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Hurricane Ian Prompted Naval Air Station Key West Evacuation Of Navy Personnel And Families

As we are learning about the devasting impact Hurricane Ian inflicted on Florida, here is an update from the department of defense concerning the evacuation of Naval Air Station Key West.

Our hearts and prayers go out to all Floridians during this catastrophic crisis.

Photo By: Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Nicholas V. Huynh ~ KEY WEST, Fla. Hurricane Ian passed over Naval Air Station (NAS) Key West overnight Sept. 27, causing flood damage and prompting evacuations of Navy personnel and families.

At 10 p.m. Sept 27, NAS Key West emergency responders evacuated 61 residents from base housing to Navy Gateway Inn & Suites after a higher-than-forecast storm surge unexpectedly flooded homes on the Truman Annex. Navy Federal Firefighters and first responders with the evacuation.

Captain Elizabeth Regoli, commanding officer of NAS Key West, later issued a mandatory evacuation for low-lying areas in Sigsbee Park housing due to high tide and storm surge anticipated today between 12-4 p.m. on the Gulf side of the installation. Emergency accommodations will be available for displaced residents at Fly Navy-Navy Gateway Inns & Suites.

For Navy personnel residing off installation, follow the Monroe County Emergency Management website for information about shelters nearest you.

"The safety of our Navy personnel and their families is my top priority," said Captain Regoli. "We will continue to direct all resources possible towards the safe relocation and emergency assistance for those displaced by Hurricane Ian." ~

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