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Hurricane Contingency Plans

Hurricane and Heavy Weather Contingency Plans

Most US Coast Guard Sectors have promulgated hurricane contingency plans or heavy weather contingency plans, intended to provide guidance to the maritime community with regard to preparing for and minimizing disruption caused by severe weather conditions, taking into account different geographic and operational characteristics in each locale. Below is a link to a document providing access to various such plans that I have been able to locate. Sectors not included on this list may well have issued plans that I have yet to locate and retrieve. Sectors may also have issued updated versions of plans that supersede the ones on this list. Please notify me if you are aware of new or updated plans that should be on this list.

Hurricane and Heavy Weather Contingency Plans provides links to all of the Sector contingency plans located to date.

Sector Baltimore produced an excellent 100-page Heavy Weather Guide providing background information and planning advice. While some of the guidance is specific to Sector Baltimore, most is broader in scope.

The National Hurricane Center website includes the latest hurricane weather forecasts.

FEMA – hurricane preparedness provides general information on preparing for the arrival of a hurricane in your vicinity.

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    In the August 2015 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "Ocean acidification". In the article, I discuss reasons that the chemistry of the oceans is changing and the impacts of those changes. The major causal factor is the rising level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, which is causing the carbon dioxide level in the oceans to rise. This, in turn, leaches calcium carbonate minerals out of shellfish and other marine creatures, weakening and eventually killing the animals. There is no easy remedy for this situation.