Coast Guard Hurricane Michael response

An HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircrew from Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile conducted an over-flight of the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, Oct. 11, 2018. After a storm passes, the Coast Guard focuses on saving lives in the impacted area; the Coast Guard also responds to oil and hazardous material threats post-storm landfall.

An HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircrew from Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile conducted an over-flight of the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, Oct. 11, 2018.

MOBILE, Ala. — Coast Guard crews continue response efforts along the path of Hurricane Michael, Thursday.

As of 6:30 p.m., Coast Guard crews have rescued approximately 40 people and assisted 232.

Coast Guard shallow-water response teams have been conducting search and rescue efforts and removing debris from the roadways to ensure emergency services are able to access the roads. The shallow-water response teams helped assist 142 nursing home patients to a bus that transferred them to a safe haven at a Pensacola hospital.

Coast Guard Port Evaluation Assessment Teams are assessing damage caused by the hurricane and have been actively engaged with port partners to ensure reopening of Pensacola and Panama City waterways.

Coast Guard pollution responders are evaluating waterfront facilities, sunken, damaged or capsized vessels and conducting overflights to ensure mitigation of hazards to the maritime environment.

The general public should remain cautious, even in ideal conditions, and be aware of hazards, storm surge debris, and possible flooding conditions due to the hurricane.

If you, your friends or family need emergency assistance, call 911 and provide your location, zip code, street name and number of people in need of assistance.

Do not call for rescue if you are not in a life-threatening situation. Rescue teams are prioritizing rescues by urgency.

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