HOT Weather Policy

Below is the text of an Operating Instruction distributed to all encampment staff. A "Stage" or a "Flag" is issued to indicate the weather and heat conditions outdoors. Activities are adjusted and personnel are required to dress in accordance with this Operating Instruction.

Heat Index Condition Guidelines

The chart below will assist in managing the heat stress problems experienced this week at the Encampment. These are directive values that should offer adequate protection for all CAP personnel.

 

Upon communication from the Encampment Commander or designee the WBGT Level/Flag Conditions will be determined and communicated to all encampment personnel. Please note that these conditions are subject to change hourly.

 

Keep aware of the environmental conditions you and your personnel are working under to ensure that problems like heat fatigue, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and life threatening heat stroke can be avoided. Additional information regarding heat stress can be obtained by contacting the safety and health services officers.

 

Current weather conditions for our encampment will be posted in the HQs building on a daily basis.

 

Rest conditions - The purpose of resting is to dissipate heat. Rest can include performing administrative or other light work in cool areas (or driving in air conditioned vehicles). Rest should take place in shaded areas with temperatures less than 85 degrees Fahrenheit. (The cooler, the better.) Gloves, respirators, coveralls, and other personal protective equipment that could reduce heat exchange with the ambient environment should be removed if safe to do so. If you have unusual conditions that need to be assessed individually, contact your appropriate chain of command.

WBGT Level (Flag Stages)

No Flag - Stage 1

Drink 3/4 quart of cool water per hour. Use 100% work and 0% rest for outdoor work (example: 60 minutes work and 0 minutes rest). Heat cramps possible with continued exposure.

Green Flag - Stage 2

Drink 1 quart of cool water per hour. Use 75% work and 25% rest for outdoor work (example: 45 minutes work and 15 minutes rest). Heat cramps and heat exhaustion possible with continued exposure. Uniform will be reduced to removal of blouse (CLASS D).

Yellow Flag - Stage 3

Limit outdoor work to light and medium work. Drink 1-2 quarts of cool water per hour. Use a "buddy system" and have teams monitor each other's condition. Use 50% work and 50% rest (example: 30 minutes work and 30 minutes rest). Heat cramps likely. Heat stroke and heat exhaustion possible with continued exposure. Uniform will be reduced to removal of blouse and un-blousing of boots. (Modified CLASS D).

Red Flag - Stage 4

Limit outdoor work to light work. Drink 2 quarts of cool water per hour. Use a "buddy system" and have teams monitor each other's condition. Use 25% work and 75% rest (example: 15 minutes work with 45 minutes rest). Heat stroke possible with continued exposure. Uniform will be reduced to P.T. Gear, or appropriate light clothing. (CLASS E).

Black Flag - Stage 5

Outdoor work should be limited to critical missions only. Use 25% work and 75% rest (example: 15 minutes work with 45 minutes rest). Use a "buddy system" and have teams monitor each other's condition. Drink 2 quarts of cool water per hour. Heat stroke likely with continued exposure. Uniform will be reduced to P.T. Gear, or appropriate light clothing. Outside activity will be terminated. (Modified CLASS E).

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