Army, National Guard Standing By During Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy as seen from the International Space Station

The Army and National Guard all have personnel standing by to provide relief to the Eastern seaboard during Hurricane Sandy. The National Guard is ready with 61,000 personnel ad 140 helicopters prepared to respond in the wake of the hurricane.

According to an article on nextgov, Army North has personnel from its Defense coordinating elements on the ground  at command centers in Trenton and Earl, N.J.; New York City and Albany, N.Y.; and Maynard, Mass., according Army spokesman Randy Mitchell. Army North supports the Federal Emergency  Management Agency and helps manage disaster response.

Mitchell said the New York/New Jersey Defense is working out of the Trenton, New Jersey state emergency operations center and a FEMA command post at the Naval Weapons Station in Earle.

Army North also has personnel deployed to an operations center in the Manhattan federal building, the New York City emergency operations center and a state emergency center in Albany, with just under 50 personnel supporting FEMA and the two states.