Sharpening Hurricane Response

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During their division meeting in Tallahassee Saturday morning, Auxiliary members reviewed their hurricane response efforts.

Organizers say they must be able to quickly mobilize all their members and remain available to the Coast Guard when storms begin to brew in the Gulf of Mexico.

"Every member of the Auxiliary is put on notice and every flotilla commander across the panhandle is contacting their members by e-mail, by phone, making sure we know where they are and identifying those assets that we have that can be immediately deployed to support those Coast Guard functions," said Rich Rasmussen, a U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary member.

The local Coast Guard Auxiliary is made up of about 400 volunteers from around the Florida panhandle.