Coast Guard Ready for North Carolina Hurricane Florence Response

Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team Miami and Tactical Law Enforcement Team South crew members prepare shallow water response boats to assist post Hurricane Florence Sept. 13, 2018, in Augusta, Georgia. Coast Guard crews from across the U.S. are strategically relocating personnel and assets for Hurricane Florence post-storm response. (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of MSST Miami)

Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team Miami and Tactical Law Enforcement Team South crew members prepare shallow water response boats to assist post Hurricane Florence Sept. 13, 2018, in Augusta, Georgia.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of MSST Miami)

GOLDSBORO, N.C. – The Coast Guard continues to monitor the progress of Hurricane Florence as it impacts North Carolina on Friday.

  • Currently there are 89 Coast Guard members in the incident command post on Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro.
  • There are six shallow water rescue boat teams staged in North Carolina awaiting safe operational conditions before beginning search and rescue operations. The teams are comprised of 48 people using 19 boats.
  • Coast Guard search and rescue aircraft remain staged in Savannah, Georgia; Elizabeth City, North Carolina; Clearwater, Florida; and Atlantic City, New Jersey, awaiting safe operational conditions before beginning rescue missions
  • Other Coast Guard units, including small boat stations, are staged and awaiting safe operational conditions to begin search and rescue.

“As the storm moves through the North Carolina region, we ask people to stay safe and seek high ground if they are impacted by flooding,” said Capt. Bion Stewart, incident commander of the Coast Guard’s Hurricane Florence response in North Carolina.

“Once weather subsides and conditions become safe for first responders, we will begin search and rescue, focus on environmental impacts and begin the process to re-open our ports,” said Stewart. “If you find yourself in a life threatening emergency, we ask you to call 911 for assistance.”

For photos and video of the Coast Guard’s preparation and response to Hurricane Florence, visit our Hurricane Florence Flickr album.

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