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Allen Smithwick, a vehicle operator for motor transport, right, passes a cot to U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Logan Youngblood, a range coach assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Cherry Point, during HURREX at the Cherry Treehouse, MCAS Cherry Point, North Carolina, May 16, 2022. HURREX is a week-long hurricane preparedness exercise held across the installation that’s intended to increase MCAS Cherry Point’s readiness for the Atlantic hurricane season. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Lauralle Walker)

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MCAS Cherry Point Conducts Exercise in Preparation for Atlantic Hurricane Season

20 May 2022 | Lance Cpl. Lauralle Walker Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point

The air station's Emergency Operations Center led the exercise, dubbed HURREX, in coordination with designated directorates. The scenario tested standing operating procedures for destructive weather events, including readiness, reporting, and response efforts.

During the exercise event the staff stood up mock emergency sheltering options and employed role players to help validate its current procedures. Part of the exercise was conducted at the Cherry Treehouse, which provides shelter for anyone with valid installation access in the event of a hurricane. During HURREX , Marines volunteered to set up cots inside the gymnasium and role-play as members of the community seeking shelter.

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