Annual HURREX to take place May 25 to June 2

In preparation for hurricane season in Hawaii, Navy Region Hawaii will conduct its annual hurricane readiness exercise, HURREX, from May 25 to June 2, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam and Pacific Missile Range Facility. U.S. Navy photo

In preparation for hurricane season in Hawaii, Navy Region Hawaii will conduct its annual hurricane readiness exercise, HURREX, from May 25 to June 2, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam and Pacific Missile Range Facility. U.S. Navy photo

Grace Hew Len

Navy Region Hawaii Public Affairs Office

In preparation for hurricane season in Hawaii, which runs from June 1 to Nov. 30, Navy Region Hawaii will conduct its annual hurricane readiness exercise, HURREX, from May 25 to June 2, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam and Pacific Missile Range Facility.

This year, Navy Region Hawaii will conduct HURREX as a pre-landfall exercise from May 25 to 26, and in conjunction with the State Civil Defense post-landfall exercise, Makani Pahili, on May 31 and June 1.

HURREX is conducted annually to provide Navy commands an opportunity to exercise emergency preparedness and restoration plans prior to hurricane season. Field training and command post exercises will take place at JBPHH and PMRF.

“The exercise is designed to prepare the Navy to respond to weather threats to the region and to maintain the ability to deploy forces even under the most adverse weather conditions,” said Mike Smith, Navy Region Hawaii’s director of training and readiness. Exercise objectives include improving awareness of actions the Navy is taking in responding to the threat of natural disaster, increasing awareness of its capabilities to protect personnel and family members, and supporting requests from civil authorities when responding to threats of a natural disaster.

The Navy Family Accountability and Assessment System (NFAAS) will be activated from May 31 to June 2 for commands to ensure their personnel have updated contact information in NFAAS.

TCCOR (tropical cyclone condition of readiness) levels will be set for commands to execute their TCCOR checklists. The Navy uses TCCOR levels based on the arrival of destructive winds, which triggers specific actions.

TCCOR III, or 48 hours before destructive winds arrive, is equivalent to a hurricane “watch.” TCCOR II, or 24 hours before destructive winds arrive, is similar to a hurricane “warning.”

During the exercise, personnel on JBPHH and PMRF will see exercise events and notifications taking place. All events will be annotated by “exercise-exercise-exercise.”

“HURREX is an opportunity for the Navy to review and practice our emergency management plans, look for shortfalls, and fix them before disaster strikes,” said Smith.

(Note: The May 27 edition of Hookele will feature a two-page pull-out section on disaster preparedness. There will be regular features throughout hurricane season.)

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