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US Coast Guard and Hurricane Harvey

Watchstanders in the Coast Guard Atlantic Area Command Center monitor search and rescue cases – USCG© photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nate Littlejohn/Released

In a report from Portsmouth, Virginia, over the weekend 2/3 September it was learnt that US Coast Guard Atlantic Area personnel stationed in the Hampton Roads, Virginia, area continue to respond to the impacts of Hurricane Harvey. Local Coast Guard units providing support include the Fifth Coast Guard District, Force Readiness Command, Maritime Security Response Team, USCG Communications Command, Incident Management Assistance Team and members assigned to Base Portsmouth and the Portsmouth Federal Building.

USCG Lt-Commmander Sarah Ernst and Lt-Commander David Twomey (left) working to support Hurricane Harvey response efforts – USCG© photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nate Littlejohn/Released

A primary responsibility for Atlantic Area Command is to mobilize people and assets as well as provide command oversight. More than 250 Coast Guard members are actively participating in a response effort here in the Tidewater Area, and an additional 70 locally-sourced surge staff are scheduled to join the effort. More than 50 active duty and reserve personnel from the Tidewater Area are deployed to the affected areas in Texas and Louisiana. The Coast Guard expects this response to continue for an extended period, and to rotate personnel as necessary for clean up and port assessments. The search and rescue portion of the response is slowly winding down, with more than 10,600 lives saved so far.