USS Kearsarge and USS Oak Hill and Marines standby to assist FEMA in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma

Photo Credit: USMClife.com | USS Kearsarge and USS Oak Hill and Marines standby to assist FEMA in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma

Over 8,000 families have been moved into hotel rooms in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, according to FEMA, and Irma made landfall in southern Florida this morning. Those who own homes or reside in the predicated path of Hurricane Irma (specifically the Florida Keys and the panhandle) are hoping for the best, but preparing for the worse. As a military community, our social responsibility is always to each other: to aid those in need as we are able and, most importantly, pass along vital information to those who need it most. With so many of our military families located in the areas that have been or will be affected, let’s give them a hand with locating the information they need to weather these terrible storms and their collective aftermath.

As of Saturday morning, 5,000 residents have been evacuated from the Florida Keys. This includes personnel stationed at the Naval Air Station in Key West. The city known for its beautiful waters, busy streets and exciting night life is now a ghost town. Blue Star Families could not be more proud of our Navy for leading the mass exodus that will potentially save the lives of thousands. Now that the evacuations in this dangerous area are nearing completion, two relief ships (USS Kearsarge and USS Oak Hill) have been rerouted to the Texas coast on a mission to to bring medical support and humanitarian aid to the hurricane victims.

Hurricane Harvey Victims: Texas

American Hero App can assist military families impacted by Hurricane Harvey

  • If you or a loved one in the Houston area still need to be evacuated or rescued, call 911 or these Coast Guard numbers.
  • If you have been forced to evacuate, find an open shelter here.
  • Download the American Red Cross App here. This mobile app can provide you with vital resources and information such as locating first aid in your area, where to donate blood and locating medical assistance for pets.
  • If you live in an affected area, be sure to register as “Safe and Well” on the American Red Cross website here.
  • Tricare has recently updated their website to provide specific information to those military families who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey. This resource includes emergency prescription refill information, phone numbers to all regional Tricare offices and more. Click here to visit.
  • Military families should be sure to check their installation website and Facebook page for frequently updated information. Other military specific resources include DOD Disaster PreparednessMilitary One SourceFEMA and Ready.gov.
  • Military families ordered to evacuate will be reimbursed for mileage, lodging, meals and accidentals. However, this is only true if the proper authorities ordered a family to evacuate. For more information on evacuation entitlements, CLICK HERE.

Hurricane Irma: Florida and Georgia

Tricare Hurricane Evacuation Checklist

Tricare Hurricane Evacuation Checklist

  • Military families ordered to evacuate (including those in the Florida Keys) will be reimbursed for mileage, lodging, meals and accidentals. However, this is only true if the proper authorities ordered a family to evacuate. For more information on evacuation entitlements, CLICK HERE.
  • Before disaster strikes, it is always best to be prepared. Planning a safe evacuation route is vital. Tricare is urging all members to be preapred at a moment’s notice to leave their homes, and wants you to be sure you take everything you need with you. This is why they have created THIS CHECKLIST — so that you don’t miss a thing during this chaotic time for your family. This includes items such as Military ID cards, social security cards, shot records and more. Visit the Tricare website HERE for more information on how to be prepared before and after disaster strikes. To contact Tricare, please call your assigned region’s telephone number: Tricare North: 877-874-2273, Tricare South 800-444-5445, Tricare West: 877-988-WEST.
  • Military families should be sure to check their installation website and Facebook page for frequently updated information. Other military specific resources include DOD Disaster PreparednessMilitary One SourceFEMA and Ready.gov.

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