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Delaware National Guard Prepared for Winter Storm

Posted: Mar 21, 2018 10:06 AM Updated:

DOVER, Del.- The Delaware National Guard, in coordination with the Delaware Emergency Management Agency, said it is prepared to support Delawareans during the winter storm passing through the region.

The Guard said it is prepositioning personnel and vehicles in New Castle and Sussex counties and providing liaison officers at  Emergency Operations Centers in those counties. The Guard said it currently has soldiers and airmen on duty and fully prepared to support the state with any missions - snow-, ice-, or flood-related. 

Initial prepositioning includes soldiers, Humvees and a wrecker in
Wilmington, along with light medium tactical vehicles and operators
in Georgetown. The LMTVs are 2.5 ton trucks capable of transporting up to 15 passengers. They have a high clearance that allows operation in up to four feet of water.  

"We are in constant communication and coordination with DEMA and all first responders in the state," said Maj. Gen. Carol Timmons, adjutant general, Delaware National Guard. 

Operators and tactical vehicles such as Humvees, LMTVs, and wreckers are available to each county's Emergency Operations Center.

"We also have a surge capability on call to support this event with as many troops and vehicles as needed," said Timmons.

Soldiers and airmen prepared to support are vehicle operators and typical support missions include: transport of Delawareans to safety, transport of police and other first responders, and transport of medical workers to hospitals. Troops also can provide traffic control, access control points, and medical personnel should medical shelters be operational.

Additionally, the Delaware National Guard is providing crash and rescue support on the New Castle County Airport, and civil engineers are ensuring the taxiways and facilities on the airport remain operational.

In addition to vehicle operators, we have command staff in each operational armory and Liaison Officers supporting Emergency Operations Centers in New Castle and Sussex counties. The Delaware National Guard Joint Emergency Operations Center is staffed around the clock, until the event is complete.

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