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Monsoon and Lighting Safety Brief.

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  • 1. Monsoon, Lighting, and Yellow Dust Hazards , USAG Red Cloud and Area I

2. Monsoon Season The awesome power of flash floods can move boulders, uproot trees, destroy buildings and bridges and trigger catastrophic mud slides . You will not always have a warning that these deadly sudden floods are coming . 3. Seasonal Weather Mid-June to late-July: Changma 6 -7 : Heaviest rain, flooding , July to mid-September: Monsoon rains and typhoons 7 9 : Heavy rain, winds, flooding , , Biggest threat to mission and resources Hardest weather to forecast 4. Changma Position - 15 June 6 15 5. Changma Position - 15 July 7 15 6. Changma Position - 15 August 8 15 7. RAINFALL 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC 8. Flood Safety The heaviest rainfall may not occur during the official monsoon season. . Existing weather may be different than the forecast. . Flooding may occur in areas of light rainfall . 9. Preventive Measures for Leaders Train all personnel on safety precautions to take prior to and during heavy rain and flood conditions. . Continuously monitor weather conditions . . Follow Road Condition advisories. . Be prepared to take immediate action to protect personnel and property. . Loss of one life and $12 million of equipmentLoss of one life and $12 million of equipment 12 Firing Point 180Firing Point 180 10. Preventive Measures for Everyone Restrict vehicle travel. . Avoid flooded areas or areas subject to flooding. . Do not attempt to cross flowing streams or drive through flooded roadways. . Do not camp or park vehicles along streams and washes. . If advised, evacuate immediately. Dont wait even if it has stopped raining. It may still be raining upstream from your location , . . . 11. Are You Ready for a Thunderstorm? ? Summer 06 a lightning strike tragically killed a U.S. Soldier in Korea; so prepare yourself . 2006 . If Caught Outside... If you are in the woods, take shelter under the shorter trees. Do Not seek shelter under tall isolated trees, the tree may help you stay dry but will significantly increase your risk of being stuck by lightning. . . , . Do Not seek shelter under partially enclosed buildings. . Wet ropes can make excellent conductors, especially if wet, electrical current will likely travel along the rope. . , . Stay away from metal objects, such as fences, poles and backpacks. Metal is an excellent conductor. , , . . Protect Yourself Outside... ... Go to a low-lying, open place away from trees, poles, or metal objects. , . Make sure the place you pick is not subject to flooding. . ` LIGHTNING Safety Shot 12. Be a Very Small Target! ! Squat low to the ground. Place your hands on your knees with your head between them. Make yourself the smallest target possible. . . . Do not lie flat on the ground -- this will make you a larger target! . . If in a group and there is no safe location nearby, stay a little apart from other members of your group so the lightning wont travel between you if hit. , . . If Someone is Struck by Lightning... People struck by lightning carry no electrical charge and can be handled safely. . Call for help. Get someone to dial 9-1-1 or your local Emergency Medical Services (EMS) number. . 9-1-1 (EMS) . The injured person has received an electrical shock and may be burned, both where they were struck and where the electricity left their body. Check for burns in both places. . . Give first aid. If breathing has stopped, begin rescue breathing. If the heart has stopped beating, a trained person should give CPR. . . , (CPR) . Reference: National Weather Service Lightning Safety : ` LIGHTNING Safety Shot 13. How Far Away Is Lightning From Me? ? To estimate the distance between you and a lightning flash, use the "Flash to Bang" method: If you observe lightning, count the number of seconds until you hear thunder. Divide the number of seconds by five to get the distance in miles. . , . 5 . Example: If you see lightning and it takes 10 seconds before you hear the thunder, then the lightning is 2 miles away from you (10 divided by 5 = 2 miles). : 10 , 2 . (10 / 5 = 2 ) If Thunder is heard The Lightning is 5 seconds after a Flash 1 mile away 10 seconds after a Flash 2 miles away 15 seconds after a Flash 3 miles away 20 seconds after a Flash 4 miles away 25 seconds after a Flash 5 miles away 30 seconds after a Flash 6 miles away 35 seconds after a Flash 7 miles away 40 seconds after a Flash 8 miles away Get to a safe location if the time between the lightning flash and the rumble of thunder is 30 seconds or less. 30 . LIGHTNING Safety Shot 14. 14 Yellow Sand USFK Command Policy Letter #36, Activities during Yellow Sand Alert #36, http://www.usfk.mil/USFK/command_policies/usfk%20CPL36.pdf 15. Yellow Sand Yellow Sand: small particles that can be inhaled which originate from the dry, desert regions of China and Mongolia. : . Can obscure visibility and cause major health problems particularly to the respiratory and cardiovascular tracks. . Most severe months: March and April. : 3 4 16. 1616 Yellow Sand Monitor System http://www.korea.amedd.army.mil/webapp/yellowSand/ http://web.kma.go.kr/eng/weather/asiandust/intro.jsp 17. Countermeasures RestrictRestrict outdoor activitiesoutdoor activities, particularly, for, particularly, for :: . : - Young person- Young person - Elderly- Elderly - Individuals with heart or lung disease and diabetes- Individuals with heart or lung disease and diabetes , , WashWash fruitsfruits andand vegetablesvegetables if exposed toif exposed to Yellow DustYellow Dust . Brush yourBrush your teeth, wash your face and hands upon re-entryupon re-entry to the home or workto the home or work andand prior to eatingprior to eating 18. Remove contactRemove contact lenseslenses and wearand wear glasses.glasses. . Drink plenty ofDrink plenty of waterwater to flush the system.to flush the system. . UseUse air filters.air filters. . Integrate Yellow Sand conditions into training and Composite Risk Management . . Countermeasures 19. Implement the Process Look at DTLOMS elements DTLOMS . DDoctrine TTraining LLeadership OOrganization MMaterial SSoldier Control measures must reduce SeveritySeverity and/or ProbabilityProbability 20. Questions and Comments Area I Safety Office 732-8528