BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota National Guard is sending resources to the East Coast to aid in the emergency response to Hurricane Florence if requested.
Three National Guard helicopters and more than a dozen personnel will depart Saturday morning from Bismarck and pre-position in Maryland to be in proximity to the hurricane disaster area in case North Dakota is asked to assist with life-saving or life-sustaining efforts.
“Just as other states have come to our aid during past floods and other disasters, North Dakota is ready to help those threatened by the destructive forces of Hurricane Florence,” Gov. Doug Burgum said. “Our hearts go out to the families who have lost loved ones to this violent storm, and we pray for the safekeeping of those still in harm’s way.”
Specifically, the National Guard is sending two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters, one UH-72A Lakota helicopter and 15 personnel including pilots, crew chiefs, maintainers and a medic.
“Our aircraft and personnel will travel to be in position to assist in relief efforts from damage caused by Hurricane Florence if ordered,” said Maj. Gen. Alan Dohrmann, adjutant general of the North Dakota National Guard. “It’s the National Guard’s job to save lives, minimize suffering and protect property, and our soldiers and airmen are always proud to do their share when called upon.”
Under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, governors can request mutual aid from other states to share resources, personnel and equipment across state lines during times of emergencies or disasters. North Dakota has not received an EMAC request from states impacted by Hurricane Florence, but it is anticipated such a request could come soon.
Photos of medivac training with the UH-72A Lakota are available here.