Additional 10 Soldiers, Including Two UH-60 Blackhawk Medivac Helicopters with 30 Days of Medical Supplies Prepared for Deployment to North Carolina
50 Additional Airmen Deployed to Dover Air Force Base
Governor Cuomo to Request Clearance from Defense Secretary Mattis to Fly MQ-9 Drone, Which Will Provide Situational Storm Awareness on the Ground
New York Ready with Specialized Response Teams, Personnel and Equipment
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the New York National Guard is preparing to send 10 soldiers and two UH-60 Blackhawk Medivac Helicopters with 30 days of medical supplies to Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina to assist with response and recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Florence. Fifty additional Airmen have also been deployed from the 106th Rescue Wing of the New York Air National Guard. Governor Cuomo will request that the Secretary of Defense allow the 174th Attack Wing to fly their MQ-9 remotely piloted aircraft from Syracuse to provide post-storm situational awareness for the on-scene commanders and emergency personnel on the ground. One hundred additional National Guard Members are on standby.
"New Yorkers have experienced destruction at the hands of extreme weather, and we will not allow those who are in the path of Hurricane Florence to weather this storm alone" Governor Cuomo said. "New York is committed to helping our neighbors recover as quickly as possible, just as we have helped our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico, Texas and Florida after last year's devastating storms."
"Hurricane Florence is barreling through the Carolinas and wreaking havoc on the area, destroying communities and homes," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "We are providing the resources and services needed to help ensure the safety of residents and assist in recovery efforts. Unlike the federal government, we will not turn our back on our fellow citizens who need help in the face of a disaster."
The two UH-60 Blackhawk medical evacuation helicopters are equipped with hoists which can be used to lift people into the hovering helicopter. The helicopter cabin can be configured to carry two stretcher patients and three ambulatory patients or ten personnel. Each helicopter will be crewed by four Soldiers: a pilot, co-pilot, crew chief, and a medic. Two additional support personnel will deploy with the team.
The MQ-9 remotely piloted aircraft is used to conduct reconnaissance missions by the military. The aircraft is equipped with cameras and other sensor systems and can remain for long periods of time over a given area. The aircraft would be launched from Hancock Air National Guard Base in Syracuse, and operated from a facility at the base. At the end of the mission the MQ-9 would return to Hancock Field.
Governor Cuomo recently announced the deployment of 50 personnel from 106th Rescue Wing that traveled with one HH-60 Pave Hawk rescue helicopter, one HC-130 search and rescue aircraft, and four Zodiac inflatable rescue boats. An additional 50 Airmen were sent to support operations. The HH-60 is equipped with a hoist and is crewed by pararescue Airmen who are specially trained to conduct search and rescue operations.
State Assets Ready for Deployment
New York's Urban Search and Rescue team stands at the ready with personnel and equipment if requested by impacted states through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact. NY Task Force 2 (NYTF-2), is a specialized team of first responders and equipment skilled in structural collapse rescue, excavation emergencies, technical rope rescues, confined space rescue, and other specialized rescues.
The state's incident management team is also ready to assist with response and recovery efforts including command and control, planning, logistics and administration activities, operational coordination, obtaining situational information and reporting, incident action planning, GIS mapping, and logistical support for ongoing response operations.
The State Department of Transportation stands ready to assist states impacted by Hurricane Florence. NYSDOT has traffic signal crews, tree clearing crews, and other assets ready for deployment to assist these states as needed. These activities may encompass road clearing and assistance with power outages at traffic signals. The Department currently has 14 tree crew bucket trucks, 76 wood chippers, and 56 traffic signal trucks available.
Department of Environmental Conservation Police Officers (ECOs), Forest Rangers, and Emergency Management staff are on alert and ready to deploy to communities impacted by Hurricane Florence. All available assets, including drone pilots, boats, and utility vehicles, are ready to assist with any emergency response. In addition, DEC Environmental Conservation Police Officers are on alert with boats ready to deploy, and DEC Forest Rangers have a swiftwater team with airboats, whitewater rafts, and motorized boats ready for deployment.
Department of Corrections and Community Supervision Food Production Center in Rome, NY is ready to provide thousands of pre-assembled lunches for communities hard hit by Hurricane Florence.
Chairman John Rhodes of the New York State Public Service Commission has been in close contact with utility companies in North and South Carolina, Virginia and Georgia to assess conditions on the ground and any operational and support needs. While initial request for utility crews has been satisfied in locations closer to the potential impact area. New York Power Authority crews are on standby and will coordinate any further mutual aid requests with New York's utilities, which are fully participating in the mutual aid protocols.
New York has a long history of helping other states following natural disasters. In addition to sending similar assistance to Florida following Hurricanes Irma, Harvey, Maria, Matthew, Frances, Ivan, and Dennis, New York dispatched a multi-agency team of more than 300 individuals to assist Louisiana following Hurricane Katrina, as well as another 18-member team after Hurricane Gustav. Additionally, New York has sent crews of firefighters west many times to assist with containing wildfires.