Resolve to be Ready

Ready Coast Guard

When a person signs on to become a Coast Guardsman, it comes with the responsibility to be Semper Paratus, always ready, always prepared. This dedication to preparedness for come-what-may is built into every aspect of life in the Coast Guard, and that doesn’t stop when work is done for the day.

Coast Guard members and employees, as well as their families, are encouraged to take preparedness one step further by attending the 2013 Juneau Preparedness Expo.

The Juneau-area Coast Guard commands and the Coast Guard Auxiliary joined the City of Juneau, state, federal, and several non-profit groups in organizing the expo. It is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 27, from 12 to 6 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Centennial Hall.

The expo will include a training session with Tom Mattice, Juneau’s emergency programs manager, which will cover:

  •      Disasters Common to Juneau
  •      Juneau’s Response Capabilities and Plans (in brief)
  •      Emergency Shelter Locations
  •      How to Build a Kit of Emergency Supplies for your Home and Family.  


“Next year will mark the 50th Anniversary of the 1964 Good Friday Earthquake that spanned across South-Central Alaska; it was the most powerful recorded earthquake in U.S. history and devastated the region,” said Capt. Anthony Vogt, chief of staff, Coast Guard 17th District. “This event reminds us that as Alaskans we face unique disasters and response challenges.  We accept this and know how important it is to take individual responsibility for recovery of our own families and community.”

Don’t want to wait for the expo? Great! Here are a few online resources you can use to begin preparing for disasters:

            Make a Plan

            Build an Emergency Kit

            Military Family Preparedness

            Ready Coast Guard Program

Remember, readiness starts at home.

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