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Hurricane / Tropical Storm Protection for Military Airbases
     Hurricane Protection for Military Airbases (Storm Preparation Technologies for
     Air Force Bases, Naval and Marine Corps Air Stations, and Army Aviation Airfields)

     When the wind speeds of a tropical storm reach 74 mph, the storm is defined as a hurricane when it occurs in the North Atlantic or the Caribbean.  In the western Pacific Ocean, hurricanes are called typhoons. In the Indian Ocean region, the term cyclone is used.  The Atlantic Ocean’s hurricane season runs from June 1st to November 30.  However the hurricane season normally peaks from mid-August to late October.  Over the past five decades, each season averages five to six hurricanes. 


     These storms often bring great destruction.  When a hurricane makes landfall, it creates a storm surge that can reach 20 feet (6 meters) in height.  Storm surge can travel several miles inland. The area covered by a storm surge can extend up to 100 miles (161 kilometers).  Most hurricane related deaths (+90%) result from the storm surge.  The high winds are also extremely destructive.  Hurricanes may spawn numerous deadly tornadoes.  For example, a hurricane in Texas caused more than 140 tornados.  Torrential rains can produce significant damage through regional flooding and resulting landslides.  The devastating effects of a hurricane can occur many miles inland from the hurricane's initial landfall.   


    Military airbases located along the coastal areas of the United States (and many airbases abroad) have experienced significant damage from hurricanes and tropical storms.  Damage and destruction to airbase facilities, aircraft, and equipment can wreak havoc on military flight and ground operations.  Damage caused by high winds is a primary cause of hurricane-inflicted loss of life, injury, and property damage.  But another significant cause of damage stems from flooding resulting from the coastal storm surge of the ocean and the heavy, persistent rainfall.  When this occurs, aircraft sortie production and mission readiness can be significantly impaired for extended periods of time.  This mission degradation often causes a negative ripple effect at other military airbases and installations across the United States and internationally.  


     The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has stated that for hurricane vulnerable areas, impact-resistant glass and shutters specifically designed to meet a combination of impact and continuous pressure from the wind are needed to protect buildings. Reinforcing windows and doors is an essential step towards creating a critical barrier to protect a building from wind, wind-borne debris and water damage.  If a building's windows are breached, a hurricane's wind can exert pressure on the roof and walls, causing the collapse of the building.  Much of the damage that occurs from a hurricane results from failure of a building's windows and doors. These failures can initiate interior wall failure and even roof failure. 


     For aircraft hangars and large warehouse structures, the weakest structural point is typically the doors.  Large moving access doors found in aircraft hangars and warehouse loading docks can easily buckle and collapse under pressure from high winds.  For this reason, heavy, reinforced door systems are a smart investment for military airbases and aviation support facilities located in hurricane prone areas.  

     In order to minimize damage to facilities, aircraft, equipment, and injury/death to personnel, airbases along or near vulnerable coastlines must adequately prepare for hurricanes and tropical storms.  Airbase hurricane protection measures and contingency plans must be supported by reliable, capable equipment and technologies. Civil engineering and disaster preparedness personnel must be trained and prepared to properly use this equipment.


Protecting Military Airbases from the Forces of Nature

     The National Aerospace Organization is hosting a symposium and exposition on November 15th, 2012 to address new technologies and innovations for effectively protecting military airbases and commercial airports from hurricanes, tropical storms and other common destructive natural forces.  Exciting presentations will be provided to explain and demonstrate the most effective technologies, construction innovations, and equipment for minimizing the destructive forces of nature upon military airbases and its personnel.  



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Protecting Military Airbases
Commercial Airports
Against the Forces of Nature

Exposition and Symposium

November 15, 2012
Hilton Oceanfront Hotel (Cocoa Beach, Florida)

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