Installations throughout Naval District Washington (NDW) made preparations to mitigate the impact of Hurricane Sandy, which brought severe weather to the Washington, D.C. area Oct. 29 and 30.
Some NDW installations are in low lying areas along the Chesapeake Bay, Anacostia and Potomac Rivers, and required additional precautions against flooding.
“We have prepositioned sand bags to cover those historically flood prone areas and have secured roads and parking facilities in the flood zone,” said Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling commanding officer Capt. Anthony T. Calandra.
At the Washington Navy Yard alone, over 900 sandbags were placed around buildings in preparation of the storm, with an additional 900 on standby in the case of extensive flooding.
Installations in NDW were shut down to all but essential emergency personnel Oct. 29 and 30 due to safety concerns related to the hurricane conditions. Before, during and after the storm, emergency operations centers at installations in NDW coordinated emergency response and recovery efforts, as well as maintained communications with the Naval District Washington Regional Operations Center and other emergency command centers, as needed.