The purpose of the Weather Alert is to provide a means of communicating a potential weather related emergency situation at the Squadron to all members. The alert is triggered by an authorized person submitting a Weather Alert “post” on the Squadron Web Site, which automatically sends the same post via e-mail to all members who are subscribed to the Weather Alerts Posting Category. All members are automatically subscribed to this category, unless they specifically sign on to the web site and unsubscribe using the “Subscribe via E-mail” capability. The e-mail will therefore go to all active members of the squadron, unless they have specifically elected not to have these notices sent to them. The content and timing of the Posting will vary, depending on the weather situation. A future capability is to provide this same Alert capability via Text message, for those members who agree to allow use of Text messages from the Club.
Weather Emergency Decision Process
A committee consisting of the Fleet Captain, Commodore and Club Manager determines whether an emergency notification to members is needed. This will typically be 72 hours prior to expected landfall. An Alert Communication is created to notify Club members using the Alert process. A sample is shown below, and is posted in the web site as a “Test Weather Alert”. An Alert will typically include instructions on how to prepare boats to best survive the expected weather, as well as the uncertainty of weather forecasts and the potential of further alerts as conditions change. All 3 officers mentioned above are authorized in the system for this type of posting (and instructions for posting can be found in the Help Tab of the Website).