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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.


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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.


Are you prepared? Take action during National Preparedness Month

As Coast Guard personnel, we all have a responsibility to lead by example. Are you prepared? Coast Guard men and women who have the assurance their loved ones and property are safe and secure leading up to, during and following a natural disaster are better prepared to perform their missions during such adversity.


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.