Southeast Louisiana Coast Guard Units Prepare for Post-Hurricane Operations

NATCHEZ, Miss. — Coast Guard units throughout Southeast Louisiana are continuing preparations for the predicted landfall of Hurricane Gustav by pre-positioning assets and planning for post-storm deployment of forces.

Command and control functions of Coast Guard Sector New Orleans, operational commander for field units in the region, has re-located here to preserve continuity of operations and to direct pre-positioning assets. Coast Guard rescue boat crews and cutters have moved to safe havens, outside of the predicted storm path, and are preparing for post-storm response and recovery operations. Limited crews remain at Coast Guard shore units throughout the region to re-establish the facilities as the storm passes.

The Coast Guard is also working with other local, state and federal agencies to plan for coordinated severe weather response operations, including search and rescue support, waterway and facility assessments, restoration of aids to navigation, responding to hazardous materials spills, transport of victims and providing airborne logistics support.

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