LYNCH PUTS GUARD TROOPS ON STANDBY FOR SANDY RELIEF

by Gair on November 5, 2012

UPDATE: GUARD SPOKESMAN MAJ. GREG HEILSHORN SAYS GUARD MEMBERS WERE TAKEN OFF STANDBY STATUS SUNDAY AFTERNOON.

GOV. JOHN LYNCH DIRECTED THE NEW HAMPSHIRE NATIONAL GUARD SATURDAY TO PUT ABOUT 400 MEMBERS ON STANDBY FOR POSSIBLE DEPLOYMENT TO THE NEW YORK CITY METROPOLITAN AREA.

LYNCH’S OFFICE SAYS THE MOVE WAS MADE IN RESPONSE TO NOTIFICATION FROM THE STATES OF NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY THAT THEY MIGHT REQUEST NATIONAL GUARD ASSISTANCE FROM OTHER STATES TO HELP IN CLEANUP EFFORTS FROM HURRICANE SANDY.

ABOUT 400 SOLDIERS FROM THE 197TH FIRES BRIGADE REPORTED TO ARMORIES IN MANCHESTER AND SOMERSWORTH AND NEARLY 12 AIRMEN FROM THE 157TH AIR REFUELING WING REPORTED TO PEASE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE TO AWAIT THE CALL.

A REQUEST TO DEPLOY WOULD COME FROM EACH STATE’S GOVERNOR THROUGH AN EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT ASSISTANCE COMPACT.

THE STATE OF MAINE HAS SENT MORE THAN A DOZEN STATE POLICE TROOPERS AND DEPUTY SHERIFF’S FROM CUMBERLAND COUNTY TO ASSIST WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT EFFORTS IN NEW JERSEY, WHERE NEARLY A MILLION CUSTOMERS ARE STILL WITHOUT POWER.

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