Coast Guard Responding to Influx of Storms

By Navy Seaman William Selby WASHINGTON – In the wake of Hurricane Gustav, the Coast Guard is making preparations for a possible wave of tropical storms and hurricanes, a senior Coast Guard officer said Sept. 5. “We don’t have a lot of bench strength, but we’re moving forces around in preparation for each one of these operations to position them so that we can respond,” Coast Guard Vice Adm....

Coast Guard establishes ship channel information webpage

HOUSTON – The Coast Guard has established a ship channel information Web page for the ports affected in the Gulf after Hurricane Gustav made landfall. The Web page includeds the Ports of: * Gulfport, Miss. * Mobile, Ala. * New Orleans * Pascagoula, Miss. * Texas City, Texas * Galveston, Texas * The Houston Ship Channel * Freeport, Texas * Sabine Pass,...

Coast Guard establishes hotline for families of Hurricane Gustav responders

HOUSTON – The Coast Guard Incident Management Team in St. Louis has established a hotline for families of Coast Guard personnel responding to Hurricane Gustav. The phone number is intended for those who have family members in the Coast Guard who are involved in Hurricane Gustav response. The IMT has received calls from moms, dads and grandparents requesting information about their loved ones,...

Mississippi River Patrol After Hurricane Gustav Left New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS- Boat crews from Coast Guard Sector New Orleans conduct the first waterway patrols after Hurricane Gustav on the Mississippi River near downtown, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008. The crews assessed damage from Gustav by looking for pollution, sunken vessels, any hazards to navigation and verifying the location of navigational markers and buoys. The teams reported their findings to the sector to...

Coast Guard overflight of Southeastern Texas and Southwestern Louisiana

Houston – An Air Station Houston HH-65C helicopter rescue crew conducts an overflight of the Port Arthur and Sabine Pass, Texas, and Cameron, La., areas post Hurricane Gustav. The purpose of the flight is to scan portions of southeastern Texas and southwestern Louisiana for damage or pollution as a result of the hurricane. US Coast Guard Video by Petty Officer Renee C. Aiello

Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater Winds Down From Busy Weekend, Gears Up For Busy Month

CLEARWATER, Fla. – Helicopter and search-plane crews from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater are winding down from a busy weekend along America’s Gulf Coast and gearing up for a stormy September. A rescue helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater rescued two kayakers, Chris Copenhaver, 19, of Clearwater, and Andrew Kolonick, 19, of St. Petersburg, Fla., from Egmont Key, Fla.,...

Mississippi Overflight Video after Hurricane Gustav

The Coast Guard conducts an overflight assessment of Biloxi, Miss. after Hurricane Gustav passed through on Monday, Sept. 1, 2008.

Unified Command established in Mobile, Ala.

MOBILE, Ala. – A Unified Command was established in Mobile, Ala., Monday to respond to damage from Hurricane Gustav in Alabama, Mississippi and the Florida Panhandle. The Unified Command comprises representatives from the Coast Guard, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Alabama Department of Environmental Management and the Gulf Intracoastal Canal Association. The Coast Guard will continue...

Coast Guard DART prepares for Hurricane Gustav operations

In this video the Coast Guard Disaster Assistance and Response Team, staged at the Reliant Center in Houston, prepares to be deployed to areas along the Texas and Louisiana coast affected by Hurricane Gustav, Sept. 1, 2008. The DART has special shallow-water search and rescue capabilities and is comprised of personnel from Huntington, W. Va., Paducah, Ky., Louisville, Ky. and Memphis, Tenn. The DART...