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45th Space Wing enters Hurricane Condition IV

PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. --

The 45th Space Wing has entered Hurricane Condition IV (HURCON IV) in preparation for Hurricane Matthew. HURCON IV indicates surface winds in excess of 50 knots (58 mph) could arrive in the area of the base within 96 hours.

 

During HURCON IV, specialized response teams at Patrick Air Force Base and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station are recalled and briefed on the status of the storm. Teams will begin disconnecting electrical power to non-essential facilities and start preparing facilities for the possible arrival of the storm.

 

Wing leadership has initiated a “recall” notification of all base personnel and units are currently conducting 100 percent accountability checks of all assigned members, to include tenant units and families of deployed members.

 

Base personnel and residents should take action to prepare for the possible arrival of hurricane-force winds. These actions include the potential for evacuation of the base and all barrier islands. Wing leadership is coordinating preparation and response operations with Brevard County and NASA emergency management operations centers.

 

The Patrick AFB Medical Clinic currently has limited appointments for acute medical needs only. Urgent pharmacy needs can be filled from a civilian pharmacy. Pharmacy and medical care questions can be directed to Express Scripts at 1-866-363-8779 or Humana Military HealthCare Services at 1-800-444-5445.

 

Other facilities on base, such as the commissary, Base Exchange, Child Development Center, Youth Center and Riverside Dining Facility are open. More information will be announced as it becomes available.

 

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Additional information can be found at:

http://www.brevardcounty.us/EmergencyManagement/Preparedness

http://www.floridadisaster.org/index.asp

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov

http://www.patrick.af.mil/Units/Hurricane-Information

https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes