Coast Guardsmen offload approximately 1,100 kilograms of cocaine and 4,420 pounds of marijuana, interdicted in the Caribbean Sea as part of Operation Martillo and Operation Unified Resolve worth an estimated wholesale value of $41 million at Coast Guard Base Miami Beach, Fla., Sept. 29, 2015. Since October 2014, the Coast Guard has removed 130 metric tons of cocaine ($4.3 billion), the most since 2008. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Mark Barney)

Week in the life of the Coast Guard 2015: Tuesday

On Tuesday’s Week in the Life series, we feature operations from Coast Guard Cutter Sledge in Curtis Bay, Maryland, engine checks at Station Cape Charles, Virginia, a drug offload in Miami Beach, Florida, night hoist operations in Houston and new recruits reporting to Training Center Cape May, New Jersey.

U.S. Coast Guard 2-boat training in Lake Huron

Week in the life of the Coast Guard 2015: Monday

For the past 225 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.

National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month: America’s PrepareAthon!

Members of the United States Coast Guard family live Semper Paratus away and at home, ready at a moment’s notice. But we all know that disasters, be they severe weather or man-made, have the potential to disrupt thousands of lives and affect our families. Maritime safety is the primary concern for the U.S. Coast Guard, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security wants all members of our community to be prepared for the worst.

A Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod helicopter crew returns from rescuing a father and son from a sailboat about 150 miles south of Nantucket, Mass., Feb. 15, 2015. After navigating through low visibility and near hurricane force winds, the crew safely hoisted the men and returned to Air Station Cape Cod. U.S. Coast Guard photo contributed by Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: CGNR 6033 crew, Air Station Cape Cod

An already hazardous situation made worse by severe winter weather, Coast Guard Cape Cod CGNR 6033 crew heroically displayed their bravery, ingenuity and grit in the rescue of a father and son aboard an imperiled sailboat earning them The Captain Frank Erickson Award.

Image courtesy of FEMA.

National Preparedness Month: Power Outages

Any time there is severe weather there is a chance of a power outage. Like any major disaster whether it’s a flood, hurricane, wildfire, etc., it’s always best to be prepared. Here are some tips from FEMA, the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, United States Department of Agriculture and Centers for Disease Control on how to prepare for power outages and what to do during and after power outages.

Lt. Jamison Ferriell, Petty Officer 3rd Class Eric Woods and Petty Officer 3rd Class Chriostpher Lelyo stand for a photo during an award ceremony. The three crewmembers and Lt. Erik Price, not pictured, transported a medical team and supplies to save a baby during a blizzard in February 2015. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: CGNR 2309 crew, Air Station Cape Cod

During a severe snow storm in Massachusetts in early February, a premature baby was born on Nantucket and was in need of medical care beyond what the island’s hospital could provide. The CGNR 2309 crew of from Air Station Cape Cod pushed the limits to deliver a medical team and neonatal incubator to save the child’s life earning them the Cmdr. Elmer F. Stone award.

Are you ready for disaster to hit?

National Preparedness Month: Hurricanes

“Big” is an understatement when used as a descriptor of a hurricane. “Massive” or “dangerous” is perhaps a better way to describe a hurricane. Here are some basic tips to help you prepare for a major disaster like hurricanes.

Photo provided by FEMA.

National Preparedness Month: Wildfire

Wildfires are unplanned, unwanted fires that threaten the safety of the public and the firefighters who protect forests and communities. Read more here to find out what you can do to prepare for this dangerous occurance.

Graphic provided by FEMA.

National Preparedness Month: Flooding

Floods are one of the most common hazards in the United States. Being prepared to act quickly could be a matter of survival. This is especially evident during the threat of severe weather.

National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month: Don’t wait, communicate

For 225 years, Coast Guard men and women have lived by the motto Semper Paratus. Being Semper Paratus, Always Ready, however, does not come without careful and diligent preparation. September is National Preparedness Month, and this year’s theme is “Don’t wait. Communicate. Make your emergency plan today.”

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