HURCON 3 declared at MacDill

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  • By 6th Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs

As of 12 p.m. July 5, 2021, MacDill Air Force Base is now in Hurricane Condition (HURCON) 3.

Destructive winds are POSSIBLE within 48 hours.

Take appropriate preparation actions. Evacuation of the installation is not directed at this time.

Contact your assigned unit with any questions.

Actions to consider:


  • Have a plan for family members with special medical needs and pets.
  • Ensure disaster supply kit is well stocked with food, water, batteries, toiletries and clothing.
  • Gather important documents or place in a fire/waterproof location.
  • Fuel all vehicles. Keep at least half a tank of fuel in vehicles at all times even if no hurricane is due.
  • Ensure to have adequate cash on hand.
  • Bring in outdoor objects and anchor objects that can’t be brought inside.
  • Secure your home by closing and boarding up windows and removing outside antennas.
  • Turn refrigerator and freezer to coldest settings. Open only when necessary and close quickly.
  • Store drinking water in disinfected bathtubs, jugs, bottles and cooking pots.
  • Review evacuation plan and assemble your emergency supply kit.
  • Secure boats and/or RVs or move to a designated safe place. Use ropes or tie down straps to secure boats to trailers. Use tie-downs to anchor boat trailers and/or RVs to the ground or structures.
  • Make a record of your personal property. Take photos or video of the exterior and interior of your home, including personal belongings. Store the documents in a safe place. If directed to evacuate, take the documents with you.


  • Listen to local radio or television for progress reports.
  • Take refuge in a small interior room, closet or hallway in your residence. If in a multiple story building, go to the first or second floors and stay in interior rooms away from windows.
  • Stay inside and away from windows, skylights and glass doors.
  • Keep curtains and blinds closed.
  • Do not go outside when the eye passes over. Winds and rain will soon resume.


  • If in a safe location, stay there until directed by local authorities that it is safe to leave.
  • If you evacuated your community, do not return until authorities say it is safe.
  • Tune into local radio and television stations for information about caring for your household, where to find medical help and how to apply for assistance.
  • Do not drink or prepare food with tap water until notified that it is safe.
  • Talk to your children about what happened and what they can do to help.
  • Stay away from downed power lines and report them to the power company.
  • Enter your home with caution. Beware of insects and animals driven to higher ground by the floodwaters.
  • Open windows and doors to ventilate and dry your home.
  • Drive only if necessary and avoid flooded roads and washed-out bridges.
  • Report property damage to your insurance agent immediately.

For more information on the HURCON levels visit the MacDill hurricane page. The MacDill Facebook page will be continually updating as the storm progresses.