U.S. Coast Guard on Long Island Sound stands ready to assist Puerto Rico

(Noelle Gardner/WTNH)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — The U.S. Coast Guard on Long Island Sound stands ready to assist Puerto Rico.

Public Affairs Officer with the U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Alaina Fagan said, “Right now the Coast Guard is assessing damage figuring out a plan of response and how many personnel they are going to need to support the operation.” They train all year for natural disasters.

coastguard6 U.S. Coast Guard on Long Island Sound stands ready to assist Puerto Rico
(Noelle Gardner/WTNH)

Lt. Fagan stated, “Any time we get any severe weather or large scale incident we surge forces in to help manage operations.”

They always have a severe weather plan in place.

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Lt. Fagan added, “Whenever the hurricane is a certain number of days out we start ramping up preparing our units, securing all of our facilities. We pull our small boats out if they are in the line of the storm we will even move our patrol boats to safe refuge to avoid fowl weather.”

coastguard U.S. Coast Guard on Long Island Sound stands ready to assist Puerto Rico
(Noelle Gardner/WTNH)

Crews from Long Island Sound are still in Texas and Florida helping out hurricane victims.

Lt. Kastriot Kastrati with the U.S. Coast Guard said, “If we are not actively responding to something we are preparing for it. We are planning for it.”

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Lt. Kastrati just got back from helping out law enforcement in Texas.

Lt. Kastrati said, “In the Port Aransas area for instance, there was no electricity, power was down, houses were destroyed, some houses not touched. But other houses completely demolished.” He told News 8 after a storm there’s a need for law enforcement presence.

Lt. Kastrati added, “There was a looting issue at the time and we made sure to provide that added security.”

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