It was a normal Tuesday morning at Coast Guard Station Quillayute River. Everyone was either working on their usual duties or preparing for them. However that all changed when a call came in announcing a Tsunami Warning! A warning that requires an immediate response!
In the ensuing minutes, all hands calmly and professionally prepared to do what they are trained to do. Some donned their survival gear in preparation for boarding and launching the motor launches which were part of the drill. Others prepared to secure the station to aid with evacuations and land-based duties. During this drill, command staff members met to discuss and review how the operation had progressed and possible additional preparations that might be needed. As it turns out an actual rescue even occurred later in the day.
As an observer it was very gratifying to see all these men and women, some still in their teens, in action. People who are on watch 24 hours a day, ready to aid in many different tasks. In addition, the command staff not only welcomed visitors and questions but also looked for more ways to be ready for helping with emergency preparedness. As I toured the facilities and one of the boats, the officer in charge and I were discussing possible radio links that we might be able to share in a disaster. A big thank you goes out to everyone at the station for the job they do and for the welcome while seeing them at work!