FORT BRAGG, NC – The Fort Bragg Emergency Operations Center was activated at 8 a.m. May 10 as part of a planned tabletop exercise in preparation for the upcoming hurricane season.
These drills are designed to test emergency operating procedures and involve organizations throughout the facility.
“It’s important that we regularly conduct drills like these so that we can identify gaps in our procedures before a crisis occurs,” said Shane Woodmancy, director’s specialist in plans, training, mobilization and management of security emergencies. “It also allows the different organizations and partners in the facility to come together and work through the process so that we can validate our abilities to communicate and act.”
The May 10 exercise focused on the upcoming hurricane season in a proactive approach to hurricane preparedness.
This year, Colorado State University Tropical Weather and Climate Research predicted an above-normal season with 19 named storms and nine hurricanes, four of which will become major hurricanes. Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30.
The Fort Bragg Emergency Management Team uses average hurricane numbers from major forecast centers that focus on Atlantic storms. The EM team then reviews the worst-case scenario for planning and preparation purposes to ensure the highest level of safety and security for the facility.
“It’s important that not only does the installation prepare for the upcoming hurricane season, but also our soldiers, their families, our veterans, and Department of Defense civilians,” said Melanie Campbell-Orellana, hurricane specialist. security at Fort Bragg. “It’s critical that everyone be proactive in preparing for a hurricane early in the season and not just wait until a hurricane is forecast, when supplies may become tight.”
Ready.gov recommends that a basic disaster kit include one gallon of water per person per day for drinking and sanitation, a multi-day supply of non-perishable food, a battery-powered weather radio, a flashlight, first aid kit, extra batteries, whistle, dust mask, plastic sheets and tape, wet wipes, garbage bags, plastic ties, wrench, pliers , a manual can opener, local maps and a cell phone with chargers and backup battery.
Basic disaster supply kits should be accessible and easy to carry in the event of an evacuation.
Other recommended items include masks, prescription medications, non-prescription medications, infant formula, bottles, diapers, wipes, pet food, water for your pets, money, important family documents, matches, feminine hygiene supplies and clothing.
Another item that many in the area choose to have is a portable generator.
“Generators are ideal in the event of a power outage,” Campbell-Orellana said. “However, people should always remember never to use a generator indoors or outdoors near doors, windows or vents due to the danger of carbon monoxide poisoning.”
In addition to the supply kit, families should develop an action plan and know the location of the nearest shelter in case their home is damaged or becomes unsafe. Shelters are only set up when needed, and families can use the Disasterassistance.gov website to locate the nearest shelter.
In accordance with Department of the Army guidelines, Fort Bragg is not establishing shelters. Instead, “safe havens” are designated to expedite services and support for service members and their families residing on the installation.
“These areas are designed to provide safe places during the most difficult part of the event,” Woodmancy said. “Once the storm passes, the situation of each family and individual can be assessed. The counties surrounding Fort Bragg have established shelters that support our community.
Soldiers and families on the installation who have never experienced a hurricane should proactively educate themselves about hurricane preparedness.
“Not being prepared or having a plan is the most dangerous thing a person and their family can do,” Woodmancy said. “Being properly prepared helps not only your own family, but also facility preparedness by freeing up valuable resources during these emergency weather events.”
For more information on weather preparedness and keeping your family prepared go to https://home.army.mil/bragg/index.php/about/ready-bragg.
Ready.gov Disaster and Emergency Plans and Kits: https://www.ready.gov/kit
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Hurricane Preparedness: https://www.noaa.gov/hurricane-prep
|Date posted:||31.05.2022 10:03|
|Location:||FORT BRAGG, North Carolina, USA|
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