It's back...Coast Guard 2014 Videos of the Year

It’s back…2014 Coast Guard Video of the Year!

We are pleased to announce the 2014 nominees for Coast Guard Video of the Year. We’ve selected the top 10 videos, the best of the best, as this year’s nominees. Now, we need your help in deciding the top Coast Guard video for 2014!


Winter safety tips

7 tips to keep you safe on the water this winter

If you plan to participate in any water activity this winter – know what will keep you safe! Planning and preparation are key to any safe outing on the water, but also knowing some basic safety and cold-water immersion tips can help save your life. Here are 7 tips to help keep you safe on the water this winter.


Training overseas Coast Guard: Djibouti

Training an overseas Coast Guard: Djibouti

Each year, working with the international affairs staff, members travel to countries around the globe providing technical training and consulting services in maritime law enforcement, small boat operation and maintenance, search and rescue and infrastructure development for countries with waterway law enforcement programs.


Mike Di Trani, command security officer at U.S. Coast Guard Sector New York, debriefs with members of the Coast Guard Police Department, Maritime Safety and Security Team New York, Coast Guard Investigative Service, Sector New York and Coast Guard Auxiliary after the last group of runners cross the start line of the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon on Fort Wadsworth, Nov. 2, 2014. The group discusses the effectiveness of the measures put in place to ensure the safety and security of all the runners and vendors and how to improve for 2015’s event. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ann Marie Gorden

Coast Guard ensures safety for 2014 NYC Marathon

Coast Guard Sector New York shares a unique history with the New York City Marathon in that the race pre-stages its runners at Fort Wadsworth, which is co-located with the Sector in Staten Island. For 18 years, the Coast Guard has been behind the scenes, working to produce a functioning event and ensuring that every aspect of the start of the race runs smoothly for the athletes, spectators, and volunteers.


Air Station Savannah

Preparation keeps Coast Guard crews ‘Semper Paratus’

Members of the U.S. Coast Guard have, throughout the service’s history, defined the meaning of our motto “Semper Paratus” through their bravery and perseverance. Semper Paratus, Latin for “always ready”, is fitting for the service whose members always respond to calls for help.


Response training on the Last Frontier

Response training on the last frontier

From its extreme weather to its remote communities and limited infrastructure, Alaska can present many challenges for response agencies in times of crisis. Plans for how to remove pollution or conduct a rescue at the edge of the last frontier are becoming increasingly important as the state sees more maritime traffic through its ports and waterways. That’s why the Coast Guard, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association and city of Unalaska came together with industry members from North Pacific Fuel and Alaska Chadux Corporation to conduct Aleutians PREP Exercise 2014 in Dutch Harbor, Alaska, Sept. 24-25.


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.


Ready GovFacebook

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 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.


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