Columbus AFB Emergency Management

Columbus AFB Emergency Management Official page of the Columbus Air Force Base Emergency Management Flight. We are here to prevent, prepare for, resond to, and recover from all hazard affecting Columbus Air Force Base.

Official page of the Columbus Air Force Base Emergency Management Flight. We are here to prevent, prepare for, resond to, and recover from all hazards affecting Columbus Air Force Base.

Mission: Save lives; minimize the loss or degredation of resources; Continue, Sustain, and Restore Team BLAZE to operational capability in an all-hazards physical threat environment.

Make sure you are aware of our local conditions & prepared for today's upcoming weather! Know where you & your family sh...
04/25/2019

Make sure you are aware of our local conditions & prepared for today's upcoming weather!

Know where you & your family should go if there was a tornado. Practicing #Preparedness before an emergency is the key to #BeReady! #CAFBEM

We hope everyone is tracking that we are expecting severe weather across Mississippi today, to include damaging winds, h...
04/18/2019

We hope everyone is tracking that we are expecting severe weather across Mississippi today, to include damaging winds, hail and possible tornadoes.

Use this time to make sure you have an emergency kit, review your emergency plan, and know how to receive alerts (we recommend downloading the 14 FTW App, the WTVA Weather App, the CodeRED Alert App, & the Red Cross Tornado App).

Don't forget to #BeReady!

#CAFBEM #Preparedness

Don't forget to stop by the Kaye Auditorium tomorrow, 17 April, at 1300 for our Tornado Town Hall. We will be providing ...
04/16/2019

Don't forget to stop by the Kaye Auditorium tomorrow, 17 April, at 1300 for our Tornado Town Hall. We will be providing information & resources to help you #BeReady!
#CAFBEM #Preparedness

This past weekend's events are a reminder of just how much tornadoes can impact our community. We want to encourage ever...
02/25/2019

This past weekend's events are a reminder of just how much tornadoes can impact our community. We want to encourage everyone effected and share some additional information. It's always a great idea to know the hazards in your area!

There are only three dates left and all are welcome to attend. Definitely go check out this free seminar. There will be ...
02/22/2019

There are only three dates left and all are welcome to attend. Definitely go check out this free seminar. There will be lots of great information for you and your family. This is also a great oppurtunity to ask questions you may have. #EmergencyPreparedness #StormReady #AFEM #CAFBEM

Here's a quick reference guide for what you and your family need to know.
02/08/2019

Here's a quick reference guide for what you and your family need to know.

Colder weather has finally made its way to Columbus Air Force Base, and even though we may not see any blizzards this wi...
01/30/2019

Colder weather has finally made its way to Columbus Air Force Base, and even though we may not see any blizzards this winter, it’s always important to be prepared for any and all situations.

Colder weather creates a plethora of problems every year for people around the country, and it’s not just the threat of heavy snow fall.

Freezing rain creates icy roads which creates a higher risk of car accidents every year. Make sure your vehicles are prepared and give yourself extra time when driving.

Even though they commonly occur, you should still be aware of the threat of Thunderstorms and Lightning. Here's a few su...
01/18/2019

Even though they commonly occur, you should still be aware of the threat of Thunderstorms and Lightning. Here's a few suggestions on how to stay prepared!
#EmergencyPreparedness #CAFBEM #BeReady

Its not too late to make Emergency Preparedness one of your New Years Resolutions! Just follow these three simple steps....
01/09/2019

Its not too late to make Emergency Preparedness one of your New Years Resolutions! Just follow these three simple steps. #CAFBEM #EmergencyPreparedness #BeReady

As the season concludes theres still lots of rain and possibility of flooding.Here are some quick tips for flood safety....
11/30/2018

As the season concludes theres still lots of rain and possibility of flooding.Here are some quick tips for flood safety. #EmergencyPreparedness #CAFBEM #BeReady #FloodSafety

Don't know what actions to take during severe weather? We've got you covered! Check out this 'need to know' information ...
11/08/2018

Don't know what actions to take during severe weather? We've got you covered! Check out this 'need to know' information for "Seek Shelter" notifications on Columbus AFB.
#CAFBEM #BeReady #SevereWeather

Another round of severe weather is expected for this this evening thru tomorrow. Potential hazards include rain, high wi...
11/05/2018

Another round of severe weather is expected for this this evening thru tomorrow. Potential hazards include rain, high winds, hail, and possible tornadoes. Take the time today to make sure you have a plan and have a way to receive emergency alerts.

"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." -Benjamin Franklin

#BeReady #CAFBEM #SevereWeather #EmergencyPreparedness

Old Update: Please take time to read:

The SPC continues to have much of the area under an ENHANCE (3 out of 5) risk of severe weather and a hatch area of 30% probability of significant severe weather within 25 miles of a point. The SPC may feel the need to update the risk to a MODERATE RISK (4 out of 5) in later updates.

A list of storm shelters can find here: https://www.wtva.com/content/news/List-of-storm-shelters-in-North-Mississippi-475072913.html

THREATS/TIMING: Right now all modes of severe weather are possible, including damaging winds up to 75mph, large hail, and isolated tornadoes, with some being strong. Best area to see any tornadoes appears to be east of I-55. As far for timing goes, we attach 3 graphics that show a general timeline of things. As an area as a whole, we looking at 6pm Monday to 6am Tuesday. You really need to have a weather radio or something to wake you up. DO NOT DEPEND ON SIRENS. SIRENS IS A WWII TECHNOLOGY AND MENT TO ALERT YOU IF YOU ARE OUTSIDE.

TIPS: Remember, you MUST have MULTIPLE ways to get weather alerts. Good many of you depend on only us and other social media pages. Social media is not the place to get weather information. You need layers of protection, not just one:

1) Weather Call or Code Red. They will call and/or text you when your exact location is under a warning.
2) NOAA Weather Radio with S.A.M.E. technology. Every home needs a NOAA Weather Radio, properly programmed, and with a good battery backup. You can find them at many local retail stores.
3) Cell phone apps that will alert you when a watch or warning is in effect
4) Local media

*Know where are you going. Your safe place is a small room (bathroom, closet, hallway) on the lowest floor, away from windows, and near the center of the home or building. If you live in a mobile home, you have to leave if you are in a tornado warning polygon. Know the location of a shelter that is available 24 hours, and be ready to get there quickly.

*In your safe place, have helmets (bicycle or batting helmets are great) for everyone in the family, NOT just the kids. Also, everyone needs a portable air horn (if you need help first responders can hear them), and hard sole shoes (if you have to walk over a tornado debris field to get help). Portable chargers for your cell phones are also important so you can stay in touch and watch severe weather coverage.

Be on the look out! There is potentially extreme weather headed this way. Make sure you're not caught on the wrong end.#...
10/31/2018

Be on the look out! There is potentially extreme weather headed this way. Make sure you're not caught on the wrong end.
#BeReady #EmergencyPreparedness #SevereStorms

Unfortunately, we have a spooky forecast for Halloween from the National Weather Service. There will be the possibility of strong to severe storms Wednesday afternoon through Wednesday Night. Right now, the main threats are damaging winds and the possibility of a tornado. The severe threat level for Wednesday is a one. (one means low threat, five is the highest threat) MEMA will keep you updated with any forecast changes.
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#MSWX #SevereWeather #SevereStorms #HalloweenNight
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US National Weather Service Jackson Mississippi

In case you missed it, this week is Fall Severe Weather Preparedness Week in Mississippi! Take this time to plan and pre...
10/23/2018

In case you missed it, this week is Fall Severe Weather Preparedness Week in Mississippi! Take this time to plan and prepare for you and your family's actions during a severe weather event. Feel free to contact the CAFB Emergency Management Flight or go to https://www.weather.gov/jan/swpwfall if you have any questions or need assistance.

#BeReady #CAFBEM #DisasterPreparedness #FallSevereWeatherPreparednessWeek

Gov. Phil Bryant has declared Oct. 22-26 as Fall Severe Weather Preparedness Week in Mississippi. The National Weather Service, Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), and other supporting organizations ask for your help in providing the public with information about severe weather safety. Advanced planning and increased awareness will help residents of Mississippi survive these deadly storms.
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For more info visit: https://www.weather.gov/jan/swpwfall
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#MEMA #FallSevereWeatherPreparednessWeek #Fall #SevereWeather #WeatherPreparedness #DisasterPreparedness #EmergencyAlerts #EmergencyPlan #NationalWeatherService #SevereThunderstorms #TornadoSafety #FlashFlooding #WinterWeather
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Mississippi Department of Transportation

CAFB Emergency Management Flight teaming up with local agencies and Golden Triangle Regional Airport for a major acciden...
10/22/2018

CAFB Emergency Management Flight teaming up with local agencies and Golden Triangle Regional Airport for a major accident response exercise to ensure we are prepared for any situation. This was a great event that highlighted our capabilities and team work! #BeReady #CAFBEM

Columbus Air Force Base joined Lowndes and Clay County Emergency Management agencies and first responders for a table top exercise at the Golden Triangle Regional Airport yesterday. GTRA Executive Director Mike Hainsey walked through a scripted scenario and discussed how each agency would respond. The Major Accident Response Exercise (MARE) is an annual training requirement that prepares for possible real-world events.

This is a great opportunity so go check it out. All are welcome!#ShakeOut #EarthquakeDrill #BeReady
10/17/2018

This is a great opportunity so go check it out. All are welcome!
#ShakeOut #EarthquakeDrill #BeReady

Join us TOMORROW at 10:18 a.m. for the worlds largest earthquake drill!! The great Shake Out is Thursday October 18 and Millions of people in schools, organizations, businesses and homes participate annually! Go to www.shakeout.org to register and for helpful info on how to prepare in the event of an earthquake!
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#ShakeOut #EarthquakeDrill #WorldsLargestEarthquakeDrill #ShakeOutDontFreakOut

09/11/2018

Good times at the 9/11 National Day of Service Disaster Prep Rally at Joe Cook Elementary School here in Columbus. The Columbus EM Team got to give out a lot of helpful information to the students, and had some fun while doing it. #BeReady #ColumbusAFB

Now that it is Preparedness Month, stop by the Columbus AFB BX from 11-1 every Thursday this month and check out our fli...
09/06/2018

Now that it is Preparedness Month, stop by the Columbus AFB BX from 11-1 every Thursday this month and check out our flight's booth. We will be giving out lots of good info and some free swag!

Millions of children go to school or childcare each weekday. What would you do if a disaster occurred during the workday...
08/17/2018

Millions of children go to school or childcare each weekday.

What would you do if a disaster occurred during the workday?

Make sure you get a copy of the school or daycare's emergency communication and family reunification
plans and help prepare you and your families before an emergency.

Did you know that Columbus AFB is a NOAA certified StormReady Community?  This program helps communities develop plans t...
08/14/2018

Did you know that Columbus AFB is a NOAA certified StormReady Community?

This program helps communities develop plans to handle all types of severe weather and encourages communities to take new, proactive approaches to improving hazardous weather operations by providing clear-cut guidelines.

No community is storm proof, but being StormReady can help communities save lives. #BeReady #MSPrepares #TeamBLAZE #CAFBEM

Mississippi Emergency Management Agency
08/01/2018

Mississippi Emergency Management Agency

August and September have historically been very active months in hurricane season for Mississippi – Make sure wherever you live you have an emergency plan in place for you and your family! An evacuation route, disaster preparedness kit, emergency alerts on your smartphone through the MEMA app and a communication plan (with your family, friends and neighbors) is key to making it through a hurricane event.
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An important part of your plan should be the evacuation route especially if you live in southern part of the state.
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Once developed, communicate your plans with your friends, neighbors and relatives so that you can share your safety report with them after a hurricane or disaster event!
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Access some useful information to help you prepare for the next hurricane here on our website: http://www.msema.org/be-prepared/hurricanes/
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Download our 2018 Hurricane Guide here: goo.gl/eW8xXL
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Mississippi Department of Transportation has published their 2018 updated guide to help you plan your evacuation route. Find it here: http://mdot.ms.gov/hurricanes/
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#MSPrepares #HurricanePreparedness #EmergencyPlan #DisasterPreparedness #EvacuationGuide #EvacuationPlan #DisasterPreparednessKit #CommunicationPlan #EvacuationRoute #August #Septemeber #HurricaneSeason #FriendsFamilyNeighbors #EmergencyAlerts #MEMAApp
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Floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States!Know types of flood risk in your area. Visit FEMA’s F...
07/16/2018

Floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States!

Know types of flood risk in your area. Visit FEMA’s Flood Map Service Center for information.

Sign up for your community’s warning system. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio also provide emergency alerts.

If flash flooding is a risk in your location, then monitor potential signs, such as heavy rain.

Learn and practice evacuation routes, shelter plans, and flash flood response.

Gather supplies in case you have to leave immediately, or if services are cut off. Keep in mind each person’s specific needs, including medication. Don’t forget the needs of pets. Obtain extra batteries and charging devices for phones and other critical equipment.

Purchase or renew a flood insurance policy. It typically takes up to 30 days for a policy to go into effect and can protect the life you've built. Homeowner’s policies do not cover flooding. Get flood coverage under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)

Keep important documents in a waterproof container. Create password-protected digital copies.

Protect your property. Move valuables to higher levels. Declutter drains and gutters. Install check valves. Consider a sump pump with a battery.

#BeReady #MSPrepares #TeamBLAZE

Air Education and Training Command
11/28/2017

Air Education and Training Command

Air Education and Training Command Airmen and their families have always been able to get information on the latest happenings at their location on their work computer, but now members and their families can receive immediate notifications through an improved AtHoc alert system and the new AtHoc mobile app available in the Apple App and Google Play Stores.

Come out and see us today at Old Navy in Columbus! We've got Coloring Books, Reflectors, Stickers, Disaster Information ...
09/30/2017

Come out and see us today at Old Navy in Columbus! We've got Coloring Books, Reflectors, Stickers, Disaster Information Sheets, and Be Ready Guides! We are also up here with Minnie Mouse and a few other fun characters! We will be here until 1700 today. #NationalPreparednessMonth #EmergencyManagement #KidsSafetyDay #BeReady

With the impacts of Hurricane Harvey, and now Hurricane Irma on the way, it is more important than ever to be prepared a...
09/06/2017
Military Times

With the impacts of Hurricane Harvey, and now Hurricane Irma on the way, it is more important than ever to be prepared and have a plan. This article provides great ways to stay safe.

Don't delay - there are steps you can take now to keep your family, and your finances, safe.

The annual #CAFB End of Summer Bash is this Friday, August 4th from 1200-1700 at the Freedom Park Softball Fields.~ This...
08/02/2017

The annual #CAFB End of Summer Bash is this Friday, August 4th from 1200-1700 at the Freedom Park Softball Fields.

~ This is an approved alternate duty location, so come out and enjoy free snacks and live music!

~ We will have our Mobile Emergency Operations Center set up at the event. Be sure to stop by and grab some free #BeReady gear from your local Emergency Mangement Flight!

It is starting to heat up outside, and as summer gets into full swing it is important to know how to stay cool. Exposure...
07/10/2017

It is starting to heat up outside, and as summer gets into full swing it is important to know how to stay cool. Exposure to excessive heat can have many different effects. Keep these in mind during the summer to ensure that you can react quickly and appropriately in the event of an emergency.

Here are some tips and tricks to #beattheheat

-Stay hydrated, avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol

-Wear loose-fitting, lightweight clothing

-Avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day

-Never leave pets or children in your vehicle unattended

#staycool #CAFBEM

As you all know, #July4th weekend is coming up, and Columbus EM wants to remind you to stay safe while having fun. Remeb...
06/29/2017

As you all know, #July4th weekend is coming up, and Columbus EM wants to remind you to stay safe while having fun.

Remeber that with the holiday weekend comes more people on the roads and highways, so plan accordingly and stay alert.

Never leave a grill unattended, and always be sure to keep pets away from the grill.

Be safe with #Fireworks and never point them at anyone!

Fireworks can get out of hand quickly. If you need to reach the fire deparment, and you are on base, remember when you dial 911 to let the operator know that you are in fact on Columbus AFB, so that they can make the response as quick as possible.

Have a fun and safe #IndependenceDay everyone! 🇺🇸️

#USA #Merica #CAFBEM️

Tropical Strom #Cindy has lost significant strength after making landfall, becoming a Tropical Depression. The primary t...
06/23/2017

Tropical Strom #Cindy has lost significant strength after making landfall, becoming a Tropical Depression. The primary threat for next 48 hours will be isolated (non-hail, wind threat only) thunderstorms and spin-up tornadoes. Stay safe, and have a great weekend everybody!
#CAFB

***UPDATE: THE WATCH HAS BEEN CANCELED EARLY FOR OKTIBBEHA, LOWNDES, WINSTON, AND NOXUBEE COUNTIES***

Impacts from Tropical Storm #Cindy continue to be felt along the Gulf Coast as the storm moves closer to land. A disaste...
06/21/2017

Impacts from Tropical Storm #Cindy continue to be felt along the Gulf Coast as the storm moves closer to land. A disaster supplies kit is simply a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency. You may need to survive on your own after an emergency. This means having your own food, water and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least 72 hours. Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster but they cannot reach everyone immediately. You could get help in hours or it might take days. Additionally, basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment and telephones may be cut off for days or even a week, or longer. Your supplies kit should contain items to help you manage during these outages. You can check out our Disaster Supply List for suggestions on what to have stocked, you can #beready.
#CAFBEM

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Columbus, MS
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