Severe Weather Policy



Elbert County Parks and Recreation has adopted the following policy to define the steps to be followed in the event of severe weather that could pose a threat to participants, members of the public and staff during recreational activities.

Field Supervisors are identified as "Weather Monitors" for each event or game and will follow the procedures listed below when an alarm is received on the Lightning/Storm Detection Equipment.  Field Supervisors are trained in the use of the Skyscan Lightning/Storm Detection Equipment.

The following actions will occur when the detector indicates storm distance by sounding an audible alarm, as well as lighting up the storm indicator lights:

*20 - 40 Miles -  Field Supervisor will closely monitor storm detection equipment and monitor current weather conditions.

*8 - 20 Miles -  Field Supervisor will put game officials on alert that a storm is approaching the area and will continue to monitor the storm detection equipment and monitor current weather conditions.

*3 - 8 Miles (or less) - Field Supervisor will notify game officials to CEASE ALL ACTIVITIES IMMEDIATELY FOR A 20 MINUTE DELAY.  Field Supervisor will advise all participants, spectators and staff to seek cover immediately away from the field in a nearby building or in their vehicle and wait for the ALL CLEAR or for the event or game to be called off.

*Field Supervisor will continue to monitor the storm detection equipment, advising game officials of the ALL Clear when the detection equipment no longer indicates a storm within 3 - 8 miles.

*Normal play may resume if fields are not hazardous or too wet to play on. Field Supervisor will continue to monitor the detection equipment.

Adopted August 1, 2008

The policy can be downloaded by clicking in the link below:


Severe Weather Policy.pdf