The U.S. Army (including Active Duty, U.S. Army Reserve, and Army National Guard) remains involved in, or prepared to support State, Territory, or other Federal Agencies such as FEMA, as part of Hurricane Irma relief operations.
Governors are best postured to determine the needs of their residents and establish response priorities, and are currently using both Army National Guard and Active Duty Soldiers to help meet those needs. The Army has also positioned equipment and personnel in the affected areas to ensure additional resources are readily available if/when needed.
Here are a few highlights as of 5pm Eastern time, 12 September 2017:
• The current Total Army response for Hurricane Irma is more than 17,600 Soldiers and U. S. Army Corps of Engineers civilians in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and the continental United States.
• The Army has 38 aircraft, more than 740 trucks, and more than 80 generators already committed to relief efforts. The Army has more than 100 aircraft, almost 600 generators, 150 boats, and more than 3,200 trucks on standby to support response efforts if called upon.
• Army National Guard Soldiers from Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands are currently on State Active Duty status and are either responding, or prepared to respond to each Governor’s priorities. Additionally, National Guard units in Florida, Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina are conducting routine inactive duty training, which they will utilize to prepare for a Hurricane Irma response, if required.
• The Army Corps of Engineers is already working in the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico to assist with power restoration efforts and have teams on stand-by to assist in Florida if/when needed. The Corps is also monitoring conditions at the Herbert Hoover Dike (Lake Okeechobee) and continue to provide expert status updates.
• There are U.S. Army Reserve officers assigned with FEMA Regions II, IV, and V Headquarters to assist with providing expert military advice on storm response efforts.
• Fort Jackson is providing shelter to 128 personnel displaced by the hurricane and are still accepting persons seeking shelter.
• The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has 3 Divisions and 6 Districts activated to support federal response operations, with more than 400 deployed at key response nodes and 158 personnel manning key communication nodes.
Here are a few videos/photos for consideration as well:
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