Natural Disasters at MCRD

What to do in the case of Hurricanes at Parris Island or Fires in San Diego.

Any area of the country is subject to natural disasters. The Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) at Parris Island is subject to hurricanes. The recruit depot at San Diego, as well as other bases in the San Diego-area, area subject to fires. Being informed and understanding how the Marine Corps handles a natural disaster will help you feel confident that your son or daughter will be safe during boot camp, regardless of environmental factors.

In the event of a natural disaster at MCRD Parris Island or MCRD San Diego, we will provide links to official Marine Corps information on this page of the web site as quickly as possible.

San Diego Fire Information

Located 38 miles north of downtown San Diego, Camp Pendleton covers over 125,000 acres and approximately 200 square miles of terrain. It is an enormous base. Most often fires on Camp Pendleton are in remote areas that do not affect the families or Marines.

Hurricane Dorian Update: September 2019

The following announcement is currently on the Camp Lejeune and MCAS New River pages on in regards to Hurricane Dorian. However, Hurricane Dorian could eventually affect the other bases in the area such as MCAS Cherry Point, MCAS Beaufort, and MCRD Parris Island.

Marine Corps Air Station New River and Camp Lejeune are currently in Tropical Cyclone Condition V. (TCC V) As of the National Hurricane Center Advisory Number 29 (1100 31 Aug 2019), both bases lie to the north of Hurricane Dorian's new forecast track but well within the storms cone of uncertainty.

All base components, tenants, and community members are advised to:

  1. Police your area. Take in anything that could be picked up by the wind or carried into, and block storm drains. Ensure all windows and doors close properly. Ensure all motor transport and outdoor storage lots are carefully inspected and made as weather-safe as possible. Relocate vehicles and containers that are in low lying areas, ensure storm drains are not blocked.
  2. Individuals and families should inventory emergency supply kits. Ensure an adequate supply of no-cook shelf-stable food, drinking water, baby supplies, and prescription medications are on hand. Ensure important documents are weatherproof. Don't forget pets.
  3. If you plan to leave the area, consider your route carefully, leave early, and ensure your unit/neighbors know where you are going and how to contact you.
  4. Monitor the National Weather Service and National Hurricane Center forecasts and follow the advice they offer.

For live updates on Hurricane Dorian, you can also visit

San Diego Emergency Info

Parris Island Emergency Info

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