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Coast Guard Leads Hurricane Air Operations Exercise

The 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season begins on June 1 and agencies are gearing up.


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Coast Guard Petty Officer Manda Emery

With about a month to go before the start of hurricane season, various agencies took part in a hurricane air operations exercise.

A helicopter sounds above, signaling the Air Station Houston Hurricane Air Operations Plan, sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard. It included crews from Houston, Galveston and Corpus Christi, plus the Houston Police Department and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Manda Emery says scenarios were created from actual rescues that occurred from recent storms.

“With Hurricane Katrina and other hurricanes, we had to do a lot of air operations, getting individuals off of roof tops because of flooding from hurricanes,” Emery says.

In all, 13 aircraft crews took part. Emery says it’s important that rescues take place during any weather condition.

“We train in all types of conditions. Today happens to be a really nice day here in Houston. But we do training year-round, in all types of conditions to be prepared to respond,” Emery says.

The 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season begins on June 1.