Ready Coast Guard: Be informed!

An unfinished common area located between housing units at the Marina Village Housing Complex in Alameda, Calif. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Levi Read.

U.S. Coast Guard family housing at the Marina Village Housing Complex in Alameda, Calif. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Levi Read.

Written by the U.S. Coast Guard Office of Work-Life.

Have you met your new neighbors? Now is the time of year when many Coast Guard families are settling into a new home. When you relocate to a new duty station, be sure to learn all about your new surroundings.

Is the area prone to flooding? Are you near a volcano? Are wildfires a threat? Do railways carry hazardous materials nearby? Is there an industrial plant upwind?

Understanding potential hazards in your area, knowing evacuation routes and what to do in advance can make all the difference when seconds count.

To help you get acquainted with any dangers in your new neighborhood, the Office of Work-Life’s Ready Coast Guard campaign provides hazard-specific fact sheets. Inform yourself about special precautions you may want to take for various natural hazards, disease outbreaks, man-made disasters and potential terrorism threats.

If you find yourself in the path of impending danger, stay informed as events unfold. Local news reports will provide information about immediate actions advised in your area. Government resources such as the Centers for Disease Control and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (or via a NOAA weather radio) also provide timely and trustworthy information. And, don’t forget the Federal Emergency Managment Agency’s Ready.gov site where you can not only get information for yourself but share it throughout your community.

Work-Life Programs also can assist you in addressing issues that develop before, during, and after an emergency. To locate the Work-Life Office nearest to you, simply call 1-800-872-4957 or visit the U.S. Coast Guard Work-Life website.

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