Hurricane Season Preparedness

From Commander, Military Sealift Command

Hurricane Season Preparedness

We are in the annual hurricane season for the Atlantic and Eastern Pacific through November 30. The announcement of the season helps to remind us of the preparatory actions we should take to ensure we remain mission ready at work and prepared at home.

Last year provides a direct example of the importance of preparedness as we saw devastating hurricanes sweep through the Caribbean region and Gulf Coast causing significant destruction and forcing the dislocation of thousands of people. Four MSC ships, USNS William McLean (T-AKE 12), USNS Supply (T-AOE 6), USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), and USNS Brittin (T-AKR 305) provided support to military, federal and state response efforts. Whether combat logistics, fleet support, or surge sealift, any type of ship may be called upon to assist during the hurricane season or in support of a response to a natural disaster anywhere in the world.

 

And while we are taking the necessary steps to ensure our ships and crews are ready, we must also safeguard our family and property. If you are unsure how to prepare for a hurricane or natural disaster, start by discussing these five questions with your family:

– How will we receive emergency alerts and warnings?

– What is our shelter plan?

– Do we have a three-day supply of food and water for each household member?

– What is our evacuation route?

– What is our my family/household communication plan?

While we hope a weather incident won’t affect us, we must prepare as if it will.

We may be called upon at any time to support a contingency or weather-related event. Maintaining a high state of readiness is key to our ability to provide assured maritime logistics.

Thank you to the staff and mariners who will conduct the planning and preparations needed to make ship movements or provide support, and to the entire MSC workforce for focusing on personal and family readiness during the hurricane season.

United We Sail,

Rear Adm. Dee L. Mewbourne, USN

Commander, Military Sealift Command

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