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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.

National Preparedness Month: Don’t wait, communicate

National Preparedness Month

For 225 years, Coast Guard men and women have lived by the motto Semper Paratus. Being Semper Paratus, Always Ready, however, does not come without careful and diligent preparation. September is National Preparedness Month, and this year’s theme is “Don’t wait. Communicate. Make your emergency plan today.”

Coast Guard Retiree, FEMA Reservist partnership

Currently FEMA is experiencing a critical shortage within its Reserve Program. Over 2,700 FEMA Reserve positions are vacant. Reservist positions are managed through FEMA Cadres and the skills needed to serve in most of them are generally equivalent to many Coast Guard ratings and officer specialties. CG retirees may already have experience in disaster response, rescue, first aid, ICS, hazardous material handling, survivor support, recovery ops and many other areas of expertise needed in the aftermath of a disaster.

After Disaster Strikes: Tips for Reuniting with Family

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)

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.

Responding in the aftermath of a disaster: The Surge Capacity Force

New York Harbor

The size and impact of Hurricane Sandy will be remembered for years to come and the significance of the storm will not be lost to the Coast Guard civilian volunteers who were part of the Department of Homeland Security’s Surge Capacity Force. Following Hurricane Katrina, a need was recognized for the federal government to be more responsive in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. Thus, the surge capacity force was created.

Do you have a disaster supply kit?

Visit www.ready.gov for more preparedness information.

September is National Preparedness Month and with Hurricane Isaac fresh in our minds, safety and preparedness couldn’t be more relevant. Whether you live in an area always at risk for a natural disaster, or a community that rarely has one, everyone should have a disaster supply kit.

2012 Atlantic hurricane season begins

Hurricane Season

Storm warning flags at Coast Guard Station South Padre Island are flown to warn mariners hurricane conditions are present in the area. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd class Tom Atkeson. The 2012 Atlantic hurricane season officially began last Friday, but two storm names have already been crossed off the list. Click on

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Hurricane season is almost here… Are you ready?

Crewmembers of Coast Guard Station Atlantic City board the station's windows in preparation for Hurricane Irene in August 2011. The station's crew relocated in preparation to respond to emergencies after the storm passed. U.S. Coast Guard photo. While the Atlantic hurricane season doesn’t officially start until June 1, scientists at the Climate Prediction Center are

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Race to deploy


Coast Guard Port Security Unit 311 and U.S. Air Force Reserve Command personnel unload a port security boat from a U.S. Air Force Reserve Command C-17 at San Clemente Island during Exercise Patriot Hook. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Anderson. Written by Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Anderson, Deployable Operations

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