Wellness Wednesday: Weight loss

Once a month, Coast Guard All Hands will feature “Wellness Wednesday,” a series to help Coast Guard members take charge of their health and provide tips on healthy living. This month Tim Merrell, the Health Promotion Program Manager, covers weight loss tips in honor of weigh ins!


Paratus Report: October 2017, Episode 1

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.


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.


Motorcycle Safety: Share the road this Memorial Day and every day!

As we approach the kick-off to summer, motorcycle safety is something to take a moment to reflect upon – even if you don’t ride a motorcycle. You may not be aware, but the number one cause of fatalities for Coast Guard personnel is motor vehicle and motorcycle mishaps. As we approach the kick-off to summer, motorcycle safety is something to take a moment to reflect upon – even if you don’t ride a motorcycle! Leaders at all levels have a professional and personal responsibility to promote motorcycle safety. Equally important, it is the responsibility of every individual to practice safe behaviors as part of personal risk management when operating a motorcycle. Together we can reduce motorcycle mishaps and safely share the road!


Carbon Monoxide – Know the hazards this holiday season

Carbon monoxide is a deadly gas produced by the burning of any carbon-based fuel. Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning can happen at any time of the year, but the risk is increased during the winter when doors and windows stay closed and fireplaces, gas heaters, or other fuel burning appliances are in use. In addition, people can also be exposed to deadly CO levels when “warming up” their cars in garages or keeping them running when stuck in snow. Take a minute to refresh your memory on these tips for how to protect yourself and others from CO poisoning.


Holiday Safety Message from Health, Safety, and Work-Life

While many of you will be participating in traditional holiday activities, others will continue to carry out Coast Guard missions. Whether you are on leave, traveling, or standing the watch, I urge you to be safe during the holidays. The holiday season is an excellent time to consider conducting unit safety stand-downs. Let’s take a pause and remind ourselves of the hazards associated with an often hectic and rushed period in our lives. Read the full post to learn more about preventing mishaps, managing risk, and properly preparing for your travels.


Fall safety: Leaves

It’s easy to overlook leaves when it comes to safety — after all, they are just leaves. But don’t become complacent! Leaves can pose hazards for motorists. For example, children often play or lay in leaf piles, so remain alert and NEVER drive through a pile of leaves. And if you have leaves peeking out from under the hood of your car, make sure to clear them from under your hood so they don’t overheat your vehicle.


Fall safety: Heating and fires

Now that the weather is getting cooler, and especially the nights, people spend more time inside their homes using fireplaces, furnaces, and heaters to keep warm. Or you might light up the fire pit outside to roast marshmallows with the kids. There’s nothing quite as cozy as a fire, but they can present some safety hazards. Check out the full post to ensure you remain safe this fall when it comes to fires.


September is Coast Guard Personal Readiness Month. Semper Paratus.

Personal Readiness Month: Stress management

So you’re stressed out? You are not alone! Stress is part of everyday life, but how you cope with it that makes a big difference in being resilient vs. having a physical or emotional crisis.With a demanding job in the Coast Guard, it may be difficult to avoid stress, but it is not difficult to use the tools above to manage the stress in your life. Read the full blog to learn about stress coping mechanisms.


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Department of Homeland Security updates National Terrorism Advisory System

Earlier today, the Department of Homeland Security updated the National Terrorism Advisory System, or NTAS, a tool designed to communicate information about terrorist threats by providing timely, detailed information to the American public. As part of the Coast Guard’s commitment to unit readiness, we are informing you of the change to the NTAS system and providing our readers with the opportunity to add an NTAS widget to your own websites to keep your workforce and neighbors informed of potential threats.


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