Ten years after Hurricane Katrina, 225 years after our founding in 1790, the Coast Guard is still learning, and still improving our ability to serve the American people.
Tag: Hurricane Sandy
Effective communication prior, during, and post event: “Last year there were no major Atlantic hurricanes, but based on historical trends, the likelihood of that repeating in 2014 is extremely low. It is imperative that Coast Guard commands in coastal regions prepare their personnel for such an event”
Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans ombudsman Sedonia Cheatham does not take hurricane season lightly. “For weeks, I searched for my family with little hope, wondering even if they survived. It took another month after that to find them.”
As part of Hurricane Preparedness Week May 25 – 31, the article below highlights how the Ready Coast Guard and Ombudsman programs play a vital role before, during and after a disaster hits your area. The Coast Guard Sandy Hook base sign becomes surrounded by flood waters, Nov. 1, 2012, after Hurricane Sandy devastated
Coast Guard Sector North Carolina has oversight of operational Coast Guard missions throughout the entire state. With a challenging environment chock full of shifting sands and shallow inlets in addition to busy waterways – a robust commercial ferry system, two major international ports and a commercial fishing fleet of more than 9,000 vessels – you could say there is a lot going on in North Carolina. To keep track of the operations are the dedicated watchstanders at the sector’s command center, including Petty Officer 2nd Class Lindsey Neumann.
One person who could be counted on in the months of rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy was Casey Van Huysen. Van Huysen, a native of Mobile, Ala., is the ombudsman at Sector New York. Van Huysen worked with other military spouses after Hurricane Sandy hit to collect more than $235,000 worth of donations including food, clothing and toys. The spouses received and organized the generous amount of items donated to give to military families who were uprooted during the storm.
Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp provided oral testimony before two U.S. House of Representatives subcommittees yesterday on the Coast Guard’s Fiscal Year 2014 budget request. In the morning, the Commandant testified before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security and in the afternoon testified along with Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Michael P. Leavitt before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Marine Transportation.
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.
Hurricane Sandy was a storm of historic proportions making landfall along the densely populated Northeast coast, destroying property and leaving behind unprecedented damage. Coast Guardsmen, so familiar with the role of rescuer, were now part of the population who needed help. Just like the surrounding community, Coast Guard buildings and assets were significantly damaged and hundreds of Coast Guard members and their families were forced to evacuate from their homes and workplace. Members and families needed help in finding adequate housing, filing insurance claims and working to return their lives to normal.
Success is defined differently for everybody, but for one Coast Guardsman – who started his enlistment as a young, untested seaman recruit and is now the commanding officer of a small-boat station – success was constructed by a goal he set for himself when he was only two years into his career.