Small boats, big missions

After Hurricane Matthew dumped 18 inches of rain on North Carolina, Coast Guard Western River Flood Punt Team worked with local and state agencies to assist. The team, comprised of members from Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi River, Upper Mississippi River and Aids to Navigation Team Colfax, Louisiana, completed a total of 23 missions, eight rescues and more than 280 wellness checks.

Change in season: Fall weather hazards

Fall is officially here, and while it is a beautiful and usually mild time of year, it can also bring unusual weather. Since fall is a transitional season, weather hazards seen during both warm and cold months, including hurricanes, wildfires, intense winds, flooding, droughts, early season snow and more, can occur. Common fall hazards include floods, fog, hurricanes, solar flares, wildfires, wind and winter storms – just to name a few. Read more about being safe this fall!

The Long Blue Line: River Cutter Yocona pioneers desegregation in the Deep South

The Coast Guard River Cutter Yocona was a pioneering vessel. In addition to her specialized design, the Yocona was the first Coast Guard Cutter stationed on the nation’s inland rivers and proved unique in the nation’s history of racial desegregation.

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.


Brace for another active hurricane season

It may feel like Superstorm Sandy happened just yesterday, but this weekend already marks the first day of the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecasts we’re in for an above-average season, which means there is an extremely high probability of at least one major hurricane making landfall in the Gulf Coast and East Coast.

Flood level

Port assessment teams respond to 2011 floods

Since April, Coast Guard men and women have deployed in support of Federal, state and local agencies throughout the Midwest and southern United States in response to record floodwaters along the entire Mississippi River system. Dedicated units, including disaster area […]

Midwest flooding

Coast Guard, Army Corps of Engineers assist residents in Midwest flood zone

Written by Petty Officer 2nd Class Bill Colclough. With extreme high water conditions and heavy rains threatening to flood the town of Cairo, Ill., and adding pressure to the entire Mississippi River system, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers triggered […]

Day 11: Final Coast Guard Video of the Year nominee

Welcome to day eleven of voting for Coast Guard Video of the Year! Two weeks ago, we offered you a sampling of the top 11 Coast Guard videos of 2009. Now, it is time for you to vote on your […]

itCG-Rescue crew honored, good buoy, Kane’ohe tow, Ida impacts, In memoriam: Elizabeth F. “Betty” Splaine

Guardians from the CGC Fir replaced a critical weather buoy at the mouth of the Columbia River just in time before the arrival of a severe storm. Operated by NOAA’s National Buoy Data Center, the 4,000 pound older weather buoy […]