Today, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Rand Beers announced that most Coast Guard civilian personnel placed on emergency furlough during the government shutdown will be asked to return to work beginning next week.
Due to the lapse in federal funding, this website will not be actively managed. This website was last updated on Sept. 30, 2013, and will not be updated until after funding is enacted. As such, information on this website may not be up to date. Transactions submitted via this website might not be processed and we may not be able to respond to inquiries until after appropriations are enacted.
As National Preparedness Month comes to a close, now is the perfect time to build or update your emergency kit. Having an emergency kit on hand with at least three days of supplies will ensure that your family can meet its essential needs in a crisis.
Where the old system focused on getting the most points, STAN 2.0 emphasizes getting the least. A perfect score would be zero, representing no percieved operational risk, however there are no minimum scores required. The score is solely for consideration by operational commanders when determining the level of risk to operational readiness at each unit under their command.
During the beta-test phase of STAN 2.0, one of the test station’s commanding officers, Lt. Scott Farr, stated, “[STAN 2.0] is easy to understand. Everyone understands GAR colors … [it] should allow operational commanders to have a better idea of where the holes in their programs are and help focus more on areas of concern.”
Without a plan, your family could be unprepared to react with assurance when time is of the essence or you may have difficulty finding one another if separated.
This post is the first in a four-part series that will explain the new Boat Forces standardization, called STAN, assessment standards. On Sept. 19, the Office of Boat Forces announced the implementation of the new STAN framework and provided policy updates to the Boat Forces manual.
I fully recognize that this recent incident might increase stress levels within our workforce and I ask each of you to continue to look after each other in caring and compassionate ways. If you sense a concern with yourself or others, I encourage you to seek appropriate help through our work-life programs (1-800-855-CGSUPRT and http://www.cgsuprt.com) or the Chaplain network.
Understanding potential hazards in your area, knowing evacuation routes and what to do in advance can make all the difference when seconds count.
Every year we lose members of the Coast Guard family to suicide. Although it is difficult to know why people end their own lives, some of the reasons include not knowing where to go for help, the stigma of reaching out and neglecting personal and family social, psychological and spiritual fitness. Suicide is preventable.