Automated Trigger Reports: UTMB works with a contract meteorological service to provide automated Trigger Reports for hurricanes. Each Trigger Level (1-10) is based on these pre-determined meteorological conditions:
- The time to the worst-case scenario for the arrival of gale force winds
- The Probability of Impact for a 58mph wind field
UTMB departments should develop a set of planned actions to take for each trigger. In general:
Trigger One – A storm is in the Gulf and it is not impossible that it will hit UTMB. Review plans and staffing.
Trigger Two – Consider activating/convening UTMB's Institutional Command Team (based on the totality of the information available). Contact response
partners (including planned evacuation receiving hospitals).
Trigger Three – The Worst-case scenario arrival of Gale Force Winds is only 96 hours away. Arrival of Gale Force winds is a key
determinant for response plans.
Trigger Four – Consider the possibility for shelter, partial or full evacuation. Based on the totality of the info available, consider developing
Trigger Five – Worst case scenario for the arrival of Gale Force Winds is 48 hours away.
Trigger Six – The probability of impact from the storm is higher.
Trigger Seven – The Forecast Time of Arrival for Gale Force Winds is 36 hours away. The probability of impact at UTMB is higher.
Trigger Eight – The Probability of Impact is much higher (based on historical storms that actually made landfall on the Gulf coast).
Trigger Nine – Gale Force Winds are 24 hours away and the probability of impact is high. (If we have information that the
Tidal Surge will arrive prior to the arrival of Gale Force Winds, the arrival of flooding waters will take precedence).
Trigger Ten – Winds have fallen below Gale Force. Consider all safety factors in deploying damage assessment teams and allowing controlled movement outside the buildings.