Navy, Air Force to conduct HURREX

Capt. Stanley Keeve, Jr. commander, JBPHH, center, participates in a mock safe haven. Photo by Blair Gradel

Anna General
Managing Editor, Ho’okele
Navy Region Hawaii Public Affairs

In preparation for hurricane season, Navy Region Hawaii will conduct its annual hurricane readiness exercise, HURREX, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) and Pacific Missile Range Facility, June 1-9.

Hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30. This year, Navy Region Hawaii and Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam will conduct both preand post-landfall components to the exercise.

HURREX allows Navy and Air Force activities in Hawaii to review, exercise and validate their response plans and operational capabilities as they pertain to the threat of hurricanes and effects of severe weather.

During the exercise, personnel at JBPHH and PMRF will notice exercise events and notifications taking place, including computer desktop notifications, Straight Talk Line, Nixle alerts, Facebook updates and marquee messages. All exercise-related communications will be prefaced with “exercise-exercise-exercise.”

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

According to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center, Hawaii is certainly not immune to direct impacts from tropical cyclones. Three hurricane landfalls have occurred since 1950: Hurricane Dot (1959), Hurricane Iwa (1982), and Hurricane Iniki (1992). Each of these hurricanes brought very significant damage in their wake.

Everyone needs to be prepared for the unexpected. Preparing for a hurricane is one of the most important things you can do for the safety of you and your family in the event of a natural disaster. The time to prepare is now. For more information, visit www.ready.gov, www.ready. navy.mil or www.beready.af.mil.

Editor’s Note: Look for an expanded hurricane season preparedness pullout feature in the June 2 issue of Ho’okele.

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