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North Carolina National Guard deploys Engineer Task Force in Operation Palmetto Support

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RALEIGH, NC (WMBF) – The North Carolina National Guard will be sending more than 500 soldiers and airmen to help its southern sister state on Saturday as South Carolina continues to react and recuperate from record flooding.

“This mobilization is unique to the National Guard because of our dual-mission purpose and authority,” said Maj. Gen. Greg Lusk, adjutant general of North Carolina. “South Carolina is experiencing a magnitude of disaster similar to what North Carolina experienced in the aftermath of Hurricane Floyd. During that disaster other states responded to our calls for assistance. It is now our honor and obligation to reciprocate to our neighbors, fellow Americans in South Carolina.”

According to a news release from the North Carolina National Guard, North Carolina Emergency Management workers and resources accompanied by the North Carolina Guard will support South Carolina’s flood response and recovery in the following areas:

  • Logistics liaison, public information and staff support
  • Provide hundreds of road barriers
  • Civil air patrol aerial assessments
  • Provide critical necessities such as water

Damage assessments of buildings, roads and bridges, debris removal, road repair, vertical and horizontal construction and communication support are the primary missions of the NCNG operation.

“Our emergency personnel and first responders will be working extremely long hours and, in many cases, potentially hazardous situations,” said Public Safety Secretary Frank L. Perry. “Yet they are reaching out with compassion, strength and commitment to helping our southern neighbors.”

Three North Carolina Helicopter and Aquatic Rescue Teams (NC HART) were sent to South Carolina on Sunday to rescue individuals trapped in flood waters; North Carolina rescue technicians, NCNG Blackhawk helicopters and NCEM specialists make up the teams, the release states.

HART is able to search wide areas through fast changing conditions like dam failures and road collapses.

The crews have been leading wide area searches the whole week looking for people trapped in homes and vehicles.

The Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) is providing the rescue teams, personnel and equipment.

EMAC offers an organized relief effort for disaster-stricken states to help get the right kind of resources at the right time.

The requesting state, South Carolina in this instance, completely reimburses for the total expenses incurred.

State Emergency Management agencies coordinate all these resources.

The EMAC system was created by state governors when critical resources were needed by the state of Florida after Hurricane Andrew.

North Carolina sent teams to help in Louisiana and Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina, Alaska after flooding in 2007 and to numerous other disaster response efforts, the release states.

"This truly is neighbor helping neighbor at its best and most critical time," said Governor McCrory.

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