BZ: Coast Guard Borinquen helps the south

Borinquen Family,

This past Friday Jan. 10 the clinic staff, along with members from the chiefs mess, CDC, and the Chapel went to the earthquake struck towns of Guanica and Yauco. While there we took your donations and distributed them out to the families in need. In all we helped over 300 people. We greatly appreciate your donations.

Prepare: Develop a Seismic Consciousness

Photo: Ratna Sagar Shrestha/THT

Summary of what Dr. Molinelli (eminent geomorphologist of the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus) said on Radio Isla. Everyone should read it.

✔️He says that people must be moved from the most vulnerable areas because the thousands of people who are approaching either to help or to find out are putting their lives and those of other refugees at risk.

📌It will continue to shake and in case of another stronger earthquake, the panorama can be seriously complicated due to the number of people who are there at this time.

📌We all want to go south. We all want to help. But as our help is more effective it is taking our contributions to serious brigades that we know. Not throwing us there.

✔️A well-built building that has followed the codes, is as safe as an earthy house and safer than a poorly constructed house.

📌During the earthquake do not take elevators or go down the stairs. Stay crouched until the earthquake passes. Then go down the stairs quickly.

📌 After the earthquake has passed, you can go out and check if you have cracks in your home to see if you can stay there. Turn off gas and disconnect electricity and start taking water jugs because it is very possible that after this you run out of it.

📌 Step 1 before the backpack to verify if the structure where you live has followed the building codes.

📌 Old San Juan, (about Las Fiestas de San Sebastian), has, at the moment the same risk it has always had. This recent natural activity does not increase the risks. It will be wise to wait until today Monday to make the decision.

📌 Children in schools, never place themselves under the desks. They will be crushed. He says that in schools instead of children having desks should have strong tables where everyone can get under.

📌There are solutions for short columns in schools. He suggests a type of concrete cabinet that supports the column.

📌 Find out how trained your children’s teachers are. If they know how to give first aid. Find out if there is a plan at school.

📌Don’t get under trees. Branches that have become weak or loose due to Maria could fall on you.

📌If you are in the car and an earthquake happens, you will feel as if you had an empty tire or if the car is derailing. Never stop waiting for the earthquake to pass under a bridge. Verify that you have no wires touching the car. Do not walk between cars.

✔️He says that most buildings will not collapse (including hospitals).

📌10% chance of having an earthquake up to 6.0, like the ones we have already had.

📌1% or less likely to be higher.

📌Backpack preparation is secondary to a community preparation.
Gather your neighbors. Find out who is a doctor, or a mason, who has a crane. Identify your old and single people. Make a profile of your community. That is the most important.

📌We have to develop a seismic consciousness. If you are going to eat somewhere, you don’t sit near windows or things that might fall on you.

📌 If you are crouched under a table, hold on to one of the legs because the movement can move it and you can be exposed.

📌In the worst case scenario, the Island will not be destroyed. It will remain standing. No tsunami covers Puerto Rico. Our land is solid and firm.

📌What is happening is new to the country but it is natural.

Less fear and more planning.

No matter how much we criticise the government and local authorities, it will be very difficult for a developing nation to respond to the challenges of major, cataclysmic events completely prepared. Hence, my lesson from this unfortunate disaster is — to first know and understand why earthquake takes place and how best can one respond to such events under challenging situations. I have learnt to enquire about the seismic level zone where an individual resides, the quality of the construction materials of the buildings, road conditions, and based on that to roughly evaluate how vulnerable they could be if an incident like this takes place again. Also I have learnt to have an emergency kit bag available at my disposal with some emergency contacts, local currency, first aid supplies and necessary medicine, important identification and bank documents, extra clothing, dry food, a torch, pen and note. And the bag content is updated after every three months; and is handy enough to be carried as a backpack while evacuating a facility or a building.

— Saikat Kumar Basu, Lethbridge AB Canada T1J 4B3


For more life experiences from other earthquake survivors and people that lived through an earthquake and its aftershocks:


Holiday Party Update

Good Morning Air Station Borinquen and Base Detachment Borinquen Base Residents attending the Holiday Party.

How to get there?

  • You can drive to the location, but remember to drink responsibly and have a designated driver.

Transportation Opportunity for the Holiday Party

  • You can walk: For the Holiday Party security had the awesome initiative to open the gate down in 19 cliff rd. The gate will be open from 6:30-12:30 and people can walk through it to get to Punta Borinquen. People may only walk NO DRIVING.

Also, We are pleased to announce that AET1 Erik Farris will be providing transportation on Friday 12/20/19 to the Holiday party at the Officers Club from La Plaza parking lot and then back to La Plaza parking lot at the conclusion of the Holiday party. MWR Borinquen has donated the 15 seater van for the evening to make this happen.

Times will be as follows:
1830 – 1930 Transportation from La Plaza parking lot to the Officers Club.

2330 – 0030 Transportation from the Officers Club to La Plaza parking lot.

We hope everyone has a safe and fun evening at the party!

Tricare covers the FLU vaccine

TRICARE Coverage

TRICARE covers the flu vaccine. The flu vaccine:

  • Is an inactivated vaccine that contains a killed virus
  • Causes antibodies to develop in the body to provide protection against infection
  • Is recommended for all age groups 6 months to 64 years
  • Has a high dose version available for those aged 65 years and older

Getting the Flu Vaccine

You can get the flu vaccine at no cost in three ways:

Military Hospital or Clinic

Participating Network Pharmacy

To find a participating network pharmacy:

Call the pharmacy first to ask:

  • What days and times can you get the vaccine?
  • Who gives the vaccine—a pharmacist or a provider from an in-pharmacy clinic?
    • Only vaccines given by a pharmacist are covered by the pharmacy benefit for free. If your vaccine is administered by a provider at an onsite clinic, it may not be covered and you may have to pay the entire cost.
    • You can still go to your doctor for the vaccine if the pharmacy has restrictions or it isn’t available. But, you may have to pay copayments or cost-shares for the office visit.
  • Are there any restrictions, including for children?
    • If your state has a restriction, you should go to your primary care physician or a military hospitals or clinic for the vaccine.

TRICARE-Authorized Provider- An authorized provider is any individual, institution/organization, or supplier that is licensed by a state, accredited by national organization, or meets other standards of the medical community, and is certified to provide benefits under TRICARE. There are two types of TRICARE-authorized providers: Network and Non-Network.

  • Find a Doctor
  • Follow your plan’s rules for getting care
  • You’ll need to pay your copayment – A fixed dollar amount you may pay for a covered health care service or drug. or cost-share– A percentage of the total cost of a covered health care service that you pay. for the office visit
  • Active duty service members must have a referral to get the vaccine from any provider other than their primary care manager.

Are you an active duty or Guard/Reserve member?

You’re required to get the flu vaccine.

  • You have priority to get the vaccine at military hospitals and military clinics.
  • You can also get vaccines at participating retail network pharmacies.

If you go to a participating network pharmacy:

  • You must get the vaccine from a pharmacist.
  • Don’t get the vaccine from an onsite medical clinic at the pharmacy, or you will have to pay the entire cost of the medication.

If you go to a network doctor other than your primary care manager (PCM), you must get a referral from your PCM.

When you get a flu vaccine from a participating network pharmacy, follow your Service policy guidance for recording the vaccine in your shot record. You’ll need the following information:

  • The date the vaccine was given
  • The vaccine name or code
  • Manufacturer
  • Lot number

Youth Lock in Annual event for Teens

Boys and Girls Youth Lock-in
December 20th, 7:30 PM to December 21st, 6:00 AM
Boys and Girls 13 to 18 y/o
$20 per teen
**Parents can pick up children before the end time if they want or need to. **
This is an event of the Keystone Club (Teen Club in the Youth Center)and is done only once a year. It’s a great event for teenagers and now the event includes a pool party from 7:30 to 10 PM on the same day. Also, it encourages the teens to become part of the Keystone Club here at base: Keystone Club is The Boys & Girls Club Movement’s ultimate teen program.
Keystone Clubs provide leadership development opportunities for young people ages 14 to 18. Youth participate in activities in three focus areas: academic success, career preparation, and community service. With the guidance of an adult advisor, Keystone Clubs aim to have a positive impact on members, the Club, and community.
BGCA hosts an annual National Keystone Conference for Boys & Girls Club teens that brings together members from all across the globe. Throughout the conference, Keystone members engage and socialize with peers, explore relevant issues, and develop skills to support and enhance efforts in their local Boys & Girls Clubs and communities.


If you had any doubt that the Coast Guard Borinquen was a family check out these beautiful photos of this Thanksgiving Potluck event created by the community to get together on this very special day. Even, if you are away from your family you can always have a family that you choose and this is an example of that.

You have more photos to add to this gallery? Send them to us:

Join us in our private facebook group to be able to connect with all the residents and patrons of this amazing community: 

Also, special thanks to our coast guard thanksgiving duty crew.

MWR Youth Sports opens Flag Football Clinics today and for the following 2 Mondays.

Today we start the Flag Football clinics at 4 PM for all kids that want to try out Flag football and as a warm-up for the kids that already signed up for the season in January.
Registrations are open.
During today and the following Mondays, we will be giving FREE flag football clinics with the hope that kids will register for the 2020 season that starts in January.
Please stop by the MWR office at 151 L Street to register or talk to Coralys today at practice!!