EAST HANOVER TOWNSHIP, LEBANON COUNTY, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Nationwide Guard presently has greater than 25 members and four helicopters down close to Columbia, South Carolina.
They deployed Thursday in preparation to help with the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.
Brigadier Basic David Wooden, director of the joint employees with the Pennsylvania National Guard, stated they’ve been tracking the hurricane for the last 5 or 6 days.
“[They’re principally just hunkering down via the weather system. As soon as the climate goes by, then they will be able to go to perform speedy response sort of actions,” stated Brig. Gen. Wood.
He explained their first focus might be life-saving efforts, including transport and assist to people who find themselves caught or injured.
They may then move to help missions, reminiscent of providing meals and water or helping damaged buildings or buildings.
“All of us are educated to do that and once we’re referred to as to these kinds of events, we’re keen and prepared to take action,” stated Brig. Gen. Wood.
Again at Fort Indiantown Gap, they’ve eyes from Pennsylvania at the Emergency Joint Operations Middle.
“We provide what’s referred to as mission command for all Pennsylvania guardsmen who are engaged on this hurricane occasion, both inside the state and out of doors of the state,” stated Wood.
He also stated there are roughly 50 troopers and airmen nonetheless within the commonwealth, getting ready automobiles and plane in case they, too, have to go south.
“The motto in the guard is all the time ready, all the time there,” stated Wooden.
Wooden stated there are timetables in place for a way lengthy Pennsylvania guardsmen will probably be out within the commonwealth however they will be there as long as they’re wanted.