Hurricane Michael showed the Air Force is good at preparing, Genova said. Installations with hurricanes and typhoons as an identified hazard have well-prepared installation emergency management plans. Even with the unpredictability that Hurricane Michael presented, those installations were able to prepare quickly for the storm’s impending arrival.
For example, the 325th Fighter Wing leadership at Tyndall Air Force Base followed emergency plans and evacuated 11,000 people in 48 hours to two neighboring installations further inland well before the eye of the storm arrived.
Nearly two years removed from the third-largest storm to ever hit the continental United States, AFCEC members at Tyndall can attest that focusing on readiness in the event of a tropical storm and worse, a hurricane and its aftermath, is extremely critical.
“The Air Force does a very good job of preparing for events, but where we need to put more focus on is ‘What does an Airman do in the days after a catastrophic event?’” said Mike Connors, AFCEC emergency management division chief. “Many of us had no idea what our homeowners policies said or what the different types of coverages meant. What is the difference between a field adjuster and a desk adjuster? Should you get a lawyer or a public adjuster? Those are just some of the examples of what we’ll be putting into a new publication in the near future.”
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