Emergency Preparedness Web Sites
- FEMA.gov - Federal Emergency Management Agency
- NOAA Hurricane Preparedness Basics
- READY.gov - From the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
- American Red Cross Disaster Services-Hurricane Preparedness
- Georgia Emergency Management Agency
- South Carolina Emergency Management Division
- Maryland Emergency Management Agency
- CDC Public Health Emergency Preparedness & Response Site
- New Mexico Emergency Management Agency
FLETC Early Warning System
The FLETCs Early Warning System (EWS) is the siren and public address warning system which alerts staff and students of severe weather at our Glynco, Artesia and Charleston locations. The initiates the appropriate audible signal from the system towers positioned throughout the FLETC when they receive notice of severe weather threatening the area. Many training divisions have developed specific Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for response to severe weather; therefore, from time to time to ensure they are complying with severe weather policy.
When the National Weather Service (NWS) issues a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for the area, it often means lightning, high winds, rain and/or hail could threaten personnel or facilities. The Thorguard Lightning Prediction System will sound a warning signal - a siren wail, lasting 15 seconds. If you are outside when you hear this signal, you must seek shelter (preferably indoors) immediately. When lightning conditions have passed, an “all clear” signal will sound – a siren wail, consisting of three 5 second bursts with a 5 second pause between each burst.
Each Training Delivery Point has access to ThorGuard Mobile displays at the below links:
- Glynco https://360.thormobile.net/fletc-glynco/
- Charleston https://360.thormobile.net/fletc-charleston/
- Cheltenham https://360.thormobile.net/fletc-cheltenham/
- Artesia Main Campus https://360.thormobile.net/fletc-artesia-main/
- Artesia Range https://360.thormobile.net/fletc-artesia-range/
When the NWS issues a Tornado Warning (not a Tornado Watch) for the area, it means tornado activity has been identified in our immediate area and there is a distinct threat of a tornado. (A Tornado Watch means that conditions are favorable for tornado activity but that no specific tornado activity has yet been observed.) The Safety Specialist Telecommunicator will sound the warning signal – a siren fast wail, followed by a pre-recorded verbal announcement that there is a Tornado Warning. If you are outside, you must seek adequate shelter immediately.
After the threat period is over, an “ALL CLEAR” signal will be activated on the public address feature of the EWS to advise FLETC personnel that the weather threat period has ended and training and other activities may resume.
Questions about the EWS and response to severe weather events can be directed to the Emergency Management Specialist at 912-267-2470; or the Chief Security Officer at 912-267-2102.
FLETC and On-site Partner Organization staff and students should be aware that the FLETC management carefully watches developing weather problems including hurricanes. In the event of an emergency evacuation of the FLETC, staff and students will receive detailed instructions from FLETC management. You may also wish to monitor one of the following for this information, which will be updated as conditions change and updates are warranted:
- FLETC Operational Status Information number: 1.800.793.5382 (1.800.79FLETC)
- Student/Staff Information network (TV Channel 97, on-site at Glynco only)
- National Hurricane Center can be found at http://www.nhc.noaa.gov
- Georgia Emergency Management Agency updates on the Peach State Radio and the Georgia Public Radio network at FM channel 89.1
- Glynn County's Emergency Information Broadcast Channel is FM radio channel 104.9
- Other sites such as NOAA Weather Radio, the Weather Channel, local television and radio.
Active Shooter Incidents:
The Office of Security and Professional Responsibility (OSPR) has compiled Active Shooter Incident Response-related materials for FLETC, Participating Organization (PO), Contractor staff, and Student use. The complied material consists of information meant to prepare personnel in the event of an active shooter incident here at the FLETC and can be found on FLETC's intranet:
- Active Shooter Poster
- Active Shooter Handout #1
- Active Shooter Video - Coming Soon to FLETC.gov
- Active Shooter Emergency Preparedness Initiative (EPI) Training - http://www.dhs.gov/active-shooter-preparedness
Shelter in Place for a Hazardous Material Incident
In the event a shelter-in-place order is issued due to severe weather or natural and man-made hazards, the Early Warning System will sound the warning signal – a siren fast wail, followed by a pre-recorded verbal announcement notifying personnel to shelter-in-place. All personnel should share the notification with personnel in immediate vicinity. Seek shelter in areas such as internal hallways or rooms on lowest floor possible. Stay away from outer walls and windows. Personnel in modular buildings should move to hard facilities if safe to do so. Do not exit or vacate the premises unless advised to do so or as safety conditions of the infrastructure dictate. Follow instructions from incident or emergency response personnel until the “ALL CLEAR” is given. Accountability of personnel should be conducted in accordance with Occupant Emergency Plan guidance.
- Shelter in Place for a Hazardous Material Incident Audio File
- Shelter in Place for a Hazardous Material Incident PDF
Evacuation of FLETC Ordered
If evacuation of a FLETC TDP is required, information will be provided specific to students, employees, contractors and visitors through your primary FLETC points of communication. Course Coordinators, Supervisors and internal staff email, Contract supervisors and Security personnel will all receive information for follow-on actions as appropriate.
All Clear notifications will be provided, when appropriate or necessary, through email, the Emergency Notification System, Early Warning System, or other notification system available.
These products provide informative but general, non-law enforcement/security specific response guidance/measures for FLETC and PO staffs for their office/organization-specific distribution and use to ensure the safety and security of FLETC students and visitors. Remember, despite our backgrounds and training, in this situation we are not the security force that will be engaging the active shooter in a law enforcement capacity. We are the personnel responding much as you see the office workers do in the video.
For security purposes, we do not provide links to the FLETC intranet. Please click here to contact the FLETC Webmaster if you have any questions.