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HURRICANES

ATLANTIC HURRICANE SEASON -- JUNE 1 - NOVEMBER 30

This page provides current and pertinent links to available information in the event our personnel experience hurricane conditions. The links will better prepare Airmen and their families if a hurricane strikes your area. See below for more details:

 

 

 

HURRICANE CHECKLIST

HURCON 5 (96 hours prior)

1. Monitor weather stations; check 59th Medical Wing website, Facebook page.
2. Review family/personal plan.
3. Inspect/inventory shelter or evacuation kit.
4. Check vehicles, prescriptions and food.
5. Brief family members on situation.
6. Determine plan for pets.
7. Ensure vehicle and generator fuel tanks are full.

HURCON 4 (72 hours prior)
1. Ensure you have completed all steps/precautions listed for HURCON 5.
2. Continue to monitor local T.V. and radio.
3. Prepare home for hurricane.
4. Clear yard of loose materials that could possibly turn into projectiles.
5. Update Air Force Personnel Accountability and Assessment System (AFPAAS).
6. Identify closest shelter.

HURCON 3 (48 hours prior)
1. Ensure you have completed steps/precautions listed for HURCON 4 and 5.
2. Monitor weather stations.
3. Finish preparations for storm.
4. Gather evacuation items.
5. Secure home and belongings.
6. Prepare for potential evacuation.

HURCON 2 (24 hours prior)
1. Ensure you have completed all steps/precautions listed for HURCON 3, 4 and 5.
2. Monitor T.V. and radio.
3. Brief family members on evacuation/ride out plan.
4. If going to a shelter, don't forget evacuation/shelter kit.
5. Remain in shelter until released by proper officials.

HURCON 1 (12 hours prior)
1. Ensure you have completed all steps/precautions listed for HURCON 1, 2, 3 and 4.
2. Evacuate if still safe to do so.
3. Monitor T.V. and radio.
4. Remain in shelter until released by proper officials.
5. If not sheltered, find shelter immediately, or prepare to “ride-out” in your home.

HURCON 1C (Caution)
1. Winds of 40-57 mph sustained are occurring.
2. All outside activity is prohibited.
3. Remain in shelter until released by proper officials.
4. If not sheltered, find shelter immediately.

HURCON 1E (Emergency)
1. Winds of 58 mph sustained and/or gusts of 69 mph or greater are occurring.
2. Remain in shelter until released by proper officials.

HURCON 1R (Recovery)
1. Surface winds in excess of 58 mph are no longer occurring and storm has passed.
2. Non-essential functions remain closed unless directed otherwise by the wing commander.
3. All but emergency personnel remain in quarters until further notice.
4. If evacuated do not return to base until directed to do so.

EVACUATION GUIDELINES

  • Grab your disaster kit, pets and family and leave no earlier than directed by the Wing Commander.
  • Things to note when evacuating - main routes will be congested, tune to radio for traffic information, become familiar with secondary roads as backup.
  • Be sure to identify yourself as an evacuee when making hotel reservations.
  • Military/Civil Service may be recalled before dependents.
  • 4-TIERED APPROACH FOR PERSONNEL ACCOUNTABILITY - Upon arrival to primary/alternate evacuation points or up to 24 hours after notice of evacuation contact supervisor (or the person above them on the recall roster) 
  • Last Resort: In the event you are stranded in a crisis area with no communication available, report your status to any responding agent (Red Cross, local police, FEMA, etc.) and ask that agent to report your status to the Air Force through any means possible.

SHELTER

Tune into local television/radio stations to see which shelters have been activated.

The American Red Cross has been chartered under federal law to provide mass care to victims of natural disasters. Agreements are signed with local governments, school districts, churches, and other organizations to use their facilities for shelter and mass care operations.

ALERTS

Both, the city of San Antonio and the 59th Medical Wing have established texting services that will keep you informed! Sign up for these notification systems now!

EMERGENCY KIT