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 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.


Fireman Corinne Lee and Petty Officer 3rd Class Alan Freedman get underway for a night patrol off of Block Island, R.I., Aug. 20, 2014. The crew of three (Petty Officer 3rd Class Will Holz not pictured) is responsible for standing up the temporary life saving station on the island. Taking a 45-foot response boat medium and food for a few days, the young crew is tasked with staffing the station house, cooking meals for themselves and going on search-and-rescue missions. U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ross Ruddell.

Week in the life of the Coast Guard 2014: Wednesday

Wednesday’s week in the life of the Coast Guard 2014 features light work on the Chesapeake Bay, keeping helicopters clean in Kodiak, Alaska, a summer station patrol near Rhode Island, making sure they’re feed at Station Cape Disappointment and getting a dewatering pump to a boat in need far way.


Seaman Apprentice Andres Rodriguez, a crew member aboard Coast Guard Cutter Joshua Appleby, conducts hull maintenance on the Appleby in St. Petersburg, Fla., Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. The Appleby is a 175-foot buoy tender home-ported in St. Petersburg. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Seaman Meredith Manning

Week in the life of the Coast Guard 2014: Tuesday

Tuesdays week in the life of the Coast Guard 2014 features the work of Aids to Navagation team members, we honor a fallen shipmate in Long Beach, California, inventory of a new boat in Florida, ID card making in Honolulu and good ol’ hull maintenance on the Cutter Appleby


Week in the life of the Coast Guard 2014: Monday

For the past 224 years the Coast Guard has safeguarded our nation’s maritime interests, providing a 24/7 presence along America’s rivers, ports, coastline and on the high seas. But while the Coast Guard’s presence and impact is regional, national and international, our operations are often out of sight.


Coast Guard RDC, Cutter Healy underway for Arctic Shield 2014

Coast Guard RDC, Cutter Healy underway for Arctic Shield 2014

A team of scientists from the Coast Guard Research and Development Center, New London, Connecticut, is currently underway aboard Coast Guard Cutter Healy for a series of technology evaluations in the Arctic. The team departed Seward, Alaska, August 8 and is currently conducting operations off the North Slope.


Boaters found to be impaired while boating can expect penalties to be severe. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Adam Eggers.

6 most common rumors about alcohol and boating

It’s nearly Friday! Getting ready to go kick back on the boat this weekend? Relax, unwind, invite some friends and have some beers, right? Think twice before you get behind the wheel of a boat while intoxicated, though.


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