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Hurricanes, again? Yes, it’s that time of year.

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.

Change in season: Fall weather hazards

Fall is officially here, and while it is a beautiful and usually mild time of year, it can also bring unusual weather. Since fall is a transitional season, weather hazards seen during both warm and cold months, including hurricanes, wildfires, intense winds, flooding, droughts, early season snow and more, can occur. Common fall hazards include floods, fog, hurricanes, solar flares, wildfires, wind and winter storms – just to name a few. Read more about being safe this fall!

National Preparedness Month: Hurricanes happen – prepare early and often

September is National Preparedness Month. Today we’ll tell you how to make sure you are prepared for one of the largest weather phenomena – hurricanes. It appears that the peak of hurricane season may be upon us. While hurricanes usually give us a heads-up that they are coming, that doesn’t mean we can let up our guards. A hurricane’s path can change several times and even at the last minute. It is important to plan early and often for these events. Even for those who do not live in coastal states, hurricanes can bring high amounts of rain and strong winds inland as well. So no matter where you live, it is important to increase your awareness and protect yourself, your family, home and property from harmful hurricanes or tropical storms.

Break the grip of the rip!

Rip tide in San Diego

School is out and summer vacation is in! As families head to beaches and lakes, now is the perfect time to learn about keeping you and your loved ones safe, even while on vacation. One of the biggest dangers on our nation’s beaches and lakefronts are rip currents. Rip currents are narrow channels of fast-moving water that pull swimmers away from the shore. They can occur any time, in good or bad weather, on breezy days and calm days and at high tide or low tide.

itCG – kidnapping charges, hazardous duty, dangerous conditions, lucky to be alive

Crew members from the CGC Crocodile transfer Luke Finch to a smallboat in the Gulf of Mexico Dec. 1, 2009. Finch was rescued 140 miles southwest of Fort Myers Beach, Fla., after reportedly being kidnapped by his father Saturday. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Hallman) Click on the image to

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Small Craft Advisories and Boating Safety

Coast Guard 47-foot motor lifeboat practicing surf drills in 25-foot waves. Search and rescue coxwains train in surf conditions to maintain proficiency in heavy weather. (USCG photo by BM1 Christopher Enoksen) Recently, the Compass received a comment asking what a small craft advisory means and what size of boats are considered small crafts. This is

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