Almost 5,000 National Guard Soldiers, Airmen Ready for Hurricane Dorian’s Impact on Florida

The Florida National Guard offered an update on its Hurricane Dorian efforts as more than 4,800 soldiers and airmen stand ready to help the Sunshine State.

“We are well-equipped, with assets including high-wheeled vehicles, helicopters, boats and generators, and are staging for possible missions to include humanitarian assistance, security operations, search and rescue, aviation and more,” the Florida National Guard noted on Tuesday.

Currently, the Florida National Guard is supporting missions including:

Staffing and supporting the State Logistics Readiness Center (SLRC) in Orlando
Operating a Logistics Staging Area (LSA) in White Springs
Providing Liaison Officers (LNOs) to 17 counties
Supporting one communication mission in Lake County
Staffing a total of 11 shelter missions (six in Putnam County, three in St. Johns County and 2 in Flagler County)
Providing support to law enforcement at three bridges in St. Johns County

Additionally, the FLNG is supporting two aviation missions in Miami-Dade County. The first is an air bridge, with assets standing by to provide support to barrier islands affected by the storm’s impacts. The other is a Helicopter Search and Rescue Team (HSART), currently on standby with eight different airframes (listed below) which will provide search and rescue capabilities in support of State Search and Rescue if needed.

Two UH-60 Blackhawks
Two CH-47 Chinooks
Two HH-60 Blackhawks
Two LUH-72 Lakotas

 

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