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.


Be a hero

Become a hero this National Preparedness Month

Last week marked the start of National Preparedness Month. All across the country, communities are hosting preparedness events encouraging everyone that “You can be the hero” when it comes to emergency preparedness.


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Responding in the aftermath of a disaster: The Surge Capacity Force

The size and impact of Hurricane Sandy will be remembered for years to come and the significance of the storm will not be lost to the Coast Guard civilian volunteers who were part of the Department of Homeland Security’s Surge Capacity Force. Following Hurricane Katrina, a need was recognized for the federal government to be more responsive in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. Thus, the surge capacity force was created.


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Do you have a disaster supply kit?

September is National Preparedness Month and with Hurricane Isaac fresh in our minds, safety and preparedness couldn’t be more relevant. Whether you live in an area always at risk for a natural disaster, or a community that rarely has one, everyone should have a disaster supply kit.


Hurricane Season

2012 Atlantic hurricane season begins

The 2012 Atlantic hurricane season officially began last Friday, but two storm names have already been crossed off the list. With two named storms occurring before the season even started – Alberto and Beryl – Craig Fugate, administrator of Federal […]


Hurricane

Hurricane season is almost here… Are you ready?

While the Atlantic hurricane season doesn’t officially start until June 1, scientists at the Climate Prediction Center are predicting moderate chances for a tropical depression or a storm to form in the Caribbean during the next two weeks. The chances […]


Deploy

Race to deploy

Written by Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Anderson, Deployable Operations Group. When the call went out for port security unit reservists to activate for Exercise Patriot Hook, a 96-hour clock to deployment was started. Patriot Hook is an annual exercise […]


National Strike Force members train for all hazards

National Strike Force trains for all hazards

The National Strike Force is one of the U.S. Coast Guard’s highly capable and experienced maritime crisis management teams. Standing ready to deploy to any hazard, any time, any place since 1973, NSF personnel have responded to many historic incidents […]


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Disaster can strike at any time. Be prepared.

Over the past several weeks, we were reminded that disaster could strike at any time. The eastern seaboard had days to prepare for Hurricane Irene but was caught unaware when an earthquake struck just one week prior. Yet, in either […]


Hurricane Julia sits off the eastern seaboard of the United States on Sept. 16, 2010. Image courtesy of NOAA.

NOAA predicts above normal Atlantic hurricane season

With the June 1st beginning of the 2011 hurricane season looming in the not-too-distant future, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its forecasts for major storms in the Atlantic, Eastern Pacific and Central Pacific ocean basins earlier today. While NOAA […]


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