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U.S. Coast Guard preparing for storms

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Posted at 11:00 AM, Aug 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-24 12:00:18-04

The Coast Guard has staged response assets and is urging safety precautions ahead of two tropical systems impacting the Gulf Coast this week.

Both Marco and Laura are threatening Louisiana. To see the latest, click here.

Hurricanes and tropical storms can be deadly, and the Coast Guard is urging people to be prepared, stay informed and heed storm warnings.

“These systems produce incredible amounts of rainfall in short periods of time, so we are urging people in the area to remain vigilant,” said Cmdr. Mickey Dougherty, area commander for the Marco/Laura response. “Our ability to conduct rescues can be diminished or non-existent at the height of a storm, but we have our crews staged and ready to respond to emergencies immediately after each storm passes.”

The Coast Guard is reminding the public of these important safety messages:

  • Stay off the water. Hurricanes and tropical storms can be deadly and our ability to conduct rescues can be diminished or non-existent at the height of a storm. Be prepared, stay informed and heed storm warnings.
  • Be prepared. Owners of large boats are urged to move their vessels to inland marinas where they will be less vulnerable to breaking free of their moorings or to sustaining damage. Mooring lines should be doubled in case of high winds. Boats that can be trailered should be pulled from the water and stored in a place that is not prone to flooding. Those who are leaving their boats in the water are reminded to remove EPIRBs and to secure life rings, life jackets, and small boats. These items, if not properly secured, can break free and require valuable search and rescue resources to be diverted and may put first responders in harm's way to ensure people are not in distress.
  • Evacuate as necessary. If mandatory evacuations are set for an area, the public should evacuate without delay. Coast Guard personnel and other emergency responders may not be able to evacuate or rescue those in danger during the storm.
  • Stay informed. The public should monitor the progress and strength of the storm through local television, radio, and the Internet. Boaters can monitor its progress on VHF radio channel 16. Information can also be obtained on small craft advisories and warnings on VHF radio channel 16.
  • For more information on hurricane preparedness visit Ready.Gov and NOAA websites, as well as following them on Twitter.

Here are some photos from Coast Guard preps, all courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard:

U.S. Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team (MSST) 91112 in Belle Chasse, La. is preparing for Hurricane Marco and Tropical Storm Laura Response, August 23, 2020. Coast Guard MSSTs maintain the highest level of readiness to respond to the nation’s most catastrophic emergencies and disasters.
U.S. Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team (MSST) 91112 in Belle Chasse, La. is preparing for Hurricane Marco and Tropical Storm Laura Response, August 23, 2020. Coast Guard MSSTs maintain the highest level of readiness to respond to the nation’s most catastrophic emergencies and disasters.
U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Saginaw leads Response Boat Mediums crews from Coast Guard Station Pascagoula and Coast Guard Station Dauhpin Island, August 23, 2020, to safe harbor from Tropical Storm Marco. The Coast Guard has staged response assets and is urging safety precautions ahead of two tropical systems expected to impact the Gulf Coast this week.

For more information follow the Coast Guard on Facebook [lnks.gd] and Twitter [lnks.gd].