A hurricane can force you to evacuate your neighborhood or confine you to your home. What would you do if basic services such as water, gas, electricity or telephones were cut off?
Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone right away. Families can cope with disaster by preparing in advance and working together as a team.
Report your status by telephone to your chain of command. It is important for them to have an accurate picture of the situation as soon as possible after the event. If you are at home and you know you must report to your duty station, do so immediately. The road and telephone systems will quickly become clogged. Otherwise, do not report to duty unless specifically told to do so.
Follow the steps listed here to create your family's hurricane plan. Knowing what to do is your best protection and your responsibility. The information on this page is similar to the Emergency Preparedness Page but this plan is specifically made for families.
Create a Hurricane Plan:
Meet with your family and discuss why you need to prepare for the hurricane. Discuss the challenges the family may face. Explain the dangers of fire and severe weather to children. Plan to share responsibilities and work together as a team. Pick two places to meet: Right outside your home in case of a sudden emergency, like a fire; OR outside your neighborhood in case you cannot return home. Everyone must know the address and phone number. Ask an out-of-state friend to be your "family contact." After a hurricane, it is often easier to call long distance. Other family members should call this person and tell them where they are. Everyone must know your contact's phone number. Discuss what to do in an evacuation. Plan how to take care of your pets.
Although it may seem safe to stay at home and wait out a hurricane, doing so could be very dangerous. Hurricanes can spawn tornadoes that could threaten your home. Lightning is equally dangerous. Damage from flying debris could result in injury.
Depending on the strength of the hurricane, your community may be directed to evacuate. Installations could be required to evacuate prior to receiving an evacuation order from local communities. Stay tuned to your radio and television for important evacuation information. Know the evacuation route you want to take. The designated evacuation safe haven for NAS Kingsville and all other South Texas installations is Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. The prescribed route to Lackland is shown in the photo. This route is for NAS Kingsville personnel and is designed to avoid congestion on the roadways since other installations will also be traveling to Lackland. Keep in mind, evacuating to this site is designated to move you and your family out of the path of the storm. The Lackland Services Center is designed to provide temporary quarters for you and your family during the course of a storm. Services provided are limited.
What to Bring:
Ensure your family members know your evacuation location and provide a contact number for your family and your chain of command. Follow directions provided on TV or radio or via military web sites for mustering you and your family. When notified, report back to your installation as quickly and as safely as possible. Due to the number of personnel that will be evacuated, only one piece of luggage per person will be allowed. Pets must be kept in dog kennels.
Personnel will be housed in open bay barracks. Family members will be housed together, but you should know that showers and rest room facilities are also open bay (shared). Be sure to bring with you individual toiletries, swim suits, towels, and shower shoes or flip flops.