A ruptured pipe drenches third class cadets as they attempt to control the flooding during Damage Control drill on the waist on board the Coast Guard Cutter Eagle July 24, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Walter Shinn.

Mastering disaster: How to effectively practice for an emergency

How many times have you heard the old saying, practice makes perfect? Well, this month we’re telling everyone that practice makes preparedness; knowing what to do when a natural disaster strikes can save lives.


FEMA graphic on preparing a pet emergency kit. Graphic courtesy of FEMA.

Emergency Kits: The Top 10 Items Every Household Should Have

An emergency kit is essential to have for any situation that may pose a threat to accessing basic survival necessities. While your kit should be personalized to fit your own specific needs, there are 10 core items that are important to include.


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Personalizing preparedness: Having the tools you need to survive a disaster

“Why prepare?” many may ask, taking the fatalist, “whatever happens, happens” stance. Establishing an emergency plan and having a survival kit could be the difference between life and death for you and your loved ones. Mother Nature can be wicked at times and you must be prepared when she decides to unleash her fury. In other words, hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.


Petty Officer 3rd Class Kristina Manson from recieves the Spirit of Service Award from American Legion National Commander Daniel M. Dellinger and Medal of Honor recipient Kyle White. Photo by Lucas Carter.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: OS3 Kristina Manson

“I worked in middle schools before joining the Coast Guard and know just how important and influential volunteers are in an educational environment, especially active-duty military members. Seeing student’s eyes light up when they first see a Coast Guard member make an appearance to step in to help out with school events is heartwarming as well as gratifying.” – OS3 Kristina Manson


Sporting t-shirts with the motto, "Our heroes will not be forgotten," Flags Across America volunteers remember American Airlines Flight 77, hijacked by terrorists on 11 September 2001 and crashed into The Pentagon. Photo courtesy of retired Coast Guard Reserve Force Master Chief Petty Officer Mark Allen.

Remembering 9/11: Flags Across America

The U.S. Coast Guard Flags Across America program, sponsored by the Washington, D.C., Chapter of the Coast Guard Chief Petty Officers Association, gathers on Sept. 11 each year to honor the 184 American patriots who gave their lives on 9/11 at the Pentagon. Sporting t-shirts with the motto, “Our heroes will not be forgotten,” the Flags Across America volunteers remembered American Airlines Flight 77, hijacked by terrorists on 11 September 2001 and crashed into the Pentagon after it took off from Washington Dulles International Airport.


U.S. Coast Guard photo illustration by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

Never forget

Today, we pause to remember the nearly 3,000 lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001. As we remember loved ones who were taken too soon, we honor the strength and courage of those who carry on their legacy. From first responders on the day of the attacks to the first line of defense for our nation today, Coast Guard men and women remain a dedicated force in service to this great Nation.


Petty Officer 1st Class Seth Carrington uses a thermal imager to detect heat sources while Petty Officer 3rd Class Donald Delach mans a fire hose during firefighting training aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Healy while underway near Kodiak, Alaska, Aug. 28, 2014. Crew members aboard Coast Guard vessels train regularly to mitigate a variety of potential shipboard emergencies, including fire and flooding. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Eggert.

Week in the life of the Coast Guard 2014: Weekend

This Weekend is the final post for the Week in the life of the Coast Guard 2014 series. We hope you enjoyed seeing and reading about your Coast Guard in action, as well as a typical week for us. What did you learn about the Coast Guard this week? What would like to know more about? You may contact us through Facebook or email us as well. We appreciate it!


Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew Newton inspects a recently-cleaned .50 caliber machine gun aboard Cutter Beluga at Base Portsmouth, Va., Aug. 27, 2014. Beluga's crew was in port to prepare for an evening vessel escort. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nate Littlejohn.

Week in the life of the Coast Guard 2014: Friday

Friday’s week in the life of the Coast Guard 2014 features a new response boat small in St. Petersburg, Florida, working in tight spaces at Station Seattle, gun inspections in Portsmouth, Va., local partnership training in Kodiak, Alaska and underway preparation on the Cutter Mako in Cape May, N.J.


Crewmembers from the Coast Guard Cutter Morgenthau assist in removing a brow from the Coast Guard Cutter Kukui prior to departing for a patrol, Aug. 25, 2014. Cutters rely on personnel from other units to assist in pier operations prior to departure. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Tara Molle.

Week in the life of the Coast Guard 2014: Thursday

Thursday’s week in the life of the Coast Guard 2014 features the Cutter Kukui from Hawaii, family day on the Delaware River, an unmanned Arctic flight from the Cutter Healy, dirty work in Newport, Oregon, and quick fixes at Base Honolulu.


U.S. Coast Guard Disaster Assistance Response Team personnel from Louisville, Ky., and Huntington, West Va., assist is the removal of flood victims from their homes in Findlay, Ohio, Thursday. Coast Guard crews continue to work closely with state and local officials as more rain continues to threaten other parts of the state. (U.S. Coast Guard photo/Petty Officer Third Class William Mitchell)

After Disaster Strikes: Tips for Reuniting with Family

September is National Preparedness Month, a time to prepare for crisis and natural disasters. Families, schools, communities and workplaces are urged to take action on National PrepareAthon! Day, September 30th, by participating in a simple yet specific activity that will increase preparedness for everyone. Suggestions include creating an emergency kit, hosting an emergency drill practice, having a group discussion on family and/or workplace emergency plans, and being informed about the different types of hazards that could occur in your community and the best actions to mitigate danger.


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