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Indiana National Guard deploying to Florida ahead of Hurricane Irma

11 September 2017

NGB figures indicated that more than 375 members of the Army National Guard were at work in Puerto Rico.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo notes that NY has had a lot of "firsthand experience" with "extreme weather".

New Jersey is deploying troops and a specialized task force to Florida to help with Hurricane Irma.

These two missions bring the total number of Connecticut Guardsmen supporting hurricane relief efforts to 31.

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"Search and rescue forces, strategic and vertical lift, planning, communication and medical capabilities are on "Prepare to Deploy Orders" to facilitate a timely post-landfall response" in Florida once the storm passes, the Pentagon said.

Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J., has issued an order that temporarily waives the global fuel tax agreement and worldwide registration plan for any commercial vehicles traveling through the state. The wing is based at Stewart Air National Guard Base outside Newburgh.

There are now 1,100 airmen in the wing.

This is the second time in two weeks the 106th has been deployed to aid storm victims.

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The 38th was called to assist in managing the flow of personnel and resources into and out of Hurricane Harvey impacted areas, sending over 80 personnel to Texas.

Reports from U.S. government agencies indicate Irma continues to strengthen and maximum sustained winds have increased to near 175 Miles Per Hour (MPH) with higher gusts, making it a category 5 hurricane.

NYTF-2 is administered and operated by the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Office of Fire Prevention and Control. This team was requested to provide crucial public affairs support to the Defense Support of Civil Authority mission and conduct media operations.

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. On numerous occasions the team utilized NYS DEC's Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, commonly known as drones, to assess situations where flooding made investigations hazardous to the responders.

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The compact helps to make sure licensing and permits are accepted across state lines in disasters as well as making sure insurance, liability and reimbursement issues are streamlined and not bogged down by interstate incompatibility.

Indiana National Guard deploying to Florida ahead of Hurricane Irma