Coasties & National Guard Prepare for Disaster Relief Ahead of Hurricane Dorian

first published on September 4, 2019 by

U.S. Coast Guard and National Guard troops from throughout the Southeast have been staging in southern Florida for disaster relief operations due to Hurricane Dorian. The Storm has already devastated the Bahamas and is expected to hit Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas.

Photo Courtesy of the Naval Research Laboratory

After causing massive flooding and widespread damage in the Bahamas over the past few days, Hurricane Dorian is poised to strike the U.S.’s southeast coastline and is expected to hit Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas. In anticipation for the impending storm, the Coast Guard has deployed some two dozen Cutters to Key West and Coastie air crews have been flying medical evacuation missions to the Bahamas since Monday.

In addition to the Coast Guard build up, some 5,500 National Guard troops have been deployed to staging areas in the southeastern states according to U.S. Northern Command– with 4,000 of those being staged throughout Florida.

Photo Courtesy of the US Coast Guard

In addition to the National Guard personnel, 2,700 active duty troops – mostly helicopter crews and units with high-water vehicles – have been additionally staged and put on call to support rescue operations. Hurricane Dorian has forced the evacuations of Fort Stewart near Savannah, Georgia, as well as Marine Corps bases Parris Island and Beaufort Air Station in South Carolina.


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