Navy Personnel in Oklahoma Offer Support to Community


Story Number: NNS130523-28Release Date: 5/23/2013 9:00:00 PM
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From Commander, Navy Region Midwest Public Affairs

MOORE, Okla. (NNS) -- Navy service members and family members, civilian personnel, and reservists stationed or living in the vicinity of the Moore, Okla. tornado are being asked to account for their status via the Navy Family Accountability and Assessment System (NFAAS).

More specifically, this applies to Cleveland, Oklahoma, and Pottawatomie counties and impacts an estimated 5600 people, of which approximately 42% had reported in by the writing of this release. Those affected are asked to either report in through their chain of command, or, if that is not possible, to log into NFAAS at https://navyfamily.navy.mil and check in on the Navy family members site. If unable to log on to NFAAS, members can call the NFAAS help desk at 866-946-9183.

Navy families who were severely impacted by the Oklahoma tornado are strongly encouraged to log into NFAAS, https://navyfamily.navy.mil, to update contact information and complete a needs assessment form at their earliest convenience after storm passage. For further assistance after a needs assessment form has been submitted, members can email Navy Personnel Command Emergency Coordination Center (NPC ECC) at mnpc.cat.captain@navy.mil or call 877-414-5358.

While minimal, there has been a long-standing Navy presence in the area that includes nearly 1500 active duty service members and their families attached to Strategic Communications Wing One (SCW-1) at Tinker Air Force Base, as well other active duty members attached to the Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) in Oklahoma City, the local recruiting district and numerous reserve personnel who live and work in the community.

Minor injuries to some family members have been reported and damage reports so far show that 11 homes were destroyed and 34 suffered significant damage. Additionally, there are many more Sailors and families that have homes surrounding the impact area who have not been allowed to return to their homes until damage assessments are complete. Displaced families are being housed and supported by other families, the U.S. Air Force, and the Tinker AFB support group, Tinker Family.

Navy members are volunteering from NOSC Tulsa while Seabees assigned to Tinker Air Force Base are being deployed into the affected areas. More Navy involvement in the recovery efforts is expected in the coming days.

Updates will follow as new information becomes available. Those affected are encouraged to follow the Facebook pages for SCW-1 https://www.facebook.com/CSCW1 or Tinker Air Force Base https://www.facebook.com/TinkerAirForceBase for current information.

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A Sailor from Strategic COmmunications Wing 1, joins a large group of TACAMO Sailors as they volunteer in support of recovery efforts in Moore, Oklahoma after adevasting EF5 tornado.
130522-N-KU586-065 MOORE, Oklahoma (May 22, 2013) A Sailor from Strategic Communications Wing 1, joins a large group of TACAMO Sailors as they volunteer in support of recovery efforts in Moore, Oklahoma after adevasting EF5 tornado. Task Force 124 also known as TACAMO (Take Charge And Move Out) is located in the heartland of America at Tinker Air Force Base, Ok., and is responsible to Commander Naval Air Forces for manning, training and equipping the Navy squadrons responsible for Nuclear Command and Control Communications to the nation's nuclear triad mission. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chris W. Delano/Released)
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