JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- Commander, Navy Region Southeast Rear Adm. Bette Bolivar has designated the area within 150 miles of Gulfport, Mississippi, as the remote safe haven for personnel and families who evacuated due to Hurricane Michael, effective Oct. 9.
On that date, personnel and families from Naval Support Activity Panama City were authorized to travel to the Gulfport area. The purpose of safe haven is to offer access to temporary quarters and Fleet and Family Support Centers on board Naval Construction Battalion Center Gulfport.
“Ensuring the safety of our military and their families is a primary concern,” said Bolivar. “Evacuating our families to an area near one of our other installations ensures they have assistance close by, and our FFSC teams are ready to help.”
The safe haven location places the families out of harm’s way, but close enough that Sailors can return to help restore essentials services if necessary.
Service members and their families should continue to muster with their supervisors and monitor media reports. They can also follow the potential damage and restoration progress on the installation’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/NSAPC.
Personnel and families arriving in Gulfport and needing assistance can enter a needs assessment in Navy Family Accountability and Assessment System, or NFAAS, if there is an actual pressing need. NFAAS can be assessed at www.navyfamily.navy.mil or by using the NFAAS cell phone app. The system allows families to assess their needs in 19 categories including: medical, missing family locator, transportation, housing and personal property, financial, employment, child care, education, legal services and counseling. A Navy counselor will make contact and provide assistance.
Additional updates can be found by visiting Navy Region Southeast’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/NavyRegionSE.