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HURRICANE HARVEY: Coast Guard Foundation activates relief fund

A Coast Guard aircrewman holds an infant during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey

A Coast Guard aircrewman holds an infant during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

The Coast Guard Foundation has activated its Disaster Relief and Response Fund to assist Coast Guard members affected by Hurricane Harvey.

“As we see the hurricane rescue efforts unfold, we bear witness to the skill and expertise of the men and women of the United States Coast Guard,” Susan Ludwig, president of the Coast Guard Foundation, said in a statement.

“These brave men and women are working around the clock in high winds and torrential rains to help those in the Houston and surrounding areas to higher ground. While they are working tirelessly to rescue more than 4,000 people, so far, for many, their homes and possessions have been destroyed by the most dangerous hurricane to hit the U.S. in over a decade.”

The nonprofit foundation’s disaster-relief program was established 12 years ago in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Since then the foundation has responded to help Coast Guard families affected by natural disasters.

“We know that 5,000 Coast Guard members are stationed in the affected area and their needs will go beyond the immediate term,” Ludwig said. “We welcome the public’s support to bring short- and long-term relief to these heroic men and women and their families as the rescue effort turns to restoration and rebuilding.”

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