ARES/RACES HURRICANE MATTHEW DEPLOYMENT & STATUS UPDATE

Good evening,

We would like to provide an update as to the Hillsborough County ARES/RACES status regarding Hurricane Matthew. Thank you for those that have contacted us volunteering to deploy to our neighboring counties, we sincerely appreciate it. As an organization we are currently in a wait and see stance with no current deployment requests. At this time we ask that you be on stand-by for a potential EOC activation in the coming days.

Detail:

There are three points we would like to address, deployment, Hillsborough County Emergency Management’s current posture regarding EOC activation and local storm impact (along with links to where you can find the current forecast for our area).

DEPLOYMENT STATUS:

We are currently not requesting any Hillsborough County ARES/RACES team members to deploy to any neighboring counties. This is a request from the WCF ARES section. We may need volunteers here at home.

ACTIVATION STATUS:

Hillsborough County Emergency Management’s current posture regarding activation is ‘wait and see’. There’s not a large wind threat currently forecasted for us but there may be a large influx of our neighbors from the east fleeing Hurricane Matthew. Opening shelters cannot be ruled out at this point.

At this time we ask that you be on stand-by for a potential EOC activation in the coming days.

IMPACT:

From the NWS in Ruskin:
509 PM EDT Wed Oct 5 2016

… Tropical storm watch in effect…

A tropical storm watch means tropical storm wind conditions are
possible somewhere within this area and within the next 48 hours

* locations affected
– Tampa
– Apollo Beach
– westchase

* wind
– latest local forecast: below tropical storm force wind
– peak wind forecast: 15-25 mph with gusts to 35 mph

– current threat to life and property: elevated
– the wind threat has remained nearly steady from the
previous assessment.
– Remain braced against the reasonable threat for tropical
storm force wind of 39 to 57 mph.
– To be safe, efforts should fully focus on avoiding injury.
Properties remain subject to limited wind impacts.
– Now is the time to hide from the wind. Failure to
adequately shelter may result in serious injury. Remain
sheltered until the hazardous wind subsides.

– Potential impacts: unfolding
– potential impacts from the main wind event are unfolding.
– The extent of realized impacts will depend on the actual
strength, duration, and exposure of the wind as experienced
at particular locations.

* Flooding rain
– latest local forecast:
– peak rainfall amounts: additional around 1 inch

– current threat to life and property: none
– the flooding rain threat has remained nearly steady from
the previous assessment.
– Emergency considerations need not include a threat for
rainfall flooding. Locally heavy rain and nuisance flooding
may still occur.
– Little to no preparations needed to guard against excessive
tropical rainfall.
– Ensure readiness for the next tropical rainfall event.

– Potential impacts: little to none
– little to no potential impacts from flooding rain.

* Tornado
– latest local forecast:
– situation is unfavorable for tornadoes

– current threat to life and property: none
– the tornado threat has remained nearly steady from the
previous assessment.
– Emergency considerations need not include a threat for
tornadoes. Showers and thunderstorms with strong gusty
winds may still occur.
– Little to no preparations needed to guard against tropical
tornadoes.
– Ensure readiness for the next tropical tornado event.

– Potential impacts: little to none
– little to no potential impacts from tornadoes.

* For more information:
– http://www.Weather.Gov/tbw

We appreciate your patience on stand by, we will provide more information as it becomes available.

If you would like more information or have questions feel free to contact:

Jon at 813.417.2357
KJ4NYD@gmail.com

or

Matt at 813.334.3496
K4MJG.RACES@gmail.com

***DO NOT SELF DEPLOY AT THIS TIME ***

Thanks in advance!

73s,

Matt Gibson
K4MJG – Hillsborough County ARES/RACES Liaison Officer

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