I've been thinking a great deal about the Katrina situation. I'm sure most of us have. For much of the nation, it's close to home, but not too close. We'll feel the impact at the pump (my local station's prices have risen 20 to 30 cents every day since Tuesday), but life will go on.
And, for the Coast Guard, operations will go on, too. While we plan for the weeks to come (my current cube mate is planning logistics for sector's continuing response), current operations continue to flow. Search and rescue doesn't stop. We have to both meet the needs here in Hampton Roads and we have to help those along the Gulf coast.
We sent our first team down yesterday. Ops continue here: routine harbor patrols, SAR cases (running one now; a shrimper some 50 miles off shore who lost his shaft), inspections, etc.
It's going to be a balancing act the next many months. Let's hope we get it right.