Tag: hurricane

The Long Blue Line: Great Galveston Hurricane—Coast Guard’s first superstorm 120 years ago

Chart showing the track of the 1900 Galveston Hurricane. (Library of Congress)

In early September of 1900, a hurricane of massive force struck the Gulf Coast west of Galveston, Texas. The Great Galveston Hurricane would prove far deadlier than any man-made, environmental or weather-related disaster in U.S. history, with approximately 8,000 killed in Galveston and roughly 2,000 more lost in other parts of the Gulf Coast.This death toll is greater than the combined casualty figure for the 1941 Pearl Harbor attack, Hurricane Katrina, the 9/11 terrorist attacks as well as Hurricane Ike, which struck Galveston in 2008.

The Long Blue Line: Lt. Pease recounts the loss of Cutter Morris in the Key West Hurricane of 1846

Based on historical data, this University of Georgia map shows the storm track of Key West Hurricane of 1846 through Cuba and Florida Keys. (University of Georgia Extension)

Through the ages, many hurricanes have struck the Florida Keys, however, the Key West Hurricane of 1846 is believed to be one of the worst, destroying the city and killing over 250 residents. This recounting of the storm was written by eyewitness and U.S. Revenue Cutter Service officer, Lieutenant William C. Pease.

Hurricane threat is a reminder to be prepared for health care needs

Hurricane Florence is heading towards the United States East Coast, with projected landfall on Thursday, September 13, 2018, between northern South Carolina and North Carolina’s Outer Banks as a strong category 2 hurricane with 105 mph sustained winds, extreme rainfall and major inland flooding. Although shifts in the track of Hurricane Florence are possible, it is expected that the storm

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Coast Guard holds hurricane preparedness seminar in Opa-Locka

The Coast Guard responds to search and rescue requests in response to Hurricane Harvey in the Beaumont, Texas, area, Aug. 30, 2017. The Coast Guard is working closely with all federal, state and local emergency operations centers and has established incident command posts to manage search and rescue operations. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandon Giles)

Florida-based Coast Guard units held the first of multiple training sessions in which people were educated on setting up and executing hurricane preparedness and evacuation plans. Coast Guard members and their dependents listened to high-ranking, experienced service members, including the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard, Jason Vanderhaden about what can be done to prepare for a hurricane.

Salvaging boats, protecting the environment: The aftermath of Hurricane Maria

Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico on Sept. 20, 2017. Two months after the storm has passed, the devastation lingers; families are displaced, homes have been torn-apart, and destroyed boats sit sunken in harbors or have washed ashore. The Coast Guard, Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources, Environmental Protection Agency and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) continue working on organizing salvage and removal operations for displaced, sunken and wrecked vessels throughout the island.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Coast Guard chaplains during 2017 hurricane season

U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Francisco Muniz Valle, chaplain of Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen, Puerto Rico, provides religious services to U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Medium Tiltroter Squadron 264 at Rafael Hernandez Airport in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, Oct. 8, 2017. Muniz Valle provided religious services and counseling to Marines and Sailors from VMM-264, deployed to Puerto Rico for Hurricane Maria response and recovery efforts from their home at Marine Corps Air Station New River, N.C. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Senior Chief Petty Officer Kyle Niemi.

Day in and day out, rain or shine, Coast Guard chaplains are ready and there to walk through the physical, emotional, and spiritual storms people face with a ministry of presence. Chaplains from across the country, particularly from the Coast Guard’s 7th and 8th Districts provided support to Coast Guard families evacuated and displaced by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria during the 2017 hurricane season. Coast Guard chaplains live by the saying, “Where it matters, when it matters, with what matters.”

Innovation Program seeks hurricane lessons learned from Coast Guard responders

The Hurricane Lessons Learned challenge on the Coast Guard’s crowdsourcing platform, CG_Ideas@Work, was started as a way to preserve and institutionalize the wealth of lessons learned during hurricane response efforts. All Coast Guard personnel who participated in any of the response efforts are encouraged to share their observations, issues and ideas.