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Florida National Guard mobilizes before Hurricane Dorian's arrival

Posted at 9:33 PM, Aug 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-30 23:48:21-04

OVER 2, 000 Florida National Guard members are activated in support of Hurricane Dorian efforts from Jacksonville down to South Florida. — Over 2,000 Florida National Guard members are activated in support of Hurricane Dorian efforts from Jacksonville down to South Florida.

Approximately 150 Soldiers within the 254th Transportation Battalion are expected to report for duty at the Florida National Guard Armory in West Palm Beach. Seventy-percent is comprised of men and women from Martin, Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade Counties.

“It’s very gratifying that we are helping our own community – we put everything on hold to put the uniform on,” said Maj. Keith P. Anderson, 254th Transportation Battalion executive officer who resides in Jupiter. “It’s 48 to 72-hours before impact and we’re prepared.”

Anderson says during the planning phase his Soldiers will look at routes, plan recon and courses of action during, before and after the storm.

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WPTV got an exclusive look at the mobile arsenal Soldiers will utilize: 60 tractors, 120 trailers and a fleet of other multi-purpose vehicles to support humanitarian assistance, search and rescue and security operations.

Sgt. 1st Class David Korbal also says military High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (Humvees) will also support local law enforcement.

“Searching for flood victims, blocking roads and anything that could deal with looting,” said Korbal.