Military Prepares Disaster Response

Sep 9, 2017

The military is preparing to respond in Florida after Hurricane Irma strikes. The Pentagon sent six ships, aircraft and thousands of gallons of fuel to Florida region. National Guard troops have also been activated in Puerto Rico and Florida. Florida’s governor, Rick Scott, expects all 8,000 national Guard troops will be activated eventually. After Irma hit the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Navy sent amphibious assault ships and Marine helicopters “to transport people and supplies.” The USS Oak Hill and USS Kearsarge are sitting North of St. Croix and will provide FEMA “medical support, maritime civil affairs, maritime security, . . . media and heavy lift air support, and bring a diverse capability including assessment, security, route clearance and water purification.” Hurricane Irma is expected to hit Florida on Sunday.