National Guard Disaster Support
National Guard members have been very busy this summer performing disaster relief support in multiple states affected by floods, tornados, and Hurricane Irene. During Hurricane Irene alone, about 7,675 Guard members in 18 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico supported the response efforts according to Guard officials at the National Guard Coordination Center.
The National Guard Bureau’s new 24-hour, 365-day National Guard Coordination Center boosted coordination and communication between the Army and Air National Guard and local, state and federal partners, Guard officials said. The National Guard Bureau worked closely with state and federal agencies -- including the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and U.S. Northern Command -- to provide timely, potentially lifesaving hurricane relief.
More than 400,000 Guard members are available in more than 3,300 communities nationwide, including about 101,000 in the affected states.
States as far from the storm as Alaska, Illinois, Louisiana, and New Mexico contributed National Guard assets to the response. Alaska sent its storied "Guardian Angels" with helicopters for potential search and rescue missions; helicopters and troops were en route from Illinois for potential support to New York, where the governor mobilized about 2,000 of his own troops; and Louisiana contributed helicopters and troops to a response package staging to assist where needed.
The National Military Family Association commends our Guard members for their efforts. We also recognize that with the additional mobilizations of our Guard members, their families often are left to worry about their love ones while addressing challenges at home. Don’t be afraid to seek out support services if you need them.
Until military families are relieved of the weight of war, we hope you will continue to contribute to their wellbeing.
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