Gov. Walker says Wisconsin National Guard ready to help with Hurricane Sandy efforts
MADISON- As Hurricane Sandy moves its way up the East Coast, Governor Walker says the Wisconsin National Guard is ready to help people impacted by the hurricane.
"As our nation braces for this massive storm, Wisconsin is hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst. If resources are needed, Wisconsin stands ready to deploy the National Guard for assistance," said Governor Walker in a statement on Monday.
Wisconsin National Guard officials say their services haven't been requested yet, but are ready right now, if needed.
The Wisconsin National Guard sent help following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and ice storms in North Dakota in 2009.
"No other organization has the National Guard's combination of size, skills, training and experience, placement across the nation, command and communications infrastructure, and the legal flexibility to support civil authorities at a moment's notice," said Brigadier General Scott Legwold, director of the Wisconsin National Guard Joint Staff. "If needed, we can draw on that expertise to best apply active duty assets, such as personnel and equipment, after disaster strikes to save lives, ease human suffering, and help restore normalcy."
The National Guard Bureau reports that more than 61,100 National Guard troops are available to assist civilian authorities supporting relief efforts in the impacted regions.