KY National Guard members deploy for Irma relief

National Guard deploys to Florida

- The current Total Army response for Hurricane Irma is more than 7,400 soldiers and Army Corps of Engineers civilians in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and the continental United States, including Florida. The Indiana National Guard has an All Hazards Plan that is routinely rehearsed to ensure our response is timely and coordinated with the Incident Command need.

"On a holiday weekend, we called and less than 48 hrs, 2,000 citizens soldiers and airmen responded to the needs to the neighbors to the south".

While he and his crew are hoping for the best, this mission calls for them to prepare for the worst.

"The men and women of the Connecticut National Guard are an invaluable resource during severe storms and we are grateful for service", Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said in a statement on Sunday.

Earlier Friday, the ports were working to secure equipment and get cargo vessels out to sea where they will be safer.

In addition, New Jersey National Guard members are being deployed to Florida to help with the storm's impact.

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The Coast Guard and National Guard are "all rested and re-fit and ready to come back into the fight", Bossert said at the daily White House press briefing.

The Coast Guard not only has to respond to search and rescue operations, but also has to work to reset and maintain the shipping lanes in and around Florida, and reset the navigational markers in the area. They are to provide rescue via three Zodiac boats and help with air traffic control operations as needed.

"We are keeping Florida and all those affected by Hurricane Irma in our thoughts and prayers", Maj.

Yesterday, members the 106th Rescue Wing team began conducting missions in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, basing out of San Juan, according to Air Force Capt. Michael O'Hagan, the wing's public affairs officer.

The wing sent 124 Airmen to assist Texas in recovering from Hurricane Harvey from August 27 to September 1.

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