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Since 1944, September has been the peak month for hurricane season and it’s an essential time to be prepared.

There are many factors that need to be considered to ensure thorough hurricane preparation, such as preparing a kit, an evacuation route, etc., but an important step is knowing what each hurricane condition means.

The destructive winds are possible within 96 hours. The Crisis Action Team will implement a tropical storm advisory and direct commanders and/or first sergeants to review TSA checklists and take appropriate action.

The destructive winds are possible within 72 hours. Airmen and families are advised to monitor local weather channels and follow instructions from unit commanders. Residents of off-base and base housing must:

  • Inform family members of their responsibilities and review what to do if sheltering is necessary.
  • Check that their food can be eaten without cooking.
  • Check that hurricane kits are stocked.
  • Tie down mobile homes and disconnect propane tanks.
  • Bring outside items and anchor items that cannot be brought inside.
  • Fill up their car gas tanks.
  • Review evacuation plans.
  • Secure boats and/or RVs or move to a designated safe location. Use ropes or tie-down straps to secure boats to trailers. Use tie downs to anchor boat trailers and/or RVs to the ground or structures.
  • Keep a record of your personal property. Take photos or videos of the exterior and interior of your home, including your belongings. Keep the documents in a safe place. If you are asked to evacuate, take the documents with you.

The destructive winds are possible within 48 hours. It is recommended that residents of the dormitory:

  • Store personal items in lockers and drawers.
  • Move the furniture to the walls opposite the windows and stack the furniture and rugs.
  • Unplug electrical appliances, turn off lights and close all doors.
  • Secure gear, motorcycles, bins, signs, etc.
  • Stand by for unit commander briefings.
  • Plan to wedge doors securely and stay away from windows.
  • Have flashlights handy.
  • Keep in touch with their service section or squadron.
  • Minimize phone calls to base.
  • Pay attention to notifications and advisories issued by base officials, as well as radio, television, base social media, and the base website for information and evacuation instructions or of shelter.

The destructive winds are anticipated Within 24 hours. Make the final preparations:

  • Fill jugs, bottles, etc., with drinking water if you are under cover. Put your important personal papers or valuables in waterproof safes.

The destructive winds are anticipated within 12 hours. Mission-essential personnel and students (if not evacuated) will report to their designated shelters.

HURCON 1C – Caution
Winds of 40-57 mph/35-49 knots sustained are occurring. If sheltered:

  • Take refuge in a small interior room, a closet or a hallway in your residence. If you are in a multi-story building, go up to the first or second floor and stay in interior rooms away from windows.
  • Stay indoors and away from windows, skylights and glass doors.
  • Keep curtains and blinds closed.
  • Do not exit when the eye passes overhead. Winds and rain will resume soon.

HURCON 1E – Emergency
Sustained winds of 58 mph/50 knots and/or gusts of 69 mph/60 knots or greater are occurring.

HURCON 1R – Recovery
The destructive winds have calmed down and should no longer occur; survey and work crews are authorized to determine the extent of damage and establish safety zones around hazards (eg downed power lines, unstable structures). Non-essential staff are asked to stay indoors.

  • If you are in a safe place, stay there until local authorities tell you it is safe to leave.
  • If you are evacuated, do not return until authorities say you are safe.
  • Tune in to local radio and television stations to find out how to take care of your home, where to find medical help, and how to call for help.
  • Do not drink or prepare food with tap water until you know it is safe.
  • Talk to your children about what happened and what they can do to help you.
  • Stay away from downed power lines and report them to the power company.
  • Enter your home with caution. Watch out for insects and animals driven uphill by floodwaters.
  • Open windows and doors to ventilate and dry your home.
  • Only drive when necessary and avoid flooded roads and washed out bridges.
  • Report property damage immediately to your insurance agent.

Commanders may order a facility to remain in HURCON/Tropical Cyclone 5 readiness conditions for an entire tropical cyclone or hurricane season if desired.

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