JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) — Naval Support Activity Panama City Commanding Officer Capt. Jay Sego and his staff who remained behind are doing well as they weather the storm with other local officials in the Panama City Emergency Operations Center.
Hurricane Michael arrived just after 2 p.m. Oct. 10 as a Category 4 storm. As weather conditions improve, and when safe to do so, installation personnel will assess the damage and work with Navy Region Southeast and Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast to begin the work of restoring the base to full mission capability.
NSA Panama City Sailors and civilian employees who are part of the base’s reconstitution plan should not return until directed to do so. As the base works to restore operations, the command will contact reconstitution personnel and provide specific directions on when to report to work. Those personnel are asked to drive safely, taking into consideration road conditions along Florida’s highway and roads that were impacted by Hurricane Michael. Return to the installation will be accomplished in phases as facilities and accommodations become available.
Non-essential personnel from the installation and its tenant commands who evacuated to safe haven within 150 miles of Gulfport, Mississippi, are asked to remain patient as it will take time to restore the base to normal operations, and ensure base housing is safe for families to return. The commanding officer is committed to ensuring personnel and families who are evacuated are provided regular updates on Facebook and on the Navy’s website, www.navy.mil.
Evacuated personnel and families are asked to only enter a needs assessment in Navy Family Accountability and Assessment System (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.
“Our first priority is always the safety and security of our people and we are glad Capt. Sego and his team are well,” Commander, Navy Region Southeast, Rear Adm. Bette Bolivar said. “We have been in constant contact with them and are ready to help them with their recovery process.”
Evacuated personnel should also like and monitor the NCBC Gulfport Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NCBCGulfport/.