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Coast Guard Foundation to Honor Southeast Coast Guard Units for 2022 Hurricane Response

Coast Guard members prepare survivors for transportation to safety by boat in September 2022.
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by Ron LaBrec
March 20, 2023

The Coast Guard Foundation will honor the Coast Guard’s response to Hurricanes Fiona and Ian at its annual South Florida event on April 28. Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, President and CEO of Celebrity Cruises, will also be recognized for her leadership in the maritime industry.

The Tribute to the Coast Guard Seventh District will be held at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort, starting at 6:30 pm. Attended by Coast Guard members, maritime and defense industry leaders and supporters of the Coast Guard, the annual event raises money for Foundation programs that support service members and families.

A collage of Coast Guard members assisting survivors from Hurricane Ian in September 2022.,
Coast Guard members rescued roughly 1,000 survivors after Hurricane Ian devastated southwest Florida on September 23, 2022

The Coast Guard plays a vital role in preparing local communities for impending hurricanes as well as saving lives and ensuring the essential flow of maritime shipping after storms pass. In less than seven days following Hurricane Ian’s landfall near Ft. Myers Beach, Fla., Coast Guard members rescued more than 1,000 people and over 100 pets. They also rushed relief supplies and evacuated residents of coastal islands that were cut off after the storm.

Following Hurricanes Fiona and Ian, the Coast Guard Foundation opened its emergency disaster relief program to assist Coast Guard members and families who suffered losses. More than 160 Coast Guard members received grants of up to $3,000 to cover a variety of needs, including: replacement and repair of household goods, food and necessities, insurance deductibles, temporary housing, and emergency travel.

The Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard, Admiral Steve Poulin, and other national and regional leaders are expected to attend the event, as will Coast Guard members from throughout the southeast United States.

Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard Adm. Steve Poulin speaks at the podium 2022 Texas Salutes the Coast Guard event in Houston, Nov. 4, 2022.
Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard Adm. Steve Poulin speaks at the 2022 Texas Salutes the Coast Guard event in Houston, Nov. 4, 2022. Adm. Poulin will keynote the 2023 Tribute to the Coast Guard Seventh District event in Fort. Lauderdale, April 28., 2023
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Thanks to the Coast Guard Foundation and its donors for all of the support… I know some members took advantage of the grants and were effusive on how quick and easy the process was. They said it was a huge relief and let them quickly address their situations and refocus back on their Coast Guard duties!”
- Coast Guard Commander Shawn Lansing, Deputy Commander, Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg.

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