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BASE OFFICIALS CAUTION MEMBERS OF APPROACHING HURRICANE SALLY

Release Number: 010920

The 81st Training Wing commander has directed the base to enter Hurricane Condition 1 status.

HURCON 1 means that the base may experience 50-knot winds or higher within 12 hours.

Hurricane Sally is projected to make landfall 29 nautical miles East of Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, as a Category 1 hurricane late Tuesday evening.

Base officials have not ordered an evacuation of Keesler personnel, but are advising everyone to remain inside and restrict all movement during the storm. Keesler AFB is forecasted to experience tropical storm force winds and may receive 15-20 inches of rain with a 6-9 foot storm surge.

Keesler has been preparing the base through evacuation of aircraft, placing sandbags around several base facilities, ensuring all base personnel are prepared, and re-stocking items for hurricane disaster kits.

The following facilities and services will be closed or modified:

  1. Routine Keesler Medical Center appointments on September 15-16 will be rescheduled
  2. Base Honor Guard will not operate September 14-16
  3. The Exchange and Commissary are closed
  4. The Shoppette and all other AAFES facilities are closed
  5. Airman & Family Readiness Center, all dining facilities, education services, fitness centers, Gaude lanes, McBride Commons, MPF, Vandenberg Commons, Marina Park, Golf Course and FamCamp are closed
  6. The Child Development Center and Youth Center are closed

Military families should:

  1. Military members should brief their family members on their responsibilities.
  2. Download the Air Force Connect app, make Keesler AFB a favorite, and allow notifications to be notified of the latest updates.
  3. Like the Keesler Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/keeslerafb) or follow Keesler Twitter page (https://twitter.com/keeslerafb) to see the base’s current actions.
  4. Keep your radio and television on for information on the status of the storm.
  5. Check food supply and determine what can be eaten without cooking.
  6. Stock the following items and have them easily accessible:
    1. Flashlight, extra batteries, candles/lighter, camp lantern with fuel
    2. Transistor radio, extra batteries
    3. Special prescribed medicines and food, baby food, pet food, etc. Make sure to have a 30-day supply of medications
    4. First aid­­ kit, insecticides, insect repellents, disinfectants, water purification tablets and snake bite kits
    5. Fire extinguisher
  7. As much as possible, ensure mobile homes are securely tied down.
  8. Secure all outdoor objects that could be torn loose or blown away, such as trashcans, swings, etc.

Store small boats in enclosed shelter. If stored outdoors, remove any loose gear and securely tie the boat down.