Little Rock, Arkansas—Flag and Banner.com, a leading retail supplier of American flags and patriotic items, announced today that those boxy, red hurricane flags with the black squares are making a comeback after nearly two decades on the sidelines.
Kerry McCoy, Owner of Flag and Banner, said today that “what may seem like a step back in technology is really just one more way to protect the public. After the Katrina disaster we all want to feel safer and to have all the possible warning tools available.”
McCoy continued, “During the past 30 years – the time I have been in the flag business – I have seen occasional purchases of US Storm Signal flags, consisting of one or both of the red Gale Storm Pennant and the red and black squared Hurricane Storm Flag. Now after Katrina they are making a huge comeback.”
In 1989, after 100 years of use, the Coast Guard found Storm Signal flags to be an inferior warning device compared to other technological devices such as TV and radio. But today, with more storms and what seems to be increasingly stronger storms, the Coast Guard is trying everything they can to protect coastal residents and visitors including bringing back the Hurricane flag. While the flags reach is limited, we can expect to see more of the red and black squared flags flying along the coast for boaters and tourists to observe.
Join Flag and Banner as we celebrate Coast Guard Day on August 4th. Coast Guard Day honors the establishment of the Coast Guard in 1790 by Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton. The initial laws establishing the Coast Guard authorized the building of a fleet of ten cutters and tasked the Coast Guard with the enforcement of the first tariff laws enacted by Congress under the Constitution.
Today the USCG has a broad and important role in homeland security, law enforcement, search and rescue, marine environmental pollution response, and the maintenance of river, intracoastal and offshore aids to navigation (ATON). It also lays claim to being the United States’ oldest continuous seagoing service. The United States Coast Guard has approximately 40,150 men and women on active duty.