Holiday RODS

Holiday RODS



2019 Holiday Message from the Honorable Thomas B. Modly:  

Acting Secretary of the Navy


  1. It is once again that time of year when we celebrate the holidays and the events that surround our traditions. It is a joyous season to spend time with family and friends, reflect on all that we have accomplished over the past year, and prepare for the challenges that lay ahead in 2020.
  2. As the Acting Secretary of the Navy, I have witnessed incredible achievements by our Sailors, Marines, and Civilians to foster peace, provide presence, and ensure stability. I am proud of all your accomplishments achieved through teamwork, flawless execution, and commitment to our mission.
  3. While the holidays provide a unique opportunity to celebrate, I ask each of you to apply vigilance, forethought, and sound decision?making. The hazards that are common to the holidays span from travel related fatigue, electrical fires, to falls from ladders, and irresponsible use of alcohol, among others. Sadly, in 2018, we lost six of our fellow warriors between Thanksgiving and the New Year, four due to private motor vehicle mishaps and one due to off?duty recreational activities. We need to be especially watchful of our fellow Marines, Sailors, and Civilians as, historically, the holiday season is a time of cheer, but also a time of depression for many in our ranks. Every loss is a tragedy for families, friends, and co?workers. The Department needs you back at work, but more importantly, your friends and family need you in their lives.
  4. This holiday season, please take every opportunity to celebrate safely and responsibly. For those of you unable to be with family and friends due to operational commitments, please know you are in our thoughts. We salute your patriotism and devotion to our mission and wish you and your families a happy holiday season and a safe and prosperous New Year.   

Wind Safety

Winds are common in the Monterey Bay during winter and they have the potential to bring down trees (especially eucalyptus), power lines and signs, and can turn unsecured objects into dangerous projectiles. Listed below are some tips to keep in mind during high wind warnings.

If you are caught outside during high winds:

  • Take cover next to a building or under a secure shelter
  • Stand clear of roadways or train tracks, as a gust may blow you into the path of an oncoming vehicle
  • Use handrails where available, and avoid elevated areas such as roofs
  • Watch for flying debris. Tree limbs may break and street signs may come loose during strong winds 


If you see a tree on campus that has broken or breaking limbs, please report it to Public Works at 831-656-2526 or you can report the hazard to the NPS Safety Office.


Pet Safety

  • Pets can be tempted to eat tinsel, which can block the intestines.  Trees provide a great temptation for cats to climb and dogs to chew on, so holiday trees should be secured to prevent accidents.
  • Turkey and chicken bones can be a tempting for dogs but can splinter and penetrate their digestive tracts.
  • Don’t give chocolate to dogs. It contains theobromine, which can over-stimulate a dog’s heart, especially small dogs, and can be fatal. 
  • Poinsettias are not poisonous, but their sap is an irritant and can make an animal hyper-salivate,  paw at the head and mouth, and vomit if ingested.
  • Some pets like to chew on electrical cords and play with ornaments. Hang them out of pets’ reach.  Ingestion of ornaments, glass, ribbons and bows can lead to serious medical emergencies. 


Holiday Traveling

  • Give yourself plenty of time to get where you are going
  • Make sure your vehicle is in good repair
  • If you drink… don’t drive
  • Always use safety belts and child safety seats
  • Maintain a safe distance between vehicles
  • Get a good night’s sleep before traveling
  • Avoid eating heavy meals, as this can lead to sleepiness


Crime Prevention

  • According to the National Crime Prevention Council, 1 out of 10 homes will be burglarized this year.  
  • Don’t open the door to anyone you don’t know and don’t advertise departures. 
  • Holiday gifts should not be visible through the windows and/or doors of your home.  
  • Make sure porches, entrances, and yards are well-lit.            
  • Be aware that criminals sometimes pose as couriers delivering gifts. 
  • Don’t advertise new electronics or other valuables by putting the boxes out on the curb for the garbage collectors. Break them down and fold them to where the words are on the inside.
  • Lock doors and windows when you leave your home, even for a few minutes. Keep them locked while you are home.     



Navy's Travel Risk Planning System (TRiPS)

NRSW Holiday Decoration Requirements for NPS Spaces


Holiday Safety Grams




Christmas Trees

Artificial Logs

Driving in Snow and Ice

Holiday Stress


Frostbite and Hypothermia

Holiday Decorating and Entertaining

Winter Holiday Hazards

Winter Storms

Winterizing Your Car