Mississippi National Guard headed to US Virgin Islands for Irma relief

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 1, 2017

The U.S. Virgin Islands will pay deployment expenses.

Hogan's directive follows conversations with Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello and other discussions with officials on the American territory following Hurricane Maria.

Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico on September 20 as a Category 4 storm with winds of 155 miles per hour, the strongest to hit the island in a century. Eight days after impact, the vast majority of the island remains without power and almost half its inhabitants were without access to drinking water, FEMA officials said Thursday. Donations will be sent by way of the governor's New York Empire State Relief & Recovery Effort for Puerto Rico.

September 29, 2017 (EIRNS)-The Defense Department announced, yesterday, that a three-star general, Army Lt. Gen. Jeffrey S. Buchanan, the commander of U.S. Army North, has been appointed as the Defense Department's primary liaison to the Federal Emergency Management Agency as hurricane response efforts in Puerto Rico transition from a sea-based to a land-based operation.

The US military, which has poured thousands of troops into the relief effort, named Lieutenant General Jeffrey Buchanan on Thursday to oversee its response on the island. The government's response had been "shamefully slow and undersized and should be vastly upgraded and increased", he told the Senate.

One search and rescue task force from MA returned on Thursday after spending nearly a week helping in Puerto Rico.

Seven volunteers from MA have also been deployed with the Red Cross to the island to help with recovery efforts. Additional air and medical assets were also being moved to the island, he said.

The ship, which is crewed by 70 civil mariners, is expected to reach Puerto Rico by the middle of next week, officials said.

Two C-130 Hercules are delivering items to hurricane-ravaged St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands on Friday.

Holland said the extent of the damage to the electrical infrastructure across the island remains unclear. "It's a formidable challenge, but we're up for it".

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