Coast Guard assets ready to respond to Hurricane Ida

U.S. Coast Guard Station New Orleans crews prepare to relocate shallow-water response boats to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Aug. 28, 2021, ahead of Hurricane Ida. It's vital to protect crews and assets from the worst of the storm so they can surge after to help local communities. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Liz Uitdenhowen)

U.S. Coast Guard Station New Orleans crews prepare to relocate shallow-water response boats to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Aug. 28, 2021, ahead of Hurricane Ida. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Liz Uitdenhowen)

NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard is pre-staging response assets Saturday and established an area command in preparation for Hurricane Ida.

Coast Guard assets across the region were repositioned and pre-staged to preserve readiness and to provide support for areas expected to be impacted by the impending hurricane.

Hurricane Ida is expected to make landfall Sunday. The Coast Guard advises that you monitor your local weather services to stay updated on any potential changes.

The following assets have been pre-staged:

  • Four MH-65 Dolphin Helicopters and six shallow-water response boats in Louisiana.
  • Two MH-65 Dolphin Helicopters and three shallow-water response boats in Houston.
  • Two MH-65 Dolphin Helicopters and three HC-144A Ocean Sentrys in Corpus Christi.
  • Five MH-65 Dolphin Helicopters, three MH-60T Jayhawk Helicopters, and two HC-144A Ocean Sentrys in Mobile, Alabama.
  • Three shallow-water response boats in Memphis, Tennessee.

More assets are in the process of being repositioned as Hurricane Ida approaches.

“As we prepare for Hurricane Ida, we are urging people in the area to remain vigilant,” said Cmdr. Scott Williams, area commander for the Ida response. “Our ability to conduct rescues can be diminished or non-existent at the height of a storm, but we have our crews staged and ready to respond to emergencies immediately after the hurricane passes.”

The Coast Guard is warning the public of these important safety messages:

  • Stay off the water. Hurricanes and tropical storms can be deadly and our ability to conduct rescues can be diminished or non-existent at the height of a storm. Be prepared, stay informed and heed storm warnings.
  • Be prepared. Owners of large boats are urged to move their vessels to inland marinas where they will be less vulnerable to breaking free of their moorings or sustaining damage. Mooring lines should be doubled in case of high winds. Boats that can be trailered should be pulled from the water and stored in a place that is not prone to flooding. Those who are leaving their boats in the water are reminded to remove EPIRBs and to secure life rings, life jackets, and small boats. These items, if not properly secured, can break free and require valuable search and rescue resources to be diverted to ensure people are not in distress.
  • Evacuate as necessary. If mandatory evacuations are set for an area, the public should evacuate without delay. Coast Guard personnel and other emergency responders may not be able to evacuate or rescue those in danger during the storm.
  • Secure belongings. Owners of large boats are urged to move their vessels to inland marinas where they will be less vulnerable to breaking free of their moorings or to sustaining damage. Trailer-able boats should be pulled from the water and stored in a place that is not prone to flooding. Those who are leaving their boats in the water are reminded to remove EPIRBs and to secure life rings, lifejackets and small boats. These items, if not properly secured, can break free and require valuable search and rescue resources be diverted to ensure people are not in distress.
  • Stay informed. The public should monitor the progress and strength of the storm through local television, radio, and the Internet. Boaters can monitor its progress on VHF radio channel 16. Information can also be obtained on small craft advisories and warnings on VHF radio channel 16.

For more information on hurricane preparedness visit Ready.Gov and NOAA websites, as well as following them on Twitter.

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