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Navy's annual hurricane readiness exercise begins Wednesday

PEARL HABOR (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Navy Region Hawaii will perform its annual hurricane readiness exercise from May 25 to June 2 at the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam and Pacific Missile Range Facility.

HURREX gives the Navy an opportunity to conduct emergency preparedness and restoration plans prior to hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to Nov. 30.

"The exercise is designed to prepare the Navy to respond to weather threats to the region and to maintain the ability to deploy forces even under the most adverse weather conditions," said Mike Smith, Navy Region Hawaii's director of training and readiness. "Exercise objectives include improving awareness of actions the Navy is taking in responding to the threat of natural disaster, increasing awareness of its capabilities to protect personnel and family members, and supporting requests from civil authorities when responding to threats of a natural disaster."

According to Smith, HURREX helps the Navy practice and review emergency management plans before a disaster occurs.

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