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Tyndall Hurricane Page

This page provides current and pertinent links to available information in the event that Tyndall and its personnel experience hurricane conditions. The links will better prepare Airmen and their families if a hurricane strikes your area.

See below for more details:

Current Hurricane Condition: HURCON 1R
Evacuation Status: Surface winds in excess of 58 mph are no longer occurring and storm has passed.
Non-essential functions remain closed unless directed otherwise by the wing commander.
If evacuated, do not return to base until directed to do so.

Oct. 11, 2018: 5:40 p.m.

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- 5 p.m. UPDATE: Tyndall Air Force Base leadership just conducted its first aerial assessment of the base. We are grateful that Tyndall has had no reported injuries or fatalities. Damage across the base is extensive.

 

Here are some highlights; all base houses sustained significant roof and siding damage. Some houses sustained more significant structural failures.

 

Some Tyndall dorms appear to have fared well; others sustained severe damage.

 

The flight line is devastated. Every building has severe damage. Many buildings are a complete loss.

 

The hurricane completely destroyed the Tyndall marina. The structures and docks are gone.

 

The drone runway, AFCEC labs, and Silver Flag areas all sustained catastrophic damage. Tyndall Elementary School sustained severe damage.

 

The BX and commissary sustained severe damage, and the two shoppettes sustained catastrophic damage.

 

Help is on the way. Initial relief and support requested by the ride out team, is due to arrive as early as this evening. Air Force and government officials have responded quickly to our requests.

 

The base remains closed. Trees and power lines block nearly every road. At this time, power and basic utilities remain out.

 

Base leaders will continue to provide regular updates as the base begins the long road to recovery. Thank you for your continued patience.


Oct. 11, 2018: 12:02 p.m.: 
HURCON 1R declared for Tyndall Air Force Base.

Official update from the 325th Fighter Wing
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Oct.10, 2018 4:50 p.m. 

Tyndall Air Force Base took a direct hit from Hurricane Michael. The base has sustained extensive damage. The Ride Out Element will conduct initial damage assessments when it is safe to do so.

Michael was a Category 4 catastrophic hurricane when it made landfall with catastrophic wind speeds. There have been no injuries reported on Tyndall at this time. 

Teams will work diligently to recover base in the coming weeks. The storm brought down trees and power lines. It removed roofs from buildings and caused significant structural damage.

The conditions of the runway are unknown at this time.

The base commander ordered a mandatory evacuation of base personnel Monday, Oct. 8. This evacuation order remains in effect until further notice. Evacuated personnel should make plans for an extended time away from the base. Base officials do not have an estimate at this time for when it will be safe to return.

 

Tyndall upgrades to HURCON 1 status
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. --

As a result of Hurricane Michael, Tyndall Air Force Base officials have moved to HURCON 1. This means the hurricane is a potential threat to Tyndall with destructive winds anticipated within 12 hours. 

Tyndall personnel and their family members should take the following steps: 
1. Ensure you have completed all steps/precautions listed for HURCON 2, 3 and 4.
2. If going to a shelter, don't forget evacuation/shelter kit.
3. Remain in shelter until released by proper officials.

For more information on hurricane conditions and guidelines please check the hurricane page on the official Tyndall website at https://www.tyndall.af.mil/Hurricane/ or the Tyndall Contingency Information Line at 1-478-222-0011. Information on this line is updated as HURCON levels and instructions change.

The Tyndall Medical Clinic is closed. In the event of an emergency, please seek medical care from the closest emergency room.

Tyndall upgrades to HURCON 2 status
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. --
As a result of Hurricane Michael, Tyndall Air Force Base officials have moved to condition level HURCON 2. This warning level means the hurricane has become a potential threat to Tyndall with destructive winds anticipated within 24 hours. 

Tyndall personnel and their family members should take the following steps: 
1. Ensure you have completed steps/precautions listed for HURCON 3 and 4.
2. Monitor weather stations.
3. Finish preparations for storm.
4. Secure home and belongings.
5. Follow evacuation orders from base and local authorities.

For more information on hurricane conditions and guidelines please check the hurricane page on the official Tyndall website at http://www.tyndall.af.mil/Hurricane/ or the Tyndall Straight Talk Line at 1-478-222-0011. Information on this line is updated as HURCON levels and instructions change.

All Tyndall assigned personnel to evacuate
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. --
Tyndall Air Force Base officials have underscored the importance of the mandatory hurricane evacuation order issued earlier today.

“It’s important to know that this order applies to all Tyndall assigned military personnel regardless if they live on base or not,” said Col. Jefferson Hawkins, 325th Fighter Wing vice commander. “People are our most important resource and we’re committed to protecting them.”

The use of government-issued credit cards has been authorized by the 325th Fighter Wing commander for expenses incurred during this evacuation. Finance will reimburse all Tyndall assigned military members for an evacuation of at least 100 miles, but no more than 500 miles, from Tyndall AFB.

If members do not have a government travel card, a cash advance is available from finance with a DoD I.D. card and evacuation orders.

Details on financial reimbursement and frequently asked questions are posted on the Tyndall website at https://www.tyndall.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1656663/tyndall-mandatory-evacuation-fact-sheet-and-faqs/.

Additional information will be posted to the Tyndall Hurricane page at http://www.tyndall.af.mil/Hurricane/ and the Tyndall Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/325FWTyndall/.

The mandatory evacuation order was effective beginning at 5 p.m., Monday, Oct. 8. All Tyndall assigned personnel, including those in Tyndall base housing, must be off the installation no later than 3 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 9.

Tyndall mandatory evacuation: Fact sheet and FAQs

Click on the following link: Tyndall mandatory evacuation: Fact sheet and FAQs

Tyndall to provide transportation
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. --
Tyndall Air Force Base officials announced the base is providing transportation to base personnel and their families who are without transportation. Personnel should contact their Unit Control Center to be added to the passenger manifest and receive time and location details.

Evacuation Bus Pickup Locations/Times: 

Housing pick-up:
- Balfour Beatty Community Center: Bldg 4700
- Pick up time: 8 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 9. 

Restrictions:
- 1 large luggage piece per family
- 1 carry on piece per person
(Ensure you have 72-hours’ worth of items)
- NO PETS

Dorm Pick-up:
- Berg-Liles Dining Facility: Bldg 1690
- Pick up time: 8 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 9.

Restrictions:
- 72 hour bag only!

Ensure you have enough items (i.e. diapers, clothes)/snacks/drinks to last a 5-9 hour bus ride to the Safe Haven location of Maxwell AFB.

Those planning to use the available shelters, should bring all items recommended in the Tyndall Natural Disaster handbook.  Hurricane information and checklists are available on Tyndall’s website at https://www.tyndall.af.mil/Hurricane/.

There are no shelters at Tyndall AFB. 

The status of the base and return-to-duty information will be posted on the Tyndall website at https://www.tyndall.af.mil/Hurricane/ and the Tyndall Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/325FWTyndall/.

BRE Team Members

BRE Team members will meet at the parking lot by Horizons and the Base Gym at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 9 with all their personal luggage and gear. Team members should be prepared to do some manual labor from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. to complete last minute hurricane preparations. Following this, BRE members will convoy to Maxwell AFB together to ride out the storm (LRS provided buses, GOVs, or POC use authorized for travel). Once the hurricane has passed, BRE team members will convoy back to Tyndall in order to recover the base. For any questions or issues, contact Maj. Dustin Creed at (850) 896-4272.

Tyndall orders base evacuation

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. --
In coordination with Bay County officials, Tyndall Air Force Base officials have ordered the evacuation of all non-mission essential military and civilian personnel from the base due to Hurricane Michael. The evacuation order was effective beginning at 5 p.m., Monday, Oct. 8. All personnel including those in Tyndall base housing must be off the installation no later than 3 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 9.

The status of the base and return-to-duty information will be posted on the Tyndall website at https://www.tyndall.af.mil/Hurricane/ and the Tyndall Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/325FWTyndall/.

The use of government-issued credit cards has been authorized by the 325th Fighter Wing commander for expenses incurred during this evacuation. Finance will reimburse members for an evacuation of at least 100, but no more than 500 miles, from Tyndall AFB.

The Florida Highway Patrol plans to close the DuPont Bridge when winds reach 40 miles per hour.

The base is providing transportation to base personnel and their families who need it.  Personnel should contact their UCC to be added to the passenger manifest and receive time and location details.

Those planning to use the available shelters, should bring with them all items recommended in the Tyndall Natural Disaster handbook.  Hurricane information and checklists are available on Tyndall’s website at https://www.tyndall.af.mil/Hurricane/.

There are no shelters at Tyndall AFB.


HURRICANE CONDITION LEVELS

        HURCON

CRITERIA

5

Destructive Winds are possible within 96 hours.

4

Destructive Winds are possible within 72 hours.

3

Destructive Winds are possible within 48 hours.

2

Destructive Winds are possible within 24 hours.

1

Destructive Winds are possible within 12 hours.

1C

Caution: Winds of 40-57 mph sustained are occurring.

1E

Emergency: Winds of 58 mph sustained and/or gusts of 69 mph or greater are occurring.

1R

Recovery: Destructive winds have subsided and are no longer forecast to occur; survey and work crews are permitted to determine the extent of the damage and to establish safe zones around hazards (e.g., downed power lines, unstable structures). Non-essential personnel are asked to remain in doors.

Hurricane Checklists

HURCON 5 (96 hours prior)

1. Monitor weather stations; check Tyndall website, Facebook page.
2. Review family/personal plan.
3. Inspect/inventory shelter or evacuation kit.
4. Check vehicles, prescriptions and food.
5. Brief family members on situation.
6. Determine plan for pets.
7. Ensure vehicle and generator fuel tanks are full.

HURCON 4 (72 hours prior)
1. Ensure you have completed all steps/precautions listed for HURCON 5.
2. Continue to monitor local T.V. and radio.
3. Prepare home for hurricane.
4. Clear yard of loose materials that could possibly turn into projectiles.
5. Update Air Force Personnel Accountability and Assessment System (AFPAAS).
6. Identify closest shelter.

HURCON 3 (48 hours prior)
1. Ensure you have completed steps/precautions listed for HURCON 4 and 5.
2. Monitor weather stations.
3. Finish preparations for storm.
4. Gather evacuation items.
5. Secure home and belongings.
6. Prepare for potential evacuation.

HURCON 2 (24 hours prior)
1. Ensure you have completed all steps/precautions listed for HURCON 3, 4 and 5.
2. Monitor T.V. and radio.
3. Brief family members on evacuation/ride out plan.
4. If going to a shelter, don't forget evacuation/shelter kit.
5. Remain in shelter until released by proper officials.

HURCON 1 (12 hours prior)
1. Ensure you have completed all steps/precautions listed for HURCON 1, 2, 3 and 4.
2. Evacuate if still safe to do so.
3. Monitor T.V. and radio.
4. Remain in shelter until released by proper officials.
5. If not sheltered, find shelter immediately, or prepare to “ride-out” in your home.

HURCON 1C (Caution)
1. Winds of 40-57 mph sustained are occurring.
2. All outside activity is prohibited.
3. Remain in shelter until released by proper officials.
4. If not sheltered, find shelter immediately.

HURCON 1E (Emergency)
1. Winds of 58 mph sustained and/or gusts of 69 mph or greater are occurring.
2. Remain in shelter until released by proper officials.

HURCON 1R (Recovery)
1. Surface winds in excess of 58 mph are no longer occurring and storm has passed.
2. Non-essential functions remain closed unless directed otherwise by the wing commander.
3. All but emergency personnel remain in quarters until further notice.
4. If evacuated do not return to base until directed to do so.

BRIDGE CLOSURES

Bay County has updated their plan for bridge traffic during inclement weather. At 40 mph of sustained winds, off-base law enforcement will evaluate bridges and will adjust traffic as required.

This may involve:
- No change
- Restricting the use of outer lanes so traffic can continue
- Closing the bridges if conditions become too dangerous

Be advised that conditions can change at a moment's notice, giving little to no warning that the bridges will close.

Evacuation Guidelines

  • Grab your disaster kit, pets and family and leave no earlier than directed by the Wing Commander.
  • Finance will reimburse you for an evacuation of up to 500 miles. (If unable to find accommodation in designated range, contact your unit commander for approval).
  • Things to note when evacuating - main routes will be congested, tune to radio for traffic information, become familiar with secondary roads as backup.
  • Be sure to identify yourself as an evacuee when making hotel reservations.
  • Military/Civil Service may be recalled before dependents.
  • 4-TIERED APPROACH FOR PERSONNEL ACCOUNTABILITY - Upon arrival to primary/alternate evacuation points or up to 24 hours after notice of evacuation contact supervisor (or the person above them on the recall roster) Contact supervisor/UCC Contact the HESS at 1-877-325-EVAC (3822) Update status on AFPAAS at: https://afpaas.af.mil/ Contact AFPC/PRC at 1-800-435-9941.
  • Last Resort: In the event you are stranded in a crisis area with no communication available, report your status to any responding agent (Red Cross, local police, FEMA, etc.) and ask that agent to report your status to the Air Force through any means possible.

Evacuation Options

In the event of a hurricane, the three Air Force installations listed below serve as options of evacuation. The numbers listed may help for planning purposes.

Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. 
Operator: (334) 953-1110

Lodging: (334) 953-3931

Moody Air Force Base, Ga. 
Operator: (229) 257-1110
Lodging: (229) 257-3893

Robins Air Force Base, Ga. 
Operator: (478) 926-1110
Lodging: (478) 926-2100

Shelter List

Tune into local television/radio stations to see which shelters have been activated.

Mosley High School - 501 Mosley Dr., Lynn Haven
Bay High School - 1200 Harrison Ave., Panama City
Bozeman Learning Center (Special Care) - 13410 Hwy 77, Panama City
Callaway Elementary School - 7115 Hwy 22, Callaway
Hiland Park Elememntary School - 2507 E. Baldwin Rd., Panama City
Lynn Haven Elementary School - 301 W. 9th St., Lynn Haven
Merritt Elementary School - 5044 Merritt Brown Way, Panama City
Milville Elementary School - 203 N. East Ave., Panama City
Rutherford High School - 100 School Ave., Springfield
Tommy Smith Elementary School - 5044 Timothy Smith Dr., Panama City
North Side Elementary School (Special Care) - 2001 Northside Dr., Panama City

ALERT BAY

Get alerted about emergencies and other important community news by signing up for Alert Bay, Bay County's emergency notification service, at AlertBay.org. This system will provide you with critical information quickly in situations such as severe weather, unexpected road closures, missing persons and evacuations of buildings or neighborhoods. You will receive time-sensitive notifications wherever you specify, via mobile or business phones, email address, text messages and more. There is no cost to register. Standard messaging and data rates may apply.

Hurricane Briefings

The 325th Civil Engineer Readiness and Emergency Management Flight will be conducting briefings to help prepare you and your family for the 2018 Hurricane Season.

Attendance to any of the following briefings is highly encouraged:

  • May 7 & 21
  • June 4
  • July 9
  • August 13
  • September 10
  • October 15
  • November 5

All briefings will be held at Readiness and Emergency Management, Building 909, 215 Virginia Ave. from 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.