VA National Guard in place for possible response in Hampton Roads, Eastern Shore


Virginia National Guard vehicles are prepositioned for possible Hurricane Dorian response operations Sept. 5, 2019, in Onancock, Virginia. The VNG has about 60 Soldiers and 20 vehicles staged and ready in Onancock and Hampton Roads. (U.S. National Guard photo by Mr. Mike Vrabel)

RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) – The Virginia National Guard has staged approximately 60 soldiers and 20 vehicles in preparation for possible state emergency support in the Hampton Roads and Virginia’s Eastern Shore as Hurricane Dorian continues moving closer.

Soldiers are staged with Humvees and light/medium tactical trucks for high-water transportation along with chain saws for debris reduction. The Virginia National Guard also has two rotary wing aviation rescue crews ready for deployment.

“Whether we are mobilizing 60 Soldiers in two key locations for possible Hurricane Dorian response or staging 1,500 Soldiers across the commonwealth like we did last year for Hurricane Florence, the Virginia National Guard has shown it can rapidly respond with the capabilities our state agency partners request.”

Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, Adjutant General of Virginia

Governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency on September 2 authorizing mobilization of the Virginia National Guard as well as other state agencies to organize resources and deploy people and equipment to assist in response and recovery efforts.

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