Coast Guard in Action – January 13, 2010

Haiti Relief

Around 5 p.m. EST yesterday, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake centered 10 nautical miles south of Port Au Prince, Haiti. CGC Forward arrived off Port Au Prince this morning, equipped with a helicopter flight deck, satellite communications equipment, and the ability to provide coordination to military aircraft in the area. The CGC Mohawk, is scheduled to arrive this afternoon. Two Coast Guard C-130 airplanes from Air Station Clearwater are flying the coast of Western Haiti this morning providing damage assessments and searching for people in need of assistance. Two Coast Guard helicopters are also forward deployed in the area to provide rescue or other assistance as needed.

Two more cutters, CGC Tahoma and CGC Valiant, are standing by for tasking as directed.

The President designated the Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Dr. Raj Shah, to be the Unified Disaster Coordinator. United States Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) has activated a crisis action team to assess the situation and Department of State has implemented the Disaster Response Plan to support efforts in Haiti. Other Department of Homeland Security and U.S. assets are also responding.

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HAZMAT Response

UPDATE: Yesterday’s HAZMAT release in Morehead City, NC, has been mitigated. No damage or injuries were reported and no chemical entered the water. It is reported that a forklift accidentally penetrated nine drums on a pallet containing 18 drums of PETN (Pentaerythritol Tetranitrate) all encased in particle board and banded together. Approximately 3-5 pounds of PETN was released.

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Adak Unified Command

Coast Guard Sector Anchorage, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, and the responsible party have formed a Unified Command and are working with officials to mitigate and cleanup an oil spill that occurred on Monday in Adak at Adak Petroleum. The discharge came from an underground storage tank during offloading operations with a tank vessel. Approximately 3,400 barrels were released with about 1,000 gallons reaching the water.

Responders closed the locks on Helmet Creek to contain the oil and are recovering the oil from the water using absorbent boom as well as an oily water separator and vacuum trucks. Read more here.

KODIAK, Alaska - A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak HC-130 Hercules aircrew conducted an overflight the 142,800 gallon diesel spill on Adak Island Jan. 12, 2010. Adak Petroleum, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation and the U.S. Coast Guard with support from Alaska Chadux, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Alaska Department of Fish and Game, and NOAA are responding to the spill. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Lally)

KODIAK, Alaska – An AirSta Kodiak C-130 aircrew conducted an overflight the 142,800 gallon diesel spill on Adak Island Jan. 12, 2010. Adak Petroleum, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation and the Coast Guard with support from Alaska Chadux, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, and NOAA are responding to the spill. (Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Lally)

Stay tuned to the Compass for updates and imagery as these situations unfold.

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