As Hurricane Sandy makes landfall in the mid-state, severe weather is expected to start later this afternoon with heavy rain, sustained winds of 30-40 mph, gusting to 70 mph, overnight.
Today, Rear Admiral Tim Alexander, Commander Navy Region Mid-Atlantic, ordered Naval Support Activity Mechanicsburg to set Tropical Cyclone Condition of Readiness I (COR 1). COR 1 means to be prepared for destructive winds which are associated with a tropical system and are possible within 12 hours.
Some preparations include securing all hazards throughout the installation, removing debris from drainage areas, and closely monitoring low lying areas that are prone to flooding.
While the base is currently open, beginning at 5 p.m. today through tomorrow, our Mission Essential Personnel (MEP) plan will go into effect. This means that only the Main (North Gate) off of Carlisle Pike will be open and base moral, recreation, child care, Navy exchange and food services will be closed. Fire and security personnel will be on board and emergency service personnel from public works will be on standby.
NSA Mechanicsburg is comprised of over 30 tenant commands and each command establishes their own MEP plan; employees are encouraged to call 717-605-2000 for updates on base operating conditions.
For more information regarding hurricane preparedness go to http://www.norfolknavyflagship.com/news/top_stories/article_8899a948-aaea-11e1-ab36-0019bb2963f4.html
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