Hurricane season is here – make a plan now for your family!

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.


OSMS and YOU: Incident Management and Preparedness

Incident management is a critical function that spans all Coast Guard missions. Strength in incident management and an in-depth understanding of working with the interagency is integral to the Response Operations Ashore specialty


Preparedness takes time

“Drinking from the fire hose” is a colloquialism often used to describe being overwhelmed to the point of drowning. There are many times in our lives that we feel utterly overwhelmed. For example, perhaps we’ve taken a new job and feel as if we might drown in all the new information being thrown at us at a rapid rate. For many, preparing for possible emergencies: being informed, making a plan, building a kit, things we all know we should do, can seem an overwhelming task.


Amanda Gornik is the ombudsman for the Coast Guard Cutter Spencer, homeported in Boston. Photo courtesy of Amanda Gornik.

From the Homefront: Ombudsmen share their secrets to success

Every Coast Guard ombudsman has a list of favored resources and services that are as distinct as the families they serve. Families’ needs, whether on cutters, at stations or “geobaching,” are diverse and ombudsmen are prepared to respond. This week, I asked them to open their toolboxes and share the resources they find most useful for Coastie families.


A U.S. flag hangs draped in snow outside a house in Washington, DC., on December 10, 2013. The area received several inches of snow and ice which resulted in a closure of the Federal Government in the metro area. FEMA photo by Matthew Harmon.

Ready Coast Guard – Winter storm preparedness

With yet another winter storm wreaking havoc across the southern states and poised to work its way up the eastern seaboard, now is a great time to take a moment to think about preparedness. We’ve compiled some winter storm preparedness tips and tools from Ready.gov to help you get ready.


Ready Coast Guard campaign graphic. U.S. Coast Guard illustration.

Ready Coast Guard: Build a kit

As National Preparedness Month comes to a close, now is the perfect time to build or update your emergency kit. Having an emergency kit on hand with at least three days of supplies will ensure that your family can meet its essential needs in a crisis.


A blank emergency contact card. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Ready Coast Guard: Make a Plan

Without a plan, your family could be unprepared to react with assurance when time is of the essence or you may have difficulty finding one another if separated.


Ready Coast Guard campaign graphic. U.S. Coast Guard illustration.

Ready Coast Guard: Be informed!

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


Ready Coast Guard campaign graphic. U.S. Coast Guard illustration.

Ready Coast Guard: Are you prepared?

Be a hero at home. Prepare yourself and your family for emergencies or disasters in advance. September is National Preparedness Month and the perfect time to embrace the Coast Guard motto — Semper Paratus — by taking action to be “always prepared” at home.


U.S. Coast Guard cartoon by Petty Officer 3rd Class Cory Mendenhall.

The Drawing Board: Hurricane proof?

September is National Preparedness Month. As Coast Guard personnel, we all have a responsibility to lead by example. Are you prepared?


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