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NAVFAC Southeast CERT Deploys to NAS Kingsville after Hurricane

08/27/17

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast
dispatched a 12 person Contingency Engineering Response Team (CERT) today to Naval
Air Stations (NASs) Kingsville and Corpus Christi, Texas from NAS Jacksonville who will
meet up with another 5 person team from Public Works Department Fort Worth out of NAS
Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas. The CERT will evaluate facilities on base that may
have received damage from Hurricane Harvey as it passed through the Corpus Christi area.

The CERT has Disaster Assessment Teams (DATs) which consist of structural, electrical,
and mechanical engineers, architects, roofing specialists, community planners and
construction contract specialists that deploy to begin Rapid Damage Assessments
“The CERTs 17 members are heading to NAS Kingsville and then on to NAS Corpus
Christi. They plan to arrive tomorrow, August 28, to assist in the base with damage
assessments. Two teams are out of Jacksonville and one is out of Ft. Worth,” said
NAVFAC Southeast Disaster Preparedness Officer Lt. Cmdr. Ryan Thrun.

It is during this phase that damage is rapidly assessed to support restoration of basic
functions such as debris removal and reopening roadways, expedient roof repairs, and
resumption of sanitation, water, electricity and communications services.
Integrated Product Team Gulf Coast Assistant Operations Officer Cmdr. Anant Patel is the
CERT Officer in Charge with each DAT having a team lead.

“As a civil engineer corps officer, I have a unique skill set, deployment experience and ability
to be able to respond to emergency situations,” said Patel. “NAVFAC and the Seabees have
a proud tradition of answering the call when disasters happen and I am honored to volunteer
to carry on this tradition and coordinate our efforts in Texas.”

DAT Team Lead Ensign Derick Schmitz, PWD Jacksonville Construction Manager and Civil
Engineer Corps Officer stated, “I hope to learn a lot about logistics, planning, team
management and leadership. This experience will bring me together with engineers of
different disciplines and I am excited to help get the base back to normal operations as soon
as possible.”

Sending engineers around the world is not new to NAVFAC.

“We always have a trained CERT ready to go at a moment’s notice,” said Thrun.

Typically, these teams deploy to assess hurricane or other storm damage to military
installations such as was the case most recently in February 2017 and October 2016 when
teams deployed to assist the United States Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, Georgia
when tornadoes devastated the base and the United States Navy's Atlantic Undersea Test
and Evaluation Center (AUTEC), located on Andros Island in the Bahamas after Hurricane
Matthew impacted the facilities there.

“I served as a structural engineer on a DAT to AUTEC and am on the team going to Texas
today,” said Pam Cowden, NAVFAC Southeast structural engineer. “As a team we tour the
facilities on base and provide a rapid assessment of the damages. We document the
damage to start the process for repairs. We also document and mark any facilities that we
feel will be unsafe due to damage so that safety hazards can be avoided and mitigated.”

Cowden also shared that, “It is a good feeling to be able to help people feel safe returning
home or to work when I can assure them that the building is safe. When buildings are found
to be unsafe, sometimes I can help to make it safe temporarily until final repairs can be made
by recommending shoring, removal or bracing of damaged building elements. Putting my
book of knowledge into practice is very gratifying.”

Previous CERTs have seen widespread devastation from tornado damage not only on
Albany MCLB, but also in the surrounding community when they were in Georgia. There was
extensive damage to pre-engineered metal buildings that had been reduced to a pile of
twisted metal and debris that a tornado had picked up and deposited on the other side of a
building in a crumbled up mess.

“We deploy at a moments notice to help the installation as many of their personnel may have
been evacuated or tending to their family and their own property assessments immediately
following the storm,” said Patel. 

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