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Disasters affect hundreds of thousands of people every year, some with little to no advance warning. It may happen at your local Navy installation. It may happen to you.  While the Navy, emergency management, and first responders are committed to helping those in need; assistance may be delayed during a disaster. As part of the Navy community, you have a role in planning for emergencies -- Be/Stay informed. Make a plan. Build a kit.

USS Arizona and Other Pearl Harbor Survivors Recount Their Stories at 73 Year Anniversary Gathering

PEARL HARBOR (Dec. 2, 2014) John D. Anderson, left, Donald G. Stratton, Louis A. Conter and Lauren F. Bruner pass through an honor cordon of service members as they arrive at the Arizona Memorial Visitor Center to attended a press conference as part of the USS Arizona Reunion Association's annual meeting. They are four of the remaining nine survivors aboard the battleship USS Arizona (BB 39) during the Dec. 7, 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Laurie Dexter/Released)

Retired Air Force Chief Warrant Officer Jay C. Groff Jr., a 92-year-old Pearl Harbor survivor, recounted his story about his attack on Pearl Harbor to the staff at Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) headquarters in Washington, D.C., during a remembrance ceremony Dec. 3.

"That was the first time I was scared," said Groff. "I could see the bombs coming down through the ceiling." Groff explained that the thick reinforced concrete walls in the barracks sheltered him from the blast and probably saved his life.                    Read More


When Admiral Nimitz said this in a speech at the University of California 22 March 1950, he recognized the resiliency of Sailors during that time and the important role each member of the Navy community plays in Navy and personal readiness. It is a sentiment that still rings true today of the 21st Century Sailor - empowered to prepare ourselves and our families to face any hazards with confidence and an outcome of success.


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Jeff Sanford, Emergency Management Specialist, N37, Commander, Navy Installations Command shares information on the Ready Navy website during National Preparedness Month.
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