Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst

 

Stay prepared this hurricane season

By Senior Airman Joshua King | Joint Base MDL Public Affairs | July 07, 2017

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. --

Although New Jersey isn’t considered to be in Hurricane Alley, tropical storms are felt here nearly every year. Hurricane season runs from June through November and averages 10 storms a year.

Climate Prediction Center and National Hurricane Center officials have stated this year could see a slightly busier hurricane season, with the likelihood of 11-17 storms.

“Typically, we see strong winds, heavy rain, and possibly thunderstorms associated with a tropical system when one passes near the area,” said Staff Sgt. Benson Ray, 305th Operational Support Squadron weather forecaster. “In addition, flash floods are possible with the heavy rain and storm surges are almost guaranteed along the coastal areas.  The intensity of each of those depends greatly on how strong the system is and where it is when it begins affecting the area.”

Weather patterns from hurricanes reach Joint Base MDL and affect day-to-day life at the base and residents should be prepared by implementing an emergency plan beforehand.

“Have a family communication plan. Ensure pets are planned for if you have to leave your home,” said Steven Robertson, Office of Emergency Management chief. “You should also stock a 72-hour emergency kit, always fill your vehicles with fuel before a storm, set your refrigerator to the coldest setting if you think power will be lost, secure loose items if winds are to pick up, never go near downed wires or drive through flooded roadways.”

In the past, major hurricanes have spun toward Central New Jersey, including Irene and Sandy.

For the most up to date information, make sure to tune in to local news agencies or the National Weather Service.

“We work closely with the experts in the 305th OSS Weather Flight to ensure we have the most accurate sight picture on any storm,” Robertson said. “From that we can help ensure our preparedness, response and recovery efforts are targeted to protecting those who live, work and train on Joint Base MDL, their families and their critical assets needed to help ensure mission continuance for all.”