NORFOLK, Va. – As a precautionary measure, Navy installations in Hampton Roads began preparations today as Hurricane Isaias has the potential to bring high winds and rain to the Mid-Atlantic coast as early as next week.
Additionally, Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic (CNRMA) ordered Tropical Cyclone Conditions of Readiness (TCCOR) Four (IV) for Hampton Roads late yesterday. This means sustained destructive winds of greater than 50 knots associated with a tropical system are possible within 72 hours.
“Our current priority is twofold – keep our personnel and their families’ safe, and protect our Navy ships, assets and infrastructures from the storm’s potential impact as it makes its way up the coast,” said Rear Adm. Charles W. “Chip” Rock, CNRMA. “Our goal is to not only be prepared and ready, but also get back to normal operations as soon as possible to meet our ongoing mission. This takes a great team effort across the Hampton Roads area, and beyond, to ensure our goals are attained in advance of the storm.”
Some Navy installation preparations include:
- Securing hazards and buildings throughout the installations
- Protecting essential equipment
- Moving small craft to safe havens
- Topping off fuel in generators and government vehicles
- Preparing sandbags
- Designating alternate parking for flood-prone areas
- Removing debris from drainage areas
- Removing/relocating large items from the waterfront to more secure locations, such as brows and dumpsters
All personnel and their families should review their Navy Family Accountability and Assessment System (NFAAS) account at https://navyfamily.navy.mil, and visit the Know Your Zone website for information on whether you should evacuate in an emergency or shelter at home based on street address and the nature of the emergency event.
All personnel and their families should also visit the Ready Navy website at https://ready.navy.mil and follow Twitter (@ReadyNavy). Ready Navy provides information, tools, including building hurricane preparedness kits, and resources that empower the Navy family to more aptly prepare for, react and recover when faced with any emergency. Please note: hurricane supply items, such as cleaning supplies and paper products, may be in short supply due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
CNRMA will continue to provide hurricane updates on Facebook (www.facebook.com/CNRMA.PAO) and Twitter (@CNRMA) as information is available.
Sortie Conditions are as follows:
- Sortie Condition Charlie: Ships must be prepared to get underway within 48 hours.
- Sortie Condition Bravo: Ships must be prepared to get underway within 24 hours.
- Sortie Condition Alpha: Indicates the execution of the sortie.
Tropical Cyclone Conditions of Readiness (TCCOR) are as follows:
- TCCOR IV: Trend indicates possible destructive winds within 72 hours.
- TCCOR III: Destructive winds are possible within 48 hours.
- TCCOR II: Destructive winds are possible within 24 hours.
- TCCOR I: Destructive winds are possible within 12 hours.