While Hurricane Matthew, a category 4 storm, was barreling toward Haiti, a small team of Coast Guard officers was hunkered down in a makeshift command center at a house in Port-au-Prince. The planning and coordination for what became the most destructive storm to hit Haiti in more than 50 years, took place in that makeshift command center and set the tone for the U.S. military response.
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When Hurricane Matthew took a surprise turn inland in North Carolina, Coast Guard Sector North Carolina Petty Officer 1st Class James Prosser worked feverishly with his command to determine how best to get his kids home safely. Once he was able to get his family together again, he returned to Lumberton, North Carolina, to offer support and supplies to the people still in the area.
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.
As Coast Guard members we are always thinking about the public when a hurricane is pushing down on us. But we also need to make sure we are ready as well. Evacuate your family as necessary in accordance with evacuation orders from authorities, and make sure to inform your chain of command. Evacuations orders do not apply to uniformed personnel in the same way as they do for your families. You may be told to stay in the event you are deemed necessary for hurricane response efforts. Make sure you have a plan in place for where your family will go (with or without you) and follow through with the plan.
Hurricane Matthew is expected to make landfall in Florida as early as the night of Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016. Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina are expected to be impacted the most. If you are in the path of the storm, listen to local officials! Follow local evacuation instructions. Do not go to the beaches or out on the water! Use these alert services and apps to get all of the pertinent information and to be prepared for Hurricane Matthew.