Indiana National Guard Headed to Florida to Assist Hurricane Irma Response

National Guard power crews leave for Florida

As hundreds of thousands of Floridians trek north to escape Hurricane Irma, tens of thousands of military personnel are heading south to prepare for rescue and recovery efforts.

The Kentucky Air and Army National Guard's orders will keep them in the Virgin Islands for at least the next two weeks.

Hurricane Irma, a monster storm packing winds up to 150 miles per hour, was hovering this week over Caribbean islands as Florida National Guard members began preparing for a possible hit and residents started evacuating.

Once there, they will assist and coordinate response efforts and provide advanced communication capabilities.

I commend the Connecticut National Guard on their readiness and thank them for their service.

Gen. Courtney P. Carr, the Adjutant General of the Indiana National Guard.

On Friday, more than 40 trucks and 130 members of the National Guard's 253rd Transportation Company will head to Florida to help state officials.

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The U.S. Coast Guard has now closed most major cruise ports in Florida ready for the oncoming Hurricane Irma which has already caused major destruction across the Caribbean.

States in the affected path have each mobilized and or placed a number of Guard members on standby as their governors have declared a state of emergency for Florida, North Carolina and SC within the contiguous United States.

The Red Cross is also deploying people and supplies to help Irma victims.

The Guard is loading two helicopters with medical evacuation equipment and personnel.

One of the National Guard's important roles was using vehicles to pump out flooded neighborhoods after Matthew.

After the storm passes, crews will make their way back to Savannah to assist with any rescue missions.

There are now 1,100 airmen in the wing. From Aug. 27 to Sept 1, the unit rescued 546 people in the Houston area after Hurricane Harvey struck.

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