PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. —
In support of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Northern Command is leaning forward and actively posturing Defense Department forces in preparation for Hurricane Florence.
While homeland defense is the North American Aerospace Defense Command and Northcom’s No. 1 priority, Northcom also plays an important role in disaster response by providing unique military capabilities to FEMA in support of state requests.
Northcom also serves as the overall synchronizer of all DoD support to FEMA.
Below is a roundup of the DoD support that Northcom and its subordinate commands are postured to provide prior to Hurricane Florence making landfall:
— The National Guard has activated more than 2,700 Army and Air National Guard members from multiple states to support response and recovery efforts in the affected states. The National Guard is also postured to support affected states with high water transportation, debris reduction, commodity distribution, shelter management assistance and rotary wing aviation search and rescue operations.
— The Defense Logistics Agency has mobile distribution centers established in the region and is prepared to provide and distribute more than 281,000 gallons of fuel. They have also prestaged 60 generators and transformers, and are prepared to provide shelf stable meals…