires that develop could spread rapidly, be difficult to control, and may ignite spot fires downwind. Practice caution by following these safety tips: • Regularly clean the roof and gutters • Maintain an area approximately 30’ away from you home that is free of anything that will burn, such as wood piles, dried leaves, newspapers and other brush • Connect garden hoses long enough to reach any area of the home and fill garbage cans, tubs, or other large containers with water • Review your homeowner's insurance policy and also prepare/update a list of your home's contents If your area is under a Fire Weather watch or warning • Turn on your TV/radio to get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions • Know where to go. If you are ordered to evacuate, know the route to take and have plan of where you will go. Check-in with your friends and family • Keep your emergency supply kit ready and vehicles fueled in case you need to evacuate Practice fire prevention • Deposit cigarette butts in the proper receptacle to avoid starting a fire with a flying spark or ember • Do not set off fireworks when conditions are dry • Outdoor burning is prohibited. The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) remind residents and visitors to practice extreme caution during this time. Visit the following links for the latest advisory information: • NWS Website: https://www.weather.gov/gum/ • NWS Facebook: https: https://www.facebook.com/NWSGuam • GHS/OCD Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GHSOCD/ For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov. -###-
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As of 8 a.m. we are now in TCCOR 3 in preparation for Tropical Storm Wutip. The storm system is predicted to become a typhoon, passing within range of Guam on Saturday. Begin preparation for adverse weather and stay clear of the water as surf and wind conditions will continue to become worse until the system passes.
A message from Rear Adm Chatfield:
Stay indoors, stay safe!
The latest from US National Weather Service Guam!
Latest update from JRM. Be prepared Guam!
Yutu is now a Typhoon. While the current track shows its center moving north of Guam, be prepared all the same!
Guam is now in TCCOR 3
Be prepared! This storm could shift at any moment.
In case you missed it earlier today!
Guam is now in TCCOR 3!
Joint Information Center Release No. 4 The storm is anticipated to impact the Guam as a Cat 3 or 4 Typhoon late Tuesday or early Wednesday. If you don’t already follow Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense, go give them a follow!
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