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Emergency Conditions

- An earthquake is a sudden, rapid shaking of the Earth's crust caused by the breaking and shifting of rock beneath the Earth's surface.  Shaking as a result of an earthquake can cause buildings and bridges to collapse; disrupt gas, electric, and phone service; and sometimes trigger landslides, avalanches, flashfloods, fires, and huge, destructive oceanwaves (tsunamis).

- Due to the history of large scale, multi-jurisdictional wildland fires impacting Navy installations, these types of fires have become a significant hazard that require prior significant planning and coordination onboard Navy installations within probable hazard areas.

- Floods are one of the most common and widespread of all natural disasters. "Turn Around don't Drown!"

- A hurricane is a tropical storm with winds that have reached a constant speed of 74 miles per hour or more.  Hurricanes also produce other destructive weather including tornadoes, which add to the hurricane's destructive power

- Debris flows, sometimes referred to as mudslides, mudflow, lahars, or debris avalanches, are common types of fast-moving landslides.  These flows generally occur during periods of intense rainfall or rapid snow melt.

- Terrorism includes physical acts such as hijackings, assassinations, and assaults using small arms.  However, the predominate means for causing large-scale terrorist terrorist incidents resulting in significant Consequence Management (COM) requirements is through the employment of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive (CBRNE)agents and materials.

- A tornado is a violent windstorm characterized by a twisting, funnel-shaped cloud.  It is spawned by a thunderstorm (or sometimes as a result of a hurricane) and produced when cool air overrides a layer of warm air, forcing the warm air to rise rapidly.


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(Last Updated: 9/4/14)

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