Planning and Preparation Ensures Success: Aids to Navigation Restoration After Hurricane Katrina

While oceans are the primary means of moving freight internationally, U.S. river, coastal, and Great Lakes waterways serve as the receiving and distribution points essential to the movement of ocean-borne freight to and within the United States. Waterways management, restoration capacity, and expertise are essential to maritime preparedness, port resilience, rapid restoration of commerce, economic stability, and to ensuring long-term recovery following massive damage. This article discusses how the U.S. Coast Guard's aids to navigation units and the waterways management team were able to successfully respond to the potential devastation posed by Hurricane Katrina. To prepare for Katrina, deployable aids to navigation teams were established with boats, crews, and aids to navigation (AtoN) spare equipment from around Florida. These teams were in place and on the road, heading west as Katrina made landfall. Other vital preparations included the clear identification and updated inventory of hurricane AtoN equipment stores and AtoN positioning equipment.


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  • Accession Number: 01054396
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 27 2007 3:58PM