Florida National Guard Responds to Hurricane Irma

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Currently, the Florida National Guard has more than 8,000 Soldiers and Airmen conducting search and rescue operations, recovery operations, supply distribution points, and shelter management operations throughout the state in support of local and state agencies.

More than 11,000 Guardsmen from other states are assisting in support of recovery operations throughout the state.

We’re extremely proud of the Guardsmen and active forces from across the country who are working now to save lives, prevent injuries and protect property.

We are well-equipped, with assets including high water vehicles, helicopters, boats, generators and more.

“The next days and weeks will no doubt be trying and exhausting as we begin to rebuild. But no matter what this storm has brought, know that you are not alone,” said Maj. Gen. Michael Calhoun, the Adjutant General of Florida.

Response to Hurricane Irma has been a massive team effort, and we are proud to be working closely with our civilian partner agencies, National Guard units from other states and active-duty counterparts.

Florida National Guard Soldiers and Airmen are helping at more than 250 shelters statewide, and will continue to assist however needed and requested by the counties.

We have established Points of Distribution (PODs) throughout the state, and are operating at the State Logistics Readiness Center (SLRC) in Orlando and Logistics Staging Areas (LSAs) to ensure that we are able to get supplies quickly to those who need them.

We are aware of the critical situation in the Florida Keys, and continue to coordinate multi-service operations.  Our Soldiers and Airmen are providing critical capabilities to include road and runway clearance to enable the delivery of life-saving supplies.

Photos and video of FLNG support during Hurricane Irma can be found here and here.

 

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