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WV National Guard activates additional personnel for storm cleanup

By Staff | Jul 3, 2012

Members of the West Virginia National Guard continue their efforts to aid in the aftermath of Friday night’s derecho.

An additional 150 Soldiers and Airmen were called to State Active Duty in the last 24 hours, bringing personnel numbers to 450. Approximately 400 WVNG members are deployed across the state helping clear debris from roadways and transporting fuel and generators to some of the state’s critical infrastructure such as water treatment facilities, hospitals, nursing homes and cooling stations.

“I have been travelling every day since the storm hit with the National Guard. These men and women are members of an unbelievably talented and compassionate group of Soldiers and Airmen,” said Governor Earl Ray Tomblin. “The additional troops will continue to provide valuable assistance to seniors and families across the state.”

In addition to fuel and power, Health and Wellness teams are going door-to-door in communities checking on West Virginia’s citizens and identifying what their needs are. This enables emergency personnel to follow up with water, supplies and medical needs.

National Guard members are also on the roads transporting water, generators, food and other needed items across the state.

“Our Soldiers and Airmen continue to work hand-in-hand with the WV State Department of Highways and all other state agencies as well as with local authorities and community group,” said Major Gen. James A. Hoyer, West Virginia Adjutant General. “Many of these employees are without power themselves but leave their home each day to bring relief to the citizens of West Virginia. Their level of commitment is amazing.”