California-based Coast Guard responders deploy to assist with Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts

Pacific Southwest Coast Guard NewsALAMEDA, Calif. – Coast Guard teams based in San Diego, Alameda, and Novato, Calif. have deployed to the East Coast to assist with Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts. As emergency operations shift to recovery efforts, Coast Guard teams are working with federal, state and local authorities to ensure the safety and security of ports and facilities in the region and assist with pollution response and flood recovery operations.

The San Diego-based Coast Guard Pacific Area Tactical Law Enforcement Team, and Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team San Francisco each deployed a squad of law enforcement specialists to assist with port security and safety patrols.

More than a dozen Coast Guard Pacific Strike Team members, who routinely deploy to assist with oil and hazardous chemical spills around the country, are assisting Coast Guard, Environmental Protection Agency, and local responders with hazardous material removal and will be involved in operating high-capacity pumps to dewater the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel.

“Coast Guard men and women are always ready to serve wherever their country calls,” said Lt. Todd Taylor, executive officer of MSST San Francisco. “Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who have been impacted by Sandy. Now that the storm as passed, our crews will do everything they can to help our friends and neighbors return to normalcy.”

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