Coast Guard pre-stages assets for Tropical Storm Barry

Members at Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans are preparing their assets to respond to Tropical Storm Barry, July 12, 2019.

Members at Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans preparing their assets to respond to Tropical Storm Barry, July 12, 2019.

NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard has begun securing its area of responsibility along the Gulf Coast as the threat of Tropical Storm Barry continues to move inland, Friday.

Personnel in the Eighth Coast Guard District are pre-staging assets in safe and nearby locations to prepare to respond after Tropical Storm Barry makes landfall.

Coast Guard aircraft are pre-staged at Coast Guard Air Station Houston, Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans, and Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile in preparation for post-storm overflight support.

Three Coast Guard Shallow Water Response teams have deployed and pre-staged in Covington, Louisiana, and another three teams have deployed and pre-staged in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Mobile Response Kit from Coast Guard Gulf Strike Team and crews from Coast Guard Station New Orleans have pre-staged in Slidell, Louisiana. Additional crews from Coast Guard Tactical Law Enforcement Team South and Coast Guard Marine Safety and Security Team Kings Bay are on standby in Mobile, Alabama.

A Coast Guard Family Support Team has been established in Slidell, LA to facilitate lodging and needs of evacuated dependents.

Hurricanes and tropical storms can be deadly and the Coast Guard’s ability to conduct rescues can be diminished or non-existent at the height of the storm. Be prepared, stay informed, and heed storm warnings.


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