HII’s Ingalls Shipbuilding shares hurricane preparation plans

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HII’s Ingalls Shipbuilding division in Pascagoula, Mississippi hosted a local TV station Tuesday, June 4, to discuss year-round preparations for heavy weather events such as hurricanes to ensure the safety of their shipbuilders, facilities, and vessels.  WLOX were able to speak with heavy weather planners about what it takes in preparing for any tropical activity that threatens the Gulf Coast.

See the full story and TV coverage from WLOX here how Ingalls Shipbuilding prepares for hurricane season and how the team guarantees the safety of their shipbuilders before, during and after a storm.

Ingalls Shipbuilding shares ‘robust’ hurricane preparedness plans

(WLOX, June 4, 2024 By Destiny Polster)

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (WLOX) – Even during the off-season, Ingalls Shipbuilding spends time creating plans to better prepare for the six months when the possibility of a hurricane increases.

With employees that travel from parts of Louisiana, Florida, and of course Mississippi, some are affected by weather that might not directly impact the coast.

“The first thing we discuss is how to take care of our employees,” Willie Fairley, the Ingalls Construction Services and Ship Completion Director says.

Fairley says it’s important to protect the shipyard’s materials and assets- but says employees are the number one asset.

“When we reach June first, it’s time to execute the plan, then we perform exercises to make sure everyone knows their roles and responsibilities,” Justin McArthur, the Ingalls Facilities and Heavy Weather Director says. “There are a tremendous number of departments and personnel we rely on to perform hundreds and hundreds of tasks. All of that has to be executed flawlessly in order to have a successful reaction to a storm.”

Full story here.


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