General Messages Weekly Round-up

All Hands selects several messages to publish in a weekly post to help raise awareness about specific messages and useful information.

* NOTE: The series does not contain all of the new messages, just select ones. Click here to view internet releasable messages, or go to the Portal to view all messages (must be at a Coast Guard workstation). 

ALCOAST 266/17 – Significant event/acute exposure tracking tool for hurricane relief responders and affected units

This ALCOAST announces the use of an electronic health screening tool for Coast Guard (CG) personnel (active duty, reservist, auxiliarist or civilian) who have served this year or are currently serving in hurricane relief efforts or are currently assigned to affected CG units. The Occupational Medical Surveillance and Evaluation Program (OMSEP) is designed to identify and prevent work related disease and injury. During hurricane responses, responders can be exposed to various hazards which should be documented by an exposure tracking tool. It is paramount that all personnel and mission specific variables are accurately tracked in order to alert health and safety personnel to any unusual disease patterns, as well as provide a platform of recordation in the event of potential future health-related issues.

ALCOAST 264/17 – Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Suicide takes life without regard to age, income, education, social standing, race, or gender. Overall, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death for all Americans, the second leading cause of death for adults ages 25-34, and the 3rd leading cause of death for youth ages 15-24. September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, a time when the Coast Guard pauses to reflect on how we can do our part to prevent suicide. The theme this year is “BE THERE. Your Action Could Save a Life”. While it’s difficult to know why suicide occurs, we do know that by taking action when it may be uncomfortable to do so, and by developing and maintaining family resilience, suicidal behavior can be stopped. I encourage you to reach out to others when you see them struggling with life challenges, or for you to reach out to others if you are facing difficulties that are overwhelming your ability to cope on your own.

ALCOAST 263/17 – Increased thresholds for procurements supporting the Hurricane Irma response

An emergency was declared by the President on 5 SEP 2017, as a result of Hurricane Irma for the territory of the U.S. Virgin Islands, all of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the State of Florida. To facilitate the response to this emergency, the Acting Chief Procurement Officer, in memorandum dated 6 SEP 2017, increased procurement authority thresholds. The authorities for these increased thresholds apply to procurements supporting the Hurricane Irma response and recovery efforts in the emergency area, as defined in, and as may be subsequently amended in a Presidential emergency/major disaster declaration only.

ALCGRSV 043/17 – 2018 Reserve High Year Tenure (R-HYT)

IAW REF A, enlisted reservists in paygrades E-3 and above who will reach or exceed their professional growth point (PGP) by 1 October 2017 will be transferred to the Standby Reserve, Inactive Status List (ISL), discharged or retired from the Coast Guard on 30 September 2018. The list of personnel who meet the 2018 R-HYT criteria has been posted to the CG PSC-RPM R-HYT website: This list should be checked frequently as it will be updated regularly.

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