The events of Hurricane Harvey are indisputably horrid for some and just plain not-so-good for others. It’s times like this that a majority of the Coast Guard jumps into action. We, as an organization, are good at what we do day-to-day with Search and Rescue, pollution mitigation, vessel inspections, etc. But where I think we shine is when the nation is in crisis- the Hurricane Harvey situations of the world.
As with most incidents, we deployed people out the door even before the storm made landfall. We stood up command posts, Incident Command System’s, and Crisis Action Teams/Ops Centers. We also had people in boats, helos, and walking door to door helping those in need. We evacuated people, supplied food, shelters, water, and a plethora of other items that were needed.
Here are some photos from the front lines taken by LuAnn Kehelenbach who’s deployed as one of our asset managers (she actually has a much more complicated title, but that sums it out).
This is where the Coast Guard shines- in my opinion.