Coast Guard bolsters readiness to meet all demands

MIAMI – Coast Guard units throughout Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina are taking action to meet response needs that may result from Hurricane Gustav and Tropical Storm Hannah. To meet potential needs, the Coast Guard has put additional ships, fixed and rotary wing aircraft, medical teams, disaster assistance teams and other personnel on call to ensure a rapid response to Gustav and Hannah, while ensuring no degradation of service delivery in the three state region and Caribbean.

In addition, Coast Guard assets throughout the U.S. have deployed to the Gulf Coast to assist in search and rescue, environmental response and recovery efforts in advance of Gustav.

The Coast Guard reminds the public to keep a close watch on the storms as they approach and pay attention to safety announcements. It is very important that mariners and the general public stay alert for waterway and bridge closures due to the storms. In particular, people should know that most moveable bridges, especially railroad bridges, close when winds reach 35 mph. Bridge closures may make waterways impassable to vessels seeking to avoid severe weather.

Adverse weather effects generated by a hurricane can cover an area hundreds of miles wide. Even those who fall outside of the direct path of the storm are advised to be cognizant of dangerous weather conditions and take appropriate precautions to stay safe and minimize damage.

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