Emergency Management

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Active Shooter Response

If you are in immediate danger during a shooting incident, ESCAPE from the scene or HIDE OUT. During your ESCAPE, plan your route, leave your belongings behind and exit with your hands visible. This will help Security Forces personnel in identifying you as a non-threat. As soon as possible and when safe to do so, contact 911.

As a last resort, if you find yourself in a life or death situation, take action. Attempt to incapacitate or act with physical aggression. Law enforcement’s purpose is to stop the active shooter as soon as possible. Officers will proceed directly to the area where the last shots were heard. Officers will arrive in teams of two or four. Officers will be armed with handguns and may have rifles or shotguns. Officers may shout commands, and may push people to the ground for safety.

How to React When Law Enforcement Arrives

Remain calm and follow the officer’s instructions. Put down any items in your hands, (i.e. bags, jackets) immediately raise your hands and spread your fingers. Keep your hands visible at all times. Avoid making quick movements toward officers or holding on to them for safety. Avoid pointing, screaming and yelling. Do not stop to ask officers for help or direction when evacuating; proceed in the direction from which officers are entering the premises.

Shelter in Place Before an Emergency Occurs

  • Ensure personnel are familiar with your Shelter-In-Place plan.
  • Ensure sector and block signs are posted on all entrances to the facility.
  • Select a room suitable to serve as a shelter during emergencies. Rooms should have as few windows, vents and doors as possible.
  • Establish a Shelter-In-Place checklist.
  • Exercise your plan twice a year.

When Directed to Shelter In Place:

  • Shut and latch all windows and doors.
  • Tape up signs stating your building is sheltering in place. (Is it Real World or Exercise?)
  • Turn off air handling equipment. (Building custodians contact the 87th Civil Engineer Squadron at 754-2388 for further instruction.)
  • Go to predetermined sheltering room.
  • Seal windows, vents and doors with sheets of plastic and duct tape as required.
  • Notify your Unit Control Center of your accountability.
  • Check email, listen to 1650 radio station, watch television and listen for giant voice announcements for further instructions.
  • When the “all clear” is announced, open all windows and doors, turn on ventilation systems, and go outside until the buildings air has been exchanged with new clean outdoor air.

Your Shelter-In-Place Kit Should Include:

  • Pre-cut plastic sheeting to fit over windows, vents, or doors in
    sheltering area.
  • Rolls of duct tape used to secure plastic over windows, vents and doors.
  • A battery operated radio with fresh batteries.
  • A flashlight with fresh batteries.
  • A dust mask, gloves and trash bags for cleanup.
  • A fire extinguisher (in the room or nearby).
  • A first aid kit (in the room or nearby).
  • A personalized checklist.

Adverse Weather

Inclement Weather

When adverse weather occurs, members must know installation procedures to safely arrive at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. Base officials have three options when adverse weather makes driving conditions hazardous for drivers.

BASE CLOSURE (Phase A): JB MDL is closed to all operations except emergency launches, recoveries and mobilization training. Only mission, weather essential A or ­emergency essential personnel required to restore the joint base to limited operations.

LIMITED OPERATIONS (Phase B): JB MDL is open for limited operations. Only ­mission, weather essential A and B or emergency essential personnel are required to report for duty to maintain and support limited operations and prepare the joint base for full operations.

DELAYED REPORTING: All non-essential personnel must report for duty as soon as conditions permit. Personnel deemed mission, weather essential A and B or emergency essential should report to work as scheduled and exercise extreme caution when reporting. Additional delays may be directed by mission partner commanders/directors due to road hazards and/or safety concerns.

Early Release

Mission partners are responsible for managing early release for all non-essential personnel within their organization when the joint base commander initiates this action. The goal is to stagger departure times to alleviate congestion and to allow those who live farthest from the base to leave first. Supervisors, Directors and Commanders should schedule release for all non-essential personnel subject to mission requirements.

Personnel Reporting Categories:

Mission, Weather Essential A and Emergency Essential. Individuals designated in advance to maintain service, activities, schedules and needed to restore the base to limited operations regardless of any dismissal authorization due to weather.

Mission, Weather Essential B and Emergency Essential. Individuals designated in advance to maintain and support limited operations.

Non-Essential. Individuals not designated as mission, weather essential A and B or ­emergency essential.

When the Joint Base Commander decides to initiate any of these actions, the Joint Base Public Affairs Office and Command Post are notified and disseminate the information and specific reporting procedures through all available means of communication (i.e., base informational lines, public website, Facebook (, Twitter (, e-mail or you can download the MyBaseGuide App.).

The Joint Base’s Informational Lines
(609) 754-BASE (2273) and (732) 323-SNOW (7669) are also updated with current information regarding weather delays, closures or early releases.

If the base goes into mission, weather essential A or emergency essential reporting, the dining facilities and lodging will continue to operate to the maximum extent possible to meet the needs of customers.

Road Conditions

Road condition advisories for Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst are:

  • Green: Roads are clear and dry. Drivers will comply with normal vehicle operating procedures and posted speed limits.
  • Yellow: The roads are wet and may be slippery due to ice, snow, or reduced visibility. All drivers should exercise caution and must reduce speeds to 5 mph below the posted speed limit.
  • Red: The road conditions are hazardous due to ice, snow, high winds, heavy precipitation, or reduced visibility. All drivers who must be on the road should use extreme caution and reduce speeds to 15 mph throughout the joint base and 5 mph in all housing areas and parking lots.
  • Black: The road conditions are extremely ­hazardous due to ice, snow, high winds, heavy precipitation or reduced visibility. Only those required by their commander and/or director to report for duty are authorized to drive on base. Drivers must exercise extreme caution when reporting for duty.

Road conditions will be posted at all gates, the joint base public website and on base marquees.

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