Important Information To Know BEFORE Contacting Us:
All prospective members are welcome to attend our monthly meetings - but please contact us prior to attending. Thanks!
On Water Emergencies
Contact the U.S. Coast Guard via VHF Radio Channel 16 or (if available) local fire/police resources by calling 911.
The Coast Guard relies on the input of the maritime community to self-report hazards to navigation, such as discrepant buoys and beacons, or debris. There are several options to report waterway hazards: Use the Aids to Navigation Discrepancy Report; call the Navigation Center at +1.703.313.5900; call your local Coast Guard command center via VHF radio Channel 16.
The US Coast Guard, and the US Coast Guard Auxiliary are no longer permitted to accept out-dated marine flares and/or pyrotechnics (meteors, orange smoke, etc.). Local fire services or police agencies are most likely sources for advice or assistance on proper disposal of such devices in your area. Out-dated flares are considered explosive hazardous waste, and should never be thrown overboard, activated in the marine environment, or placed in household trash. In addition, flares contain perchlorate (a pollutant & likely human carcinogen) so soaking them in water as a means of disposal is not a viable solution. Please do not contact us regarding these devices. Contact your local city or county fire agency for advice.
Vessel Safety Checks
To request a Vessel Safety Check, please visit:
For additional information, please check the Auxiliary's National, District Nine - Western Region, and/or the Division 35 Station Chicago website for other items of interest.