U.S. Coast Guard Rear Adm. Dan Abel, director of operations Southern Command, describes Coast Guard small boat operations to Venture Scouts at the 2017 National Scout Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve, W.V., July 22, 2017. More than 75 Coast Guard members helped scouts learn about the Coast Guard and its missions. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Benjamin Strong.

National Scout Jamboree 2017

The National Scout Jamboree served as the perfect opportunity to share the Coast Guard’s 11 different missions and safe boating techniques to scouts, visitors and staff from around the nation. Alongside members from the Department of Defense, the Coast Guard tested the mettle of some enthusiastic Boy Scouts, helping them earn the Coast Guard patch.


National Preparedness Month: Hurricanes happen – prepare early and often

September is National Preparedness Month. Today we’ll tell you how to make sure you are prepared for one of the largest weather phenomena – hurricanes. It appears that the peak of hurricane season may be upon us. While hurricanes usually give us a heads-up that they are coming, that doesn’t mean we can let up our guards. A hurricane’s path can change several times and even at the last minute. It is important to plan early and often for these events. Even for those who do not live in coastal states, hurricanes can bring high amounts of rain and strong winds inland as well. So no matter where you live, it is important to increase your awareness and protect yourself, your family, home and property from harmful hurricanes or tropical storms.


September kicks off three national campaigns

The month of September brings three important national campaigns – National Preparedness Month, National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, and National Recovery Month. We encourage everyone to use this month as a time to focus on yourself and your family in terms of preparedness, as well as physical and mental health and wellness! Each Monday this month, we’ll bring you blogs that will further explain each national campaign and provide additional resources for you and your family.


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.


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.


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.”


A ruptured pipe drenches third class cadets as they attempt to control the flooding during Damage Control drill on the waist on board the Coast Guard Cutter Eagle July 24, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Walter Shinn.

Mastering disaster: How to effectively practice for an emergency

How many times have you heard the old saying, practice makes perfect? Well, this month we’re telling everyone that practice makes preparedness; knowing what to do when a natural disaster strikes can save lives.


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