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 to survey affected areas to assess the storm’s impact on local waterways and the coastal environment.

A civil engineering unit is en route to Mississippi to assess damage to Coast Guard units there.

All Coast Guard units are resuming operations as conditions permit.

Coast Guard helicopters were launched from Mobile as soon as Hurricane Gustav passed in case they were needed for search and rescue.

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