CHARLESTON, S.C. —
National Guard members have flowed in from at least 28 states to help North and South Carolina units support civil authorities following Hurricane Florence.
More than 6,600 Army and Air National Guardsmen are responding today to Florence, according to National Guard Bureau officials.
Meanwhile, the National Guard continues to respond to storms affecting Hawaii and Guam and to wildfires affecting Western states, in addition to support on the Southwest border and overseas deployments.
In the aftermath of Florence, the National Guard is providing aircraft and crews, including UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters, C-17 Globemaster III and C-130 Hercules military transport aircraft, and KC-135 Stratotanker refuelers. The guard also is providing swift-water boats and high-water vehicles for rescue; generators; security, communications, road clearing and debris removal assistance; food, water and cot deliveries; and support to shelters and distribution points
The North and South Carolina National Guards are focused on life-saving, search and rescue and relief missions, and each state’s guard had already conducted hundreds of such missions by yesterday afternoon.
Supporting states include Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi,…