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Hurricane Response Protocol 2022

The Annual 2022 Gulf Inland Waterways Joint Hurricane Team Response Protocol Review was conducted on May 26, 2022 at the Port of New Orleans.

Thank you to all of the presenters from the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, National Weather Service and NOAA!

Click here for a copy of the 2022 Joint Hurricane Team Response Protocol:


Gulf Inland Waterways JHT Protocol 2022 FINAL 1JUN22


Copies of the various agency presentations are located below:

1-National Weather Service

2-Hurricane Protocol Overview


4-USCG District Eight

5-USACE New Orleans

6a-USCG Sector New Orleans

6b-USCG MSU Houma MSU Morgan City

7-USACE Mobile

8-USCG Sector Mobile

9-USACE Galveston

10-USCG Sector Houston-Galveston

11-USCG Sector Corpus Christi


During the devastating hurricane seasons of 2004 and 2005, the US Coast Guard (USCG), US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), and the inland barge industry worked together to bring about an unprecedented restoration of inland maritime commerce on the Intracoastal Waterway and Lower Mississippi River. That working relationship developed to further the effectiveness of a pre-existing partnership between the barge industry, USACE, and USCG in the area of waterway operations management. Early in 2006, these partners formally agreed to work together to more fully develop lessons learned from the past hurricane seasons and waterways management practices, with the goal of implementing an effective, consistent, safe, and expeditious restoration of Gulf Coast maritime commerce following future storms. Specifically, a Memorandum of Understanding, referencing cooperative hurricane response efforts between USACE, USCG, and the inland barge industry, via the Gulf Intracoastal Canal Association (GICA) and American Waterways Operators (AWO) documents the joint agreement.

As a result of that formal agreement, the Gulf Coast Inland Waterways Joint Hurricane Team (JHT) was formed. The primary objective of this team was to develop a document that captured the essence of what had worked well in the past storm seasons’ partnering efforts on hurricane response. A secondary objective was to continue to function in future years to continuously improve the original plan, based on lessons learned from each year’s response activities. The plan would be referred to as the Gulf Coast Inland Waterways Joint Hurricane Response Protocol. Specifically, the Protocol is intended to address the commercially navigable waters of the Lower Mississippi River below Baton Rouge, the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, and its tributaries. It would be revised, under the auspices of the Joint Hurricane Team, at least annually.

As the inland barge industry’s primary waterways management representative for the Gulf Coast, GICA maintains the Protocol. Applicable portions of the Protocol may be included in hurricane plans maintained by Federal, state, and local partners.

The President of GICA serves as Chair of the Joint Hurricane Team, and Co-Chairs are an Eighth Coast Guard District representative and a representative from each of the Gulf coast USACE Districts.

The Protocol is intended to focus on the working relationships, roles, and responsibilities of the USCG, USACE, NOAA, states, and Inland Barge Industry, partnering together to effectively and expeditiously secure the waterways prior to storm landfall and restore them afterward. It is not the intent of this Protocol to repeat or supplant specifics of existing USCG and USACE hurricane response plans.

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