Driving Safety Tips and Other Safety Info
Driving in extreme weather conditions can be very hazardous and caution must be taken. Maintain a safe speed and distance from the vehicle in front of you. One rule of thumb is that under ideal conditions, you should maintain at least one car length of spacing for every 10 mph increment (i.e. if you are travelling 40 mph, you should maintain at least 4 car lengths). If road conditions are poor, you should maintain 3-4 car lengths for every 10 mph increment. Bridges and overpasses often ice over even when roads are not slick and black ice can be invisible to drivers. When poor driving conditions are suspected call the Arkansas Road Condition Hotline (501-569-2374 or 1-800-245- 1672) or go online to (www.idrivearkansas.com) to receive up to the minute updates on area road conditions. Snow chains are a useful tool, but be advised that they are not allowed on LRAFB roads.
When off-base, report all emergencies via 911, including all vehicle accidents, medical emergencies, off-road entrapments or other weather-related incidents. For on-base reporting call the following: fire or medical emergencies 911; power outages 987-6553; vehicle accidents 987-3221; building damage 987- 6554. Facility Managers and supervisors should consult the Snow and Ice Control Plan (LRAFB 032-12) prior to and during severe winter weather. Routine service calls should not be made until daily operations are resumed. Look here for tips on how to avoid building damage during winter weather.
Team Little Rock Airmen reside across a wide geographic area and in some cases, conditions near their residence/travel route may be significantly different than those on base. If LRAFB is on normal or delayed reporting and you assess that conditions in your area are unsafe for travel, do not force yourself into an unsafe situation. Notify your chain of command immediately.
Need-to-know for severe weather season
Airmen and their families should take into consideration base procedures and notifications during severe weather conditions at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas.
The location and severity of the weather dictates what the 19th Operations Support Squadron weather shop communicates to the 19th Airlift Wing Command Post and ultimately, when notifications are sent to the base population.
A rare but important notification for Airmen and families to be aware of is the base siren. Command post will sound the siren when a tornado is within a five-mile radius of the center of the airfield. This siren is activated by different criteria than the Jacksonville, Arkansas, tornado siren, which will sound when a tornado touches down in any part of Pulaski County.
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Early Release Map
To reduce traffic and permit additional travel time for members with long commutes, supervisors will release non-mission critical members IAW the following (see Figure l, Base Departure Plan):
a. Personnel living outside of the blue outer ring - released immediately after early release order is issued.
b. Personnel living outside of the green inner ring - released 30 minutes after the order is issued.
c. Personnel living inside the green ring - released one hour after the order is issued.