By Air Force Tech. Sgt. John OrrellJanuary 13, 2011
WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Jan. 13, 2011) -- The National Guard today continued relief efforts in the Southeast and worked with civilian authorities in parts of the Northeast after the latest round of snow and ice storms.
Since Monday, the governors of Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee have declared states of emergency, with the National Guard being activated in all but Tennessee.
The Massachusetts National Guard is on standby to assist the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency in relief efforts across the state. Gov. Deval Patrick declared a state of emergency yesterday and about 250 Soldiers and Airmen were ready to provide assistance as needed.
"The men and women of the Massachusetts National Guard are more than eager to assist the citizens of the Commonwealth," said Army Maj. Gen. Joseph C. Carter, the Massachusetts National Guard adjutant general. "The Commonwealth can rely on our diverse capabilities, our strategically located units, and our quick response during times of need."
The Massachusetts National Guard stands ready to perform health and welfare checks, provide shelter support and remove debris and roadway obstructions. Additionally, they will transport emergency medical personnel as needed throughout the storm.
The Alabama National Guard still has 179 troops on state active duty providing vehicle support in the way of Humvees; engineering support in the way of road graders and liaison officers for the State Emergency Operation Center.
The North Carolina Army National Guard has two Soldiers still assisting stranded motorists and civilian authorities.
The South Carolina National Guard still has 16 Army Soldiers assisting with wrecks and stranded motorists.
Arkansas and Georgia have completed their missions and have returned to their home stations.
( Air Force Tech. Sgt. John Orrell writes for the National Guard Bureau.)