The newest episode of the Coast Guard Paratus Report is now live! In this episode learn about upcoming changes to enlisted evaluation system, the Electronic Health Screening Tool for hurricane responders, and a new tuition assistance cap.
Coast Guard spouses from hurricanes Harvey, Sandy and Matthew give some advice to others for hurricane evacuation preparations.
All Hands selects several messages to publish in a weekly post to help raise awareness about specific messages and useful information.
The 2017 Hurricane Season starts June 1, 2017. As Coast Guard personnel, we all have a responsibility to lead by example. Are you prepared? Does your family know what to do? Coast Guard men and women confident their loved ones and their property are safe and secure are better prepared to perform their missions when disaster strikes. Make sure you have a plan in place for when you are not able to be home.
Hurricane preparation isn’t a new subject; in fact the Coast Guard has been harping about it for centuries. It’s not something to scoff at or dismiss; they aren’t spectacles to challenge. Sometimes hurricanes pass through with little to no damage, and then there are those that create extremely hazardous conditions, chaos, destruction and or death. Help us help you by being prepared before the unexpected happens.
In 1900 a hurricane struck Galveston, Texas, obliterating a lifesaving station and killing thousands. The storm unleashed winds of approximately 150 mph and the storm surge flooded the city. The station’s keeper and his crew had little forewarning of the storm, but they could sense that something was brewing in the Gulf of Mexico.
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.
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.
Hurricane season officially begins in little more than a week from now, and runs June 1 through November 30. If history has taught us anything about hurricanes, it’s to never underestimate a storm’s power of destruction – take for instance Katrina (2005), Irene (2011) and Sandy (2012), which incurred a combined total of $168 billion in damages. According to the Wall Street Journal, of the top 10 costliest natural disasters in the U.S., eight of them have been hurricanes.