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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.”

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 […]

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