Reservist

ISS1 2018

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response sites with the mission of overseeing the assessment, mitigation and removal of hazardous substances and vessels from ports and waterways. During these assessments, a higher priority is placed on vessels found to be actively leaking pollution. As teams locate emergent pollution situations, immediate action is taken to contain the material and remove it from the environment. ESF-10 operations can be messy work. As the long and arduous process of picking up the post-storm pieces drags on, tensions are usually running pretty high. Decisions must be made on prioritization and resource allocation — decisions which may or may not be congruent with the agendas of the various stakeholders in the response. Environmental sensitivity, public frustration with the pace of operations, and bureaucratic hurdles add additional levels of intricacies to an already complex mission. Factor in the glare of the media's spotlight on response activities and responders are stretched to the limit of both their potential and patience. Every reservist's experience on a contingency response is different. Two members from the same rating sometimes end up filling completely different roles in the response depending on when they arrive and what their ICS training portfolio contains. And no two responses are the same, so all these factors have the making for some incredible sea stories and some unforgettable memories. These are just a few of the stories from the 2017 ESF-10 responses. � U.S. Coast Guard i nvestigative Service agents, and t actical Law e nforcement t eam South crewmembers load a Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from a ir Station Clearwater, with food and water for residents in Utuado, Puerto Rico, Sept. 29. a s part of the Department of Homeland Security team, the Coast Guard is linked directly to F e M a and the overall federal hurricane recovery phase of the response to Hurricane Maria. Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Meredith Manning Mi DDL e: U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Joe Kelly, a t actical Law e nforcement t eam South crewmember, hands a bottle of water to a child in Utuado, Puerto Rico, Sept. 29. a s part of the Department of Homeland Security team, the Coast Guard is linked directly to F e M a and the overall federal hurricane recovery phase of the response to Hurricane Maria. Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Meredith Manning B O tt OM : Petty Officer 3rd Class Christopher Stirling, Coast Guard t actical Law e nforcement t eam South crewmember, and a Coast Guard i nvestigative Service agent hug locals in a guadilla, Puerto Rico, on Oct. 6, after delivering relief supplies. t he Coast Guard is part of the overall federal hurricane recovery phase of the response to Hurricane Maria. Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class e ric D. Woodall 2017 a tlantic h urricane s eason r ecords: • September broke all-time record S for the number of storm days, hurricane days and major hurricane days. t here were 40.25 hurricane days, since the days of each storm are counted separately. • Sept. 8 S et the one-day record for accumulated cyclone energy ( ace ), thanks the com B ined forces of h urricanes i rma, j ose, and k atia. s eptem B er also B roke the record for most ace in a month. • i rma' S maximum S u S tained wind S peed of 185 mph made it the S tronge S t S torm that' S ever exi S ted in the a tlantic, outside the c ari BB ean and g ulf of m exico. • i rma S et a record for maintaining that S ame inten S ity for 37 hours, longer than any other storm on the glo B e. • h arvey broke the record for mo S t rainfall from a tropical cyclone in the us , with more than 60 inches of rain falling at two measuring stations in s outheast t exas. • t hi S wa S the fir S t known year that two c ategory 4 storms made landfall in the continental us : i rma and h arvey. • m aria wa S the fir S t c ategory 5 S torm to hit d ominica and the S tronge S t S torm to hit p uerto r ico S ince 1928. ( s ource: c olorado s tate u niversity t ropical m eteorology p roject) 22 RESERVIST � Issue 1 • 2018

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