U.S. Army Soldiers Provide Support to Those Affected By Hurricane Florence
By U.S. ArmySeptember 15, 2018
Forces from the U.S. Army, the U.S. Army National Guard, and the U.S. Army Reserves are responding to citizens in crises as a part of the defense department's support of civilian authorities. Rotary wing aircraft and high-water vehicles are supporting search and rescue efforts.
United States Corps of Engineers has fully engaged teams actively monitoring and managing dams to make as much water storage available as possible. These teams will continue to monitor and manage dams throughout the event
Army and installation social media sites are reiterating FEMA, state and local leader's message "Road conditions across nearly all of North Carolina will rapidly deteriorating in coming days. Stay off the roads as much as possible. All roads in the state are at risk of floods and can be washed away in a matter of minutes."
Here are a few U.S. Army highlights as of 5pm Eastern time, 15 September 2018:
• Over 13,000 Soldiers have been committed to provide support to the area.
• Over 70 rotary wing aircraft from the U.S. Army, U.S. Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserves committed to the effort with over 200 additional aircraft available within 24-72 hours if necessary.
• Approximately 30 watercraft and 3,000 Army High Water Vehicles from Fort Stewart, Georgia; Fort Drum, New York; and Fort Campbell, Kentucky are arriving for ground search and rescue, commodities distribution, citizen transportation, and patient movement.
• The Army has nearly 4,500 cots for citizens that are in need.
• The Army has nearly 200 medical beds ready for use.
• The Army has 18 water purification systems in the area.
Corps of Engineers
• There are 120 generators pre-positioned, with an additional 98 en route to provide temporary emergency power support.
• USACE is integrated with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) to ensure federal channels are cleared as quickly as possible to enable rapid port reopening. USACE has pre-placed contracts to assist with surveys.
• USACE's Emergency Operations Centers are integrated into Country and State efforts regarding flood response. USACE will provide flood response assistance when requested and continues to monitor potential impacts to several existing and planned flood risk management projects.
• In South Carolina, our Charleston District has flood fight teams providing support for protection of a highway, to include 500 large sandbags provided to Conway, SC.
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