Coast Guard encourages preparation for storm in Gulf of Mexico

TD9NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard is encouraging boaters to prepare for severe weather due to a developing tropical depression, which is expected to impact western Florida, Thursday.

The Coast Guard urges all mariners to continuously monitor local and national weather sources, and avoid coastal areas that may be impacted by the storm.

Here are a few tips to help mariners protect themselves, their families and their vessels:

– Do not go out to sea in a recreational boat if you know a storm is approaching.

– Contact local marinas to ask for advice about securing your vessel.

– Marina operators are knowledgeable and can advise you on the best methods to secure your boat.

– Take action now. The effects of a storm can be felt well in advance, and bridge schedules can and often shift from their normal operating schedule. Check with local authorities before entering any storm-damaged area.

– When removing your EPIRB from your vessel, ensure it does not inadvertently activate which could signal a false alert. Furthermore, once the severe weather has passed, mariners are reminded to ensure the EPIRB devices are placed back on their vessels prior to the vessel’s next use.

– Do not try to board a partially sunken boat. Seek salvage assistance from a professional. Storms move quickly and are unpredictable.

For current weather information, please visit the National Hurricane Center’s web page athttp://ift.tt/riqYHz.

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