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.


Using Mobile Apps for Hurricane preparedness

The 2015 Hurricane season is fast approaching. To prepare Coast Guard personnel and their families for the possible hardships brought forth by such ravaging storms, Coast Guard commands across the country are revising contingency plans, executing hurricane exercises, performing training, etc.


Filing a float plan

National Safe Boating Week 2015: Float plans

Why should you take the time to prepare a float plan? The answer is simple… there are just too many facts that need to be accurately remembered and ultimately conveyed in an emergency situation.


'Wear it!'

‘Wear It!’: Life jackets save lives

“If you’re going to be boating, always wear your lifejacket and require the same of all your passengers,” said Joe Carro, a Coast Guard boating safety specialist. “Life jackets save lives.”


Coast Guard launches mobile app for boating safety

Coast Guard launches boating safety mobile app

Are you a boater? If so, you’ve probably heard countless tips about how to keep yourself safe while on the water. You also probably have all the necessary safety equipment, such as a marine VHF radio and lifejackets. With the launch of the Coast Guard mobile application, you can have all this information, and more, at your fingertips.