Tuesday, 31 January 2023

Coast Guard Auxiliary: Terrorism is everyone's concern

LAKE COUNTY – Most Lake County residents are not of interest to terrorists, but terrorism should be a concern to Lake County residents.


Terror is generated by “random” acts of violence. It comes from the unpredictability of that violence.


Since Sept. 11, 2001, the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary has dedicated thousands of hours patrolling our bridges, ports, refineries and waterways. The USCG Auxiliary has been the eyes and ears of the Waterway Watch program. A program similar to the Neighborhood Watch program.


“The America’s Waterway Watch program just makes good sense,” said Robert Nelson, a spokesperson for the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. “People who spend much of their time on or near the water already know what is normal and what is not – just like they do when it comes to their own backyard, and they are well suited to notice suspicious activities, including activities possibly indicating threats to our nation's homeland security.”


Lake County boaters have as much a role in this program as other folks throughout our nation. When we consider the impact of a suicide bombing and that individuals access to public areas, it isn’t hard to imagine how a small vessel could be the bearer of terror within the recreational waters we enjoy.


The Bay Area is some of the most beautiful boating waters in the world. We protect ourselves, our loved ones and our country by simply staying alert. For more information about the America’s Waterway Watch program visit www.americaswaterwaywatch.org.


Learn more about boating safely in a boating class on July 19. Contact Betty Strach, Flotilla staff officer for public education at 928-9811. For information about the local Auxiliary call Rich Thomas at 489-0466.


As the uniformed, civilian component of the Coast Guard, the Coast Guard Auxiliary has the primary responsibility for America’s Waterway Watch outreach to the recreational boating community. For more information about the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary visit www.cgaux.org.


Betty Strach is commander and staff officer for public education for Flotilla 11N0808 Lake County.


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