Got storm damage? Here's what to do.
August 10, 2003
KADENA AIR BASE, Okinawa — The Air Force will conduct public briefings this week for individuals claiming damage caused by Typhoon Etau.
They’re scheduled for 10-11:30 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the Rocker NCO Club, according to 2nd Lt. Timothy Lundberg, an 18th Wing spokesman.
Army and Navy personnel are being advised to contact their respective legal offices for information.
Marines on Okinawa, including civilians attached to Marine Corps units, should contact the Claims Section at the Marine Corps Base Staff Judge Advocate’s office.
“We’d like them to first call me at 645-7460,” claims supervisor Judy Barney said Friday. “That way, I can determine what kind of claim form they need and can e-mail it to them.”
Her office is in the basement of Camp Foster’s Building 1. It’s open for claims Monday through Thursday from 8 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m.
Typhoon Etau brought sustained winds exceeding 57 mph from 3 p.m. Wednesday to 3 a.m. Friday. The strongest recorded were 112 mph early Thursday.
Damage estimates for the bases were not immediately available.
“Several facilities on Kadena received minor exterior damage, including the NCO Club, Auto Hobby Shop, 33rd Rescue Squadron Hangar and the Civil Engineering Group Readiness Warehouse,” Lundberg said. “Electrical outages occurred at several places; however, there doesn’t appear to be any major damage.”
Kadena officials “are currently assessing the extent of damage caused by Typhoon Etau and are working hard to restore power,” he said. “We understand how this affects people, especially at home, and teams are working hard to restore power as quickly as possible.”
Marine Corps bases had no initial reports of major damage. Scattered power outages were reported.
Barney suggested the following initial steps be made by persons filing claims with her office:
• Take photos or videos of any damaged property.• Get two estimates of repairs from garages for any damaged vehicles. If the first estimate is for more than the vehicle is worth, only one estimate or statement is required.• Do not dispose of any damaged property unless it becomes smelly, or moldy or presents a health risk. Do not dispose of any large furniture items unless specifically instructed to do so by claims personnel.• Make sure you have estimates for repairs, verification of replacement costs, and the title, military registration and insurance paperwork for all damaged vehicles.