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Sunday, August 28, 2005

Keesler AFB question 

From Chris McCandlish: Good evening. I've just returned to Ohio from vacation that took us to a girfriend of mine at Keesler AFB. We went to New Orleans as well, but thankfully her senior officer called her vacation short on Saturday and saved us all from today's traffic. However, I am deeply concerned for her safety on the base. The student population is being sheltered on the base while most of the remaining base population has been evacuated. Is she safe on the base shelter? It's a very short distance from the ocean and not too much higher than sea level. If anybody is familiar with base please let us know. She is very close to my heart right now. All who are on the coast are close to all of the nation's hearts. Thanks for the question. We get this question just about every storm, but there are places at Kessler built as bomb shelters to withstand a storm. They also are confident there's enough elevation there to protect against storm surge.

i have a boyfriend there to and as far as i know everyone that was at the base is there and accounted for and healthy no one got hurt that is what the Grand Forks, ND AFB said but i wish you the best of luck if you have anymore questions you can email me at wish you the best of luck i am trying too!
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