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Eye witness reports from Georgia, Minnesota, Alabama, Kansas, and perhaps Texas suggest large scale mobilizations and deployment in progress for National Guard Units.
We were under the impression that National Guard in Georgia were being deployed to help evacuate Florida in the event of toxic fumes from the oil spill if the government decided to light the booms.
However, we are seeing reports from multiple states throughout the country.
The Minnesota mobilization has been confirmed by MPR New
Originally posted by chorizo4
reply to post by RedGolem
I think that if a hurricane comes and it looks like it will hit the spill the area will be evacuated, mandatory. At this time the well head will be nuked. The evacuated people will be away from their homes for an extended period. This is just my opinion.
Originally posted by DJW001
You realize this "news source" is a blog that's using this ATS thread as a "source:"
The Department of Defense has authorized Gulf Coast states to call Guard troops to Title 32 status, which means they are supporting state missions and fall under the governor's control. The Pentagon also has authorized funding for the operations. Alabama requested up to 3,000 guardsmen.
Right now, about 100 Alabama troops are at the coast, and they have installed 2.75 miles of protective barrier along the shore line around Dauphin Island. Their role is to assist the lead response teams with BP, the U.S. Coast Guard and the Alabama Department of Environmental Management, said Lt. Col. Cynthia Bachus, an Alabama National Guard spokeswoman.
National Guard Support Continues to Build
1,304 National Guard personnel are currently supporting oil response—952 from the Louisiana National Guard are providing Command and Control and sandbagging support to St. Bernard and Plaquemines parishes, supporting marina operations and conducting HAZMAT training; 323 from the Alabama National Guard are deploying protective barriers around Dauphin Island and conducting sandbag and security operations; 25 from the Mississippi National Guard personnel are providing helicopter support and liaison officers to aid local officials with emergency response; and four from the Florida National Guard are performing liaison duties in support of the response effort to the Unified Command Center in Alabama and to its own emergency operations center in Tallahassee.