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11th District Public Affairs

U.S. Coast Guard

News Release

Date: Nov. 02, 2012

U.S. Coast Guard District 11 Public Affairs

Contact: Petty Officer 2nd Class Pamela J. Boehland

Office: (510) 772-8865

California-based Coast Guard responders deploy to assist with Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts

ALAMEDA, Calif. - Coast Guard teams based in San Diego, Alameda, and Novato, Calif. have deployed to the East Coast to assist with Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts.  As emergency operations shift to recovery efforts, Coast Guard teams are working with federal, state and local authorities to ensure the safety and security of ports and facilities in the region and assist with pollution response and flood recovery operations. 

The San Diego-based Coast Guard Pacific Area Tactical Law Enforcement Team, and Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team San Francisco each deployed a squad of law enforcement specialists to assist with port security and safety patrols.

More than a dozen Coast Guard Pacific Strike Team members, who routinely deploy to assist with oil and hazardous chemical spills around the country, are assisting Coast Guard, Environmental Protection Agency, and local responders with hazardous material removal and will be involved in operating high-capacity pumps to dewater the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel.

"Coast Guard men and women are always ready to serve wherever their country calls," said Lt. Todd Taylor, executive officer of MSST San Francisco. "Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who have been impacted by Sandy.  Now that the storm as passed, our crews will do everything they can to help our friends and neighbors return to normalcy."

 U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Sean Stone, a response technician from the Atlantic Strike Team, coordinates with a Motiva representative to determine environmental impact, cleanup effectiveness, resource availability and to ensure the spills are contained and cleaned after Hurricane Sandy destroyed areas near Linden, N.J., Oct. 31, 2012. The strike team also analyzing air quality and check nearby shore structures. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Timothy Tamargo.

Coast Guard responders assess the damage from Hurricane Sandy

U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Sean Stone, a response technician from the Atlantic Strike Team, coordinates with a Motiva representative to determine environmental impact, cleanup effectiveness, resource availability and to ensure the spills are contained and cleaned after Hurricane Sandy destroyed areas near Linden, N.J., Oct. 31, 2012. The strike team has also been analyzing air quality and checking nearby shore structures. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Timothy Tamargo.

 Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class John Paul Brown, a damage controlman with Tactical Law Enforcement Team Pacific, provides security on a dock in Haiti, Friday, Jan. 22, 2009. While outside of their normal realm of anti-narcotics operations, the team will be working to provide a safe environment for port specialists to aid the Haitian governement by helping to reopening the damaged ports. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Stephen Lehmann.

Stock photo of a Coast Guard Pacific Area Tactical Law Enforcement Team member responding to a previous disaster 

Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class John Paul Brown, a damage controlman with Tactical Law Enforcement Team Pacific, provides security on a dock in Haiti, Friday, Jan. 22, 2010. While outside of their normal realm of anti-narcotics operations, the team will be working to provide a safe environment for port specialists to aid the Haitian government by helping to reopening the damaged ports. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Stephen Lehmann.

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