Alabama National Guard on standby to help with Hurricane Florence response

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MONTGOMERY, Ala –(WIAT) Governor Kay Ivey says Alabama is sending state personnel and resources to the Carolinas to assist with hurricane response efforts. 
Since 2011, the Alabama National Guard has been activated 23 times, so if called to assist, guard members say they stand at the ready. 
Alabama has the fifth largest national guard in the country, which makes them an ideal until for helping out. 
“The national guard also cooperate across state lines, so for Hurricane Florence the Alabama National Guard has already been in communication with the national guard in South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia,” said Col. Jim Hawkins. 
Colonel Jim Hawkins says the state understands the importance of helping other states in need. 
“If you go back to Hurricane Katrina, practically every state in the United States sent assistance to either Mississippi or Louisiana, after that they formed what’s called the Emergence Management Assistance Compact,” said Col. Hawkins
If Alabama’s National Guard is sent to help, what could those missions look like? 
“It could be things like high water evacuations. Security is always important, when people are displaced and property is damaged, maintaining security and assisting law-enforcement is critical,” said Col. Hawkins
Alabama’s Emergency Management Agency has already been activated to help. 
They will be providing a Mobile Communications unit to help with public safety radio communications.

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