Hurricane Season 2019
Hurricane Season begins June 1 and runs through Nov. 30. Last year, hurricanes Gordon, Florence and Michael all made landfall in the Southeast Region and had an impact on Navy families in the path of these storms. The lesson to learn is not "if" a hurricane will strike, but "when." Staying informed, having a plan, and making a kit, are key to ensuring you and your family are safe during this hurricane season.
Tropical cyclones are warm-core low-pressure systems with an organized circulation (counter-clockwise in the Northern Hemisphere) that can generate high winds, heavy rainfall, tornadoes, high seas, and heavy surf and / or storm surge. Upon intensification, tropical cyclones can form into tropical storms or hurricanes.
Hurricanes are categorized using the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, which assigns a Category of 1 to 5, based on the storm’s intensity. The Saffir-Simpson Scale primarily measures the potential wind damage of a hurricane; it does not address the potential for damage from other hurricane-related effects such as storm surge, rainfall-induced flooding, or tornadoes.
Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale
Category One Hurricane:
Winds 74-95 mph (64-82 kt). Very dangerous winds will produce some damage: Well-constructed frame homes could have damage to roof, shingles, vinyl siding and gutters. Large branches of trees will snap and shallowly rooted trees may be toppled. Extensive damage to power lines and poles likely will result in power outages that could last a few to several days.
Category Two Hurricane:
Winds 96-110 mph (83-95 kt). Extremely dangerous winds will cause extensive damage: Well-constructed frame homes could sustain major roof and siding damage. Many shallowly rooted trees will be snapped or uprooted and block numerous roads. Near-total power loss is expected with outages that could last from several days to weeks.
Category Three Hurricane:
Winds 111-129 mph (96-112 kt). Devastating damage will occur: Well-built framed homes may incur major damage or removal of roof decking and gable ends. Many trees will be snapped or uprooted, blocking numerous roads. Electricity and water will be unavailable for several days to weeks after the storm passes.
Category Four Hurricane:
Winds 130-156 mph (113-136 kt). Catastrophic damage will occur: Well-built framed homes can sustain severe damage with loss of most of the roof structure and/or some exterior walls. Most trees will be snapped or uprooted and power poles downed. Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. Power outages will last weeks to possibly months. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months.
Category Five Hurricane:
Winds greater than 157 mph (137 kt). Catastrophic damage will occur: A high percentage of framed homes will be destroyed, with total roof failure and wall collapse. Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. Power outages will last for weeks to possibly months. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months.
By clicking on one the links to the left, you can find information that will enable you to develop your own hurricane plan. The time to plan is before a hurricane strikes.
This hurricane season . . . be prepared . . . stay safe!
One of the most important things you as the military member and civilian employee can do is ensure your chain of command knows that in an evacuation, you have reached your safe haven location and are OK. It is an "all hands" responsibility to ensure everyone musters, including accounting for family members.
The following are the muster procedures to follow.
For Navy Region Southeast military and civilian employees:
Muster with your supervisor
Supervisors muster with Department Head
Department Head musters with the Program Director
If there is an actual emergency/disaster/evacuation and you cannot contact your chain of command, follow the below procedures:
Call the CNRSE Muster Team at 1-866-203-6004 to muster within 24-48 hours of reaching the safe haven.
If you cannot get through to this number within 48 hours, call the ROC at 904 542-3118 where they can pass muster info to the muster cell.
If you cannot contact the ROC, call BUPERS at 1-877-414-5358.
The BUPERS number is only to be used when all other options fail and you have not mustered within 72 hours.