The Coast Guard Sandy Hook base sign becomes surrounded by flood waters, Nov. 1, 2012, after Hurricane Sandy devastated the area near Sandy Hook, N.J. Coast Guard facilities were destroyed after flooding over the area. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Luke Clayton

Hurricane Preparedness Week: Superstorm Sandy inspires new Ombudsman

As part of Hurricane Preparedness Week May 25 – 31, the article below highlights how the Ready Coast Guard and Ombudsman programs play a vital role before, during and after a disaster hits your area.     Written by Elaine […]


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?