Sunday, September 04, 2005

The Coast Guard's been busy in NOLA

ALEXANDRIA, La. (Sept. 2, 2005) - Coast Guard rescue helicopters line the tarmac at Air Station New Orleans in Belle Chasse, La., today. Coast Guard search and rescue crews are continuing to respond after Hurricane Katrina left thousands of New Orleans citizens in peril. The Coast Guard has used aviation assets from Coast Guard Air Stations New Orleans, Houston, Corpus Christi, Texas, Mobile, Ala., Miami, Elizabeth City, N.C., Clearwater, Fla., and Cape Cod, Mass., as well as Navy, Army National Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary, Air Force and commercial aircraft. U.S. Coast Guard photograph by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kyle Niemi.

Here's the lastest from the CG incident commander for the New Orleans area. The high point as I read it, and one all Coasties can be proud of, is plain and simple.
The Coast Guard has rescued more than 17,000 people from the flooded areas of New Orleans. These rescues were performed by Coast Guard helicopters, boats and cutters, as well as ferries organized by the Coast Guard.
More folks to rescue, at least that's reports coming out of NOLA. I think we're both standing on the beach ball and juggling now.

Our response forces in New Orleans area include:
  • The Coast Guard Sector New Orleans incident command is located at the Louisiana Convention Centre in Alexandria, LA. Sector New Orleans coordinates all Coast Guard operations in the New Orleans area.

  • More than 1,300 Coast Guard personnel are currently engaged in Hurricane Katrina response efforts around New Orleans, with many more personnel enroute.

  • 61 Coast Guard aircraft are involved in the response including: 36 helicopters (15 HH-60 Jayhawk and 21 HH-65 Dolphin), 11 fixed-wing aircraft (5 HC-130 Hercules and 6 HU-25 Falcon), and 14 Coast Guard Auxiliary aircraft that primarily include small private planes.

  • Six Coast Guard cutters are supporting the response including: Coast Guard Cutters Spencer, Pamlico, Sturgeon, Pelican, Clamp.

  • 71 Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary small boats are employed around New Orleans.

  • Boats and personnel from Maritime Safety and Security Teams 91104 and 91112, from New Orleans and Galveston, Texas, are assisting in operations in New Orleans.

  • Two Disaster Area Response Teams (DARTs) are conducting operations in New Orleans.
Now that sounds like a response.

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