U.S. Coast Guard personnel from Sector Columbia River, along with Air Station Port Angeles and Sector Puget Sound, have deployed in response to Hurricane Harvey.
An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Sector Columbia River was sent to Air Station San Diego to help cover for aircraft deployed to Texas, where the Coast Guard has rescued more than 2,000 people. The Coast Guard has 20 helicopters in the region conducting rescues, along with crews on land and water.
“This is an all-hands response that involves personnel and support from across the country,” Capt. Sean Cross, incident management chief of the Coast Guard’s 13th District, said in a release. “Our crews train using standardized procedures on identical assets regardless of their home unit. This facilitates response flexibility by allowing us to mix and match crews and assets from different locations in time of crisis such as this.”
“The Coast Guard is working very closely with our federal, state and local partners to make sure we do this as safely and quickly as possible,” said Capt. Tony Hahn, incident commander and captain of the port in Corpus Christi. “We are continuing port assessments and collecting data on damage, debris and pollution in order to regain full operation of the affected ports.