Humphreys prepares for typhoon season
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Camp Humphreys' post-wide units prepare for the typhoon season during spring cleanup, April 15-19.

Every year, the USAG Humphreys Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security (DPTMS) team collaborates with all units on post to start their spring cleanup.

The cleanup gives an opportunity for tenants to check their buildings for any safety hazards materials within their area of operations. They are required to ensure work orders submissions are scheduled, safety checks of buildings are done, and debris in gutters and tree limbs are removed and cleared.

"Spring cleaning does not only cleanup the installation, but it also prepares us for destructive weather," said Master Sgt. Levi Kaplan, USAG Humphreys DPTMS NCOIC.

"Typhoon season in Korea is just around the corner, starting in July and continuing through September. During this time, we should be removing things that are going to fall down or get blown over from the buildings, and have a plan to secure them is the best way to be prepared, especially if a typhoon is predicted to hit this area," he said. Having a plan to take care of that is key."

Supplies like sandbags and trash bags are available for units at the Self Help store, located in Bldg. 1019.

"This is also a good time to make sure you are registered in the AtHoc system[emergency alert system]. To register, contact your unit," said Kaplan.

Kaplan also recommends that when service members and their families have old furniture to throw away, they are encouraged to coordinate these efforts with the local Korean dump companies.

Also, picking up bulk furniture is a unit's responsibility, or that of the individuals who owns the furniture, he said. If an office moves or is being renovated, it is also the unit's responsibility to ensure the items are scheduled for pick-up and not thrown near the dumpsters. It is also illegal and punishable under UCMJ for off-post residents to dispose of their trash on post.

"If illegally dumped items are health hazard materials, and/or a safety concern and not scheduled to be moved, costs for pickup could reallocate funds from other projects to be redirected to bulk cleanup," said Kaplan.

For questions about spring cleaning or on-post bulk pick up, please call the DPW helpdesk at DSN 756-6068 or commercial 050-336-6068.