U.S. Naval Base Guam to hold Tsunami and Great Shakeout drills
SANTA RITA, Guam (Oct. 11, 2018) – U.S. Naval Base Guam (NBG) will participate in the Great Shakeout and Tsunami drills, on Oct. 18 from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
The drills are designed to evaluate the ability of the NBG Emergency Management team to respond to a natural disaster; enhance training and readiness; validate evacuation timing in the case of an actual tsunami event; and prepare our military community for a major earthquake or tsunami.
During the Great Shakeout earthquake drill, scheduled to begin at 10:18 a.m., personnel will practice the stop, cover, and hold procedure for one minute wherever they are located. During the tsunami drill, waterfront units and activities will evacuate to designated tsunami assembly areas using designated routes. Participating units will also be directed to report accountability via computer or mobile device to the Navy Family Accountability and Assessment System (NFAAS) website at https://navyfamily.navy.mil.
The drills provide an opportunity for NBG emergency management to exercise its operational lines of communication, review response procedures, and promote preparedness. Regular exercising of response plans to high impact events is critical to remain ready for an emergency.
There are currently no planned road closures and the force protection condition (FPCON) status will not change throughout the duration of the drills, which will be held concurrently.
As part of the exercise, the NBG Giant Voice (GV) system will be activated, and residents in surrounding areas of the GV speakers will hear exercise announcements throughout the day.