The Valley Fire, which affected Lake, Napa and Sonoma counties in Northern California, burned more than 76,000 acres and destroyed nearly 2,000 structures throughout the region from Sept. 12 to Oct. 15, 2015, when it became 100 percent contained. The disaster, which forced more than 3,000 people to be immediately evacuated from the region, was ranked as the third worst fire in California history. Along with area firefighters and emergency medical staff, an additional force answered the call for help as the fire raged on – the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.
In a post 9/11 world, the United States’ main law enforcement mission has been national security to keep the public safe from nefarious activity. An integral part of this mission happens on the waters surrounding the U.S.
Forty-seven years ago, Hernandez worked to protect his fellow crewmembers during the height of the Vietnam War. Today and for decades to come, his namesake will do the same: protect the citizens of the United States.
On Thursday’s Week in the Life series, Air Station Los Angeles crews conduct cliff rescue training in Rancho Palos Verde, Calif., boarding team member evaluations in Alexandria Bay, N.Y., advanced culinary training at Fort Lee, Va., an active shooter exercise in Boston and advancement ceremonies at Air Station Detroit.
On Wednesday’s Week in the Life series, we feature operations from Coast Guard Sector San Francisco, firefighting training in Toledo, Ohio, line splicing in Erie, Pennsylvania, explosives detection training in Seattle, reparation of a land navigation light in Kodiak, Alaska, and the homecoming of Port Security Unit 308.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.