Emergency Management - Safety
Note: This guidance was created for the Naval Postgraduate School population. If you are from another command, the information provided here may be useful for you, but it is also highly recommended that you check with your command for any special guidance or considerations.
WILDFIRE SEASON 2023
Within NRSW AOR, wildfires present a significant threat to Navy personnel, property, missions, and usually occur seasonally, generally from 1 May through 30 November but may be extended based on local conditions, e.g., prolonged drought. Due to the seasonal nature of the threat, Installation Commanding Officers (CO) must ensure they are routinely taking actions to prepare for and mitigate the potential impact of wildfires during periods of low risk. Once the wildfire hazard season commences, Installation COs must be prepared to respond to wildfires.
Wildfire: A fire in an area of combustible vegetation that is declared by the incident commander to be uncontrolled. Wildfire is also known as a wildland fire. The primary means for determining when a fire is determined to be a wildfire is via direct reporting by the responding fire agency (e.g., Cal Fire or a county’s fire department) or via local news reporting.
Alerts and Warnings:
Fire Weather Alerts: The National Weather Service Weather Forecasting Offices as well as the U.S. Forest Service issue fire weather alerts for defined geographic areas when weather conditions conducive for extreme wildfires are forecasted (high winds, high temperatures, low humidity, very dry vegetation). When issued, these alerts provide commands with an opportunity to establish a posture to ensure rapid response to a wildfire. Though a fire weather alert does not precede all wildfires, it does provide a clear warning of heightened risk.
Red Flag Warning: An alert issued up to 12-24 hours prior to the onset of conditions conducive to extreme wildfire behavior.
Fire Weather Watch: An alert that may be issued up to 24-48 hours prior to the onset of Red Flag conditions. Depending on forecast modeling, the NWS may not issue this notification prior to issuing a Red Flag Warning.
Wildfire Risk Areas:
- Special Areas: Camp Roberts, NAVPMSSOP Santa Cruz, Point Sur, Marina Airport and La Mesa are in High-Risk Areas
- NSAM, Annex, Beach Lab, Golf Course Blue cove and Del Monte Ave Median areas are relatively low risk
Local Fire and Emergency Services:
- The City of Monterey Fire Department has six stations available that are staffed 24/7 to respond to all assistance calls for the City of Monterey, City of Carmel, City of Pacific Grove, City of Sand City, Naval Postgraduate School, Defense Language Institute, La Mesa Village, and the Monterey Peninsula Airport District.
- Each station is capable of responding to structural firefighting; emergency medical services response (basic life support); confined space and technical rescue; disaster response; and mutual aid to the local community.
- Each station employs Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) or Paramedics with advanced medical skills to perform emergency medical services at the incident site.
- Mutual aid agreements ensure that all six stations are available to assist NSAM.
Sources For Determining Risk of Wildfires:
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
- National Weather Service (https://www.weather.gov/fire)
- California Dept of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire)
- U.S. Forest Service
- Bureau of Land Management
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
- Monterey County Alerts: https://local.nixle.com/county/ca/monterey/
- AlertMontereyCounty - Sign up, click here.
- Nixle - To receive emergency information, for daily fire updates for the River and Carmel fires text MCFIRES2020 to 888777.
- Call or text 211.
- Call, Operators can provide updated fire and evacuation information.
- Text “fire” or “wildfire” to 211-211, add your zip code and receive links to current information.
REPORTING/REQUESTING work for damaged areas at NPS-- Contact Public Works: https://nps.edu/group/public-works
Emergency Work Requests: Call (831) 656-2526 (manned 24/7/365)
Routine Work Requests: Please email NAVFAC-SW-Monterey-Service-Desk@us.navy.mil
Contact your supervisor and NPS Command Duty Officer (CDO@nps.edu) 831-901-6649 to inform them of your situation.
NPS Travel Office: https://nps.edu/web/travel/evacuations
If an authorized patron (AD, DOD, Retiree) has been forced to evacuate their residence because of the fires, reservations at the RV Park or NGIS for the duration of the evacuation order for their residence (patron expense), is allowed.
Call the NGIS front desk directly, 831-920-0974 ext4
Quick Contact List – NSAM Police Department Duty Phone Numbers: Watch Commander: 831-392-7228; Patrol Supervisor: 831-901-6115; SECO 831-200-5067.
- City of Monterey
- Monterey County Emergency Services
- Monterey Bay Air Resources District
- Wild Fire Smoke Resources
- Air Quality information
- Wind Map
Incidents/Thermal Hotspots/Smoke Forecast: https://disasterresponse.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=2ff1677111ae4018ac705fcce7c3312f
U.S. Forest Service smoke map forecast: https://tools.airfire.org/websky/v2/run/standard/CANSAC-1.33km/2020081800#viewer
Current air quality and air quality forecast:
Monterey County Fire Agencies--radio feed: https://www.broadcastify.com/webPlayer/20102
SPCA Shelter for pets: https://www.spcamc.org/for-pet-owners/prepare-for-a-disaster/
Next big storm resources:
- Access up-to-date weather information at: weather.gov
- Prepare for disasters with this Disaster Ready Guide
- Sign up for emergency alerts as they become available for each county:
- Prepare for stormy weather in advance with PG&E's safety tips.
- Know before you go – Caltrans Road Conditions: QuickMap
Get the latest emergency information from your county websites here:
Controls for particulate material in the air, are similar to what we are doing now for COVID. Stay inside, wear a mask if outside to control for gross contamination, monitor progress in the event you must evacuate your area. If personnel are susceptible (vulnerable population), It is highly recommended to shelter in place (stay indoors). Vulnerable populations are those who have diseases which can be aggravated by PM, see below for more information.
Health effects can be immediately felt by sensitive groups. Healthy individuals may have trouble breathing and throat irritation with prolonged exposure. Particulate material (PM) is high for PM 10 and 2.5. PM10 affects the upper respiratory tract (nose, throat, and bronchioles) while PM2.5 affects the lower respiratory tract (lungs).
PM10: Exposure can result in eye and throat irritation, coughing or difficulty breathing, and aggravated asthma.
PM2.5: The most severe impacts are on the lungs and heart. Exposure can result in coughing or difficulty breathing, aggravated asthma, and the development of chronic respiratory disease.
CONUS DoD Evacuations:
For questions contact Mr. Carr at NPS Travel, email@example.com
Emergencies happen, often with little or no notice. By taking action beforehand, you can be prepared for any emergency. Be Ready Navy—Be informed before, during, and after an incident; make a written family emergency plan; and build an emergency supply kit good for at least three days.
Emergency Response at Work:
In the event of an emergency, the Navy expects all personnel, families, contractors, and others affiliated with a Navy installation to be prepared to take the appropriate action: evacuate, move to a civilian shelter, move to a designated safe haven, or temporarily shelter in place. You also should be able to recognize the mass warning and notification systems.
See the links below for information for the following scenarios:
- Build a Kit
- How to prepare, wildfire
- Shutting off power for safety
- Evacuations from a Navy Installation
- Safe Havens for Navy Personnel
- Civilian Shelters for Navy Personnel
- Sheltering-in-Place at a Navy Installation
- OCONUS Emergency Actions
- Mass Warning and Notifications at Navy Installations
Know the Exits!
Remember, your most direct path out of your building could be blocked in the event of an emergency. Know where all of the exits are for your building. Below are the floorplans for NPS Spaces.
Note, the information is FOUO and an active NPS User account is required to access them.
Know Your Workplace Hazards
Employees need to be aware of where any hazardous materials are being stored in their work space and avoid these areas in the event of a natural disaster or fire. A full listing of the hazards for all NPS Spaces can be found on our "Know Your Workplace Hazards" page.
The purpose of evacuation is too safely and quickly lead occupants off the installation to a safe assembly point located a safe distance away from the installation. When necessary, NSAM Force Protection will control traffic and crowds during an evacuation. Buildings within NPS control will evacuate their buildings in accordance with their building evacuation plans. When NPS is order to evacuate all personnel will follow the instruction of the NSAM first responders. The following illustration is how NSAM is laid out in zones. It is anticipated that NSAM will evacuate the installation by zones.
Navy-Wide Personnel Accounting
If NSAM or any of Navy community is evacuated or in a declared disaster area, the Navy will use an order to account through the Navy Family Assessment and Accounting System (NFAAS). NFAAS allows commands to account for all Active Duty, Reservist, DOD/NAF employees and Navy families. NFAAS will also be used to assist personnel if they need help.
The Navy calls an area affected by a disaster a geographic area of interest (GAOI). After a disaster, all Navy personnel and their families residing, deployed to or working within a GAOI are required to check in at the first available opportunity. There are three options available to check in.
- Members and employees can check in directly with their commands and provide their family's status and whereabouts. This is the primary way to account. Commands will upload the information into NFAAS.
- If they are unable to reach their command, Sailors, family members and civilians can muster on NFAAS at https://navyfamily.navy.mil.
- If unsuccessful, the third option is to account by phone through the Navy Emergency Coordination Center at 1-877-414-5358 or 1-866-827-5672 (TDD 1-866-297-1971).
After mustering, it is equally important that member complete a needs assessment in NFAAS if they are impacted by the event.
If a member or Navy family needs help following a declared disaster, the Navy has resources that can support them during the emergency. NFAAS has a user-friendly assessment tool to coordinate and prioritize disaster-related needs. 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, counseling and mortuary and funeral assistance.
Once disaster-related needs are identified, a case manager from a Fleet and Family Support Center is assigned. The case manager will contact the Navy family member to assist them with support that ranges from the urgent to the informational.
Access to the assessment information is restricted. Details of the assessment will not be provided to anyone outside the case management team without the provider's approval.
Before a Disaster
Providing contact information is critical in providing support to Department of the Navy personnel and their dependents during the recovery period following a disaster. NFAAS is the system utilized by the Navy to account for personnel and their families during widespread natural or man- made disasters. Accurate contact information of personnel and family members is required to facilitate a quick and accurate muster of personnel in affected areas.
All Personnel are required to log on to NFAAS and update their recall information quarterly.
AtHoc has replaced DesktopAlert (NPSAlerts) as NSA Monterey's mass notification system. AtHoc allows NSA Monterey’s Emergency Management Office to quickly and effectively communicate critical information to NSA Monterey personnel in emergency situations through numerous communications channels, including desktop popups, email alerts, mobile app alerts, phone calls, and SMS/text notifications.
Personnel are encouraged to update their AtHoc Self Service profile with their work location(s) and additional contact methods. For instructions or more information about NSA Monterey’s AtHoc, click here
Family Response Plans:
Every individual or family should have a preparedness plan, complete with a list of contacts during an emergency. Making an emergency preparedness plan empowers you. It save lives, property, and time, and reduces stress. Are you and your family ready for an emergency?
Click the links below to open a form you can fill out to make a Family Emergency Plan and Contact Cards.
For more helpful information on Emergency Preparedness, see www.ready.navy.mil
NSAM Emergency Management Plan:
The governing base instruction for Emergency Management is NSAMINST 3400.1 (series). To view the latest copy of the instruction and the supporting documents, go to Gateway 2.0 and log in.
If you have a valid CAC, you are able to enter Gateway 2.0 as an anonymous user. Anonymous user allows an individual to browse public areas. All CNIC users will have Elevated Access in Gateway 2.0 as long as they have performed TWMS Self-Service. The Self-Registration process allows a non-CNIC CAC user to move from Anonymous to Elevated Access. Users can Register Here.
The below documents are FOUO and require an NPS User acount to View.
Supplemental Documents to NSAMINST 3440.1A:
Support Annexes (SA):
Functional Area Annexes (FAA):
Hazard Specific Appendices: