Joint Task Force Florida (JTTF) has 5,227 personnel activated and is executing missions in response to Hurricane Ian.
The Task Force is currently supporting 207 missions, including executing search and rescue (SAR) missions throughout southwest and central Florida. JTTF members have rescued and evacuated more than 2,350 people so far (more than 2,100 civilians from flooded areas via truck, over 200 rotary wing rescues, and over 50 boat rescues).
The JTTF will began a major airlift operation today to transport engineering assets, security personnel, and humanitarian aid/commodities to the southwest Florida barrier islands.
Twenty-seven Point of Distribution (POD) sites manned by Guardsmen are operational, distributing food, water, and ice to local populations. As of yesterday, these sites distributed 1,140 pallets of water, 918 pallets of food, 230 pallets of ice, and 1,440 tarps. More than 40,000 vehicles have passed through the PODs to pick up this humanitarian aid.
Task Force engineering resources have also been deployed to assist with route clearance in Pinellas and Lee Counties. Forces have cleared 12.5 miles/885 cubic yards of debris since beginning operations. Guardsmen continue to assist law enforcement with roving patrols, security and curfew enforcement missions.
In addition, the Task Force is also supporting missions that include staffing and supporting the State Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee, the State Logistics Response Center (SLRC) in Orlando and 14 county Emergency Operations Centers.
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