Proceedings Of The Marine

SPR 2015

Proceedings magazine is a communication tool for the Coast Guard's Marine Safety & Security Council. Each quarterly magazine focuses on a specific theme of interest to the marine industry.

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77 Spring 2015 Proceedings Throughout its 40-plus years, the National Strike Force (NSF) has supported Federal Emergency Management Admin- istration (FEMA) response to man-made or natural disas- ters. While Coast Guard sectors and marine safety units are not designed to manage a large catastrophe alone, units are expected to be self-sustaining for the initial 72 hours of an incident. Thereafter, units can draw from resources, including the NSF, the marine transportation recovery unit, district response advisory teams, emergency preparedness liaison offcers, and the Incident Management Assistance Team. Coast Guard Policy In support of the federal interagency, the Coast Guard pro- vides personnel to staff elements of the National Response Coordination Center (NRCC) under the Coast Guard's con- nectivity to the National Response Framework. From a statutory standpoint, Coast Guard operations are typically focused on maritime emergencies. Events involving a Stafford Act declaration 1 and subsequent state or federal agency requests for Coast Guard assistance require special attention. FEMA personnel will issue a mission assignment to meet urgent immediate and short-term needs of a state that is unable to provide resources necessary to save lives or protect public health, public safety, and property. W hen states or other agencies recognize a need for assis- tance, they communicate that need to the appropriate regional response coordination center, joint feld offce, or the National Response Coordination Center. Coast Guard representatives then coordinate mission assignments with the appropriate district commands, areas (or the operational commander), or their delegated command personnel. Occasionally, the NRCC will issue mission assignments at the national level. For these cases, Coast Guard liaisons in the NRCC coordinate mission assignment requests with Coast Guard headquarters and the areas to determine ade- quate surge support capacity. Hurricane Ike, 2008 In September 2008, Hurricane Ike made landfall in the Houston-Galveston, Texas, area with maximum sustained winds exceeding 100 mph. The initial storm surge was up to 25 feet in some coastal areas, leading to numerous search and rescue cases, displacing or destroying more than 50 per- cent of aids to navigation, and generating more than 250 pollution reports. Prior to landfall, Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston surged more than 40 of its organic personnel to San Anto- nio, Texas, in anticipation of search and rescue, water- ways management, and environmental response missions. Calling in Reinforcements Coast Guard surge support. by Mr. Kevin SligH Chief U.S. Coast Guard Incident Management and Cross Contingency Division LCDR roBert gore Branch Chief U.S. Coast Guard Incident Management Policy Incident Management A Coast Guard C-130 J fight crew load a FEMA response vehicle. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Offcer Christopher Evanson.

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