IATSE Local 477 Clarification of Hurricane Policy
The following rules are in effect for impending hurricanes or lightning strikes:
I.A.T.S.E 477 Hurricane Policy
1) Hurricane Watch- A watch is issued when hurricane conditions can be expected within 36 hours. This is the time for production to begin securing sets and property (especially boats), and to begin the evacuation of barrier islands. Local 477 members can be requested to assist in such preparation. Production should begin considering cessation of filming and release of employees, particularly “nearby” hires.
2) Hurricane Warning- A warning is issued when sustained wind of 74 miles per hour are expected within 24 hours. Production should have completed hurricane preparation by this time and will begin evacuation. Production shall cease upon the announcement of a hurricane warning in the respective area, and Local 477 members shall be released during Hurricane Warning periods.
I.A.T.S.E 477 Lightning Policy
1) National Lightning Safety Institute (NLSI) recommends the suspension of outdoor activities if lightning is within a six mile range, and recommends remaining in shelter thirty minutes after lightning activity has passed. Lightning range can be detected via commercially available detectors, or calculated by the five second rule, i.e.; sound travels one mile in five seconds. If the difference between lightning strike and thunder associated with is 15 seconds, the strike is approximately 3 miles away. NLSI states that if you can see lightning and hear the thunder associated with the activity, lightning is within a six to eight mile range. Indeed, lightning strike can range six to eight miles.
2) IATSE 477’s policy towards lightning activity:
a) If lightning is seen and thunder heard, all human occupied lifts shall be lowered to the ground and unmanned. Unmanned lifts must be secured and all personnel will be required to remain at a safe distance.
b) If lightning is seen and thunder heard, production shall direct all but essential staff to shelter.
c) If lightning activity is within a six mile range, all outdoor production activity shall cease, and employees shall be sheltered until thirty minutes after the last lightning activity.
Page Last Updated: Jan 19, 2009 (13:12:32)