Marine Safety in the Tampa Bay area
America's Waterway Watch
Protection from Terrorism
Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary
of Tampa maintain 380 miles of Florida coastline. Tampa is rated
10th for movement of cargo, with 50% being hazardous materials,
gasoline. Seaports are vulnerable targets for terrorists.
Security zones have been established
and patrols have been increased. It is imperative that we not only
continue but increase our efforts to protect our seaports. The Coast
Guard and and it's volunteer Auxiliary are serving our country through
programs called America's Waterway Watch.
How can you help America's
You can assist while boating. Keep
your eyes open for terrorist activity.
If you'd like to help by participating
in official on-the-water patrols, join the Auxiliary!
If you suspect any of the following, report
Suspicious persons conducting unusual
Suspicious persons photographing/making sketches
Suspicious persons loitering for extended periods
Suspicious persons renting watercraft or ultralight aircraft
Unknown vendors attempting to sell/deliver merchandise
Unknown persons asking detailed questions about operations
Unknown persons inquiring about details of local security
Unknown persons inquiring about arrangements and security
for public events
Unknown persons surveying bridge and waterway operations
Boats depositing suspicious passengers in non-passenger
Report suspicious activity to the
National Response Center
1-877-24 WATCH (1-877-249-2824)
Read what's happening in Homeland
Security nationally and locally.
(threats, infiltrations, targets, arrests, etc.)
the weekly bulletin.
Bring America's Waterway
to your civic, church, or other organization:
We have speakers available to present
America's Waterway Watch to your group or club. Our half-hour Power-Point
presentation will explain what's being done to protect our country
from terrorism in the local area and how everyone can help. Terrorist
activities in Florida have actually been stopped and arrests made
due to the help of civilians who knew what to look for and where
to call. Contact us to arrange
for a speaker from the Coast Guard Auxiliary.