Marines

How to prepare for hurricane season

13 May 2011 | Lance Cpl. Victor Barrera

With hurricane season just around the corner and destructive weather damages seeming to increase as the years go by, it is imperative that service members aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune are informed on what they should do in case a hurricane warning is issued in the area.

Hurricane season starts June 1 and ends Nov. 30. During this time it is highly recommended that all families have a plan of action and are prepared for whatever a hurricane may bring.

“Personal preparedness is the greatest thing any Marine and family can do in the event of a hurricane,” said Timothy Harvey, the regional emergency manager for MCB Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Installations East.

Sites like the National Hurricane Center’s website, nhc.noaa.gov, states that everyone should have food, water – at least one gallon per person for each day – blankets, toiletries, flashlights, a radio and important legal documents.
If families plan to go to shelters, it is recommended that they bring a list of the medication they are using as well.

Harvey recommended that everyone should have a NOAA radio, which broadcasts alerts for national emergencies to include tornadoes, thunderstorms, flash floods, mud slides and hurricanes.

Marines residing in the barracks are restricted to their barracks. which can act at shelters and ensure their safety and accountability.

If conditions get worse and officials believe that homes won’t offer enough protection, MCB Camp Lejeune has four emergency shelters: Camp Lejeune High School, Tarawa Terrace II Elementary School, Brewster Middle School and Building 1212.

“We will alert the families that we have opened the shelters through social media like Facebook, Twitter, and also through television,” said Harvey.

Each shelter is equipped with food, a corpsman, chaplain and other necessities.

Harvey also said that families can do online training at www.readync.org. The site also has a checklist which families can use to ensure that they have important materials and a natural disaster plan.

For more information visit readync.org.