Vice Adm. Scott Buschman, commander of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Atlantic area, has said the service is still looking to repair its facilities damaged by three hurricanes two years ago, Federal News Network reported Wednesday.
Buschman noted that Coast Guard facilities in the Virgin Islands, South and North Carolina, Puerto Rico, Florida and Texas are yet to fully recover from the impact of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. He added the Coast Guard wants to reconstruct its damaged bases by hardening or elevating them to avoid water and weather-related damages.
“We are looking at making sure that wherever we rebuild a facility that we can rebuild the resiliency standard so they can survive future storm that might impact that area,” he said.
The Coast Guard is also working on deploying unmanned aerial systems for disaster response and modernizing the service’s information technology infrastructure.