MREs, cots and troops arrive in preparation for Hurricane Florence

Elizabeth Howe
September 12, 2018 - 1:52 pm

Photo courtesy of Lance Cpl. Damaris Arias

3,820 National Guard troops have been activated to prepare for category 4 Hurricane Florence, and Georgia's National Guard numbers will soon join the Florence-fighting force. The storm is exepcted to make landfall in North Carolina on Thursday. 

Here's where hurricane preparations stand:


The Georgia National Guard made a statement earlier today that they were prepared for the call to support citizens. That call came early this afternoon when an updated forecast showed that Hurricane Florence could reach parts of Georgia. While official numbers have not been released regarding National Guard activation, Deal's statement mobilized "all available resources."

North Carolina 

As of this morning, the North Carolina National Guard has increased its activated members to 320 with 7,000 ready to mobilize. Fort Bragg has been designated as Federal Emergency Management Agency emergency relief site and is currently staging trailers of MREs, cots and other emergency preparedness supplies.  

Current NC installation evacuations:

  • Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island: Ordered evacuated.  Marine recruits will move to Marine Corps Logistics Case in Albany, Georgia to contine their training. 
  • Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort: Ordered mandatory evacuation for all personnel.
  • Camp LeJeune: No mandatory evacuations, but personel are placed on liberty administrative leave during the height of the storm.

South Carolina

The South Carolina National Guard has now activated 2,000 members who will remain on duty as long as needed according to Army Lt. Col. Cindi King, director of public affairs for the South Carolina National Guard. Charleston International Airport will close all runways at midnight on Wednesday according to a report from the AP.

Current SC installation evacuations:

  • Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort (MCAS):  All non-essential Department of Defense personnel ordered to evacuate by Col. Timothy Miller, commanding officer of MCAS Beaufort.
  • Joint Base Charleston: Limited evacuation orders


1,500 Virginia National Guard members have been activated and Gov. Ralph Northam has authorized up to 6,000 troops for operation efforts. Roughly 30 ships left Naval Station Norolk and Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek to safer areas of the Atlantic to avoid the storm. Similarly, all F-22 Raptors and T-38 Talons currently at Joint Base Langley-Eustis are moving to Ohio.   

Photo courtesy of Petty Officer 2nd Class Justin

Current VA installation evacuations:

  • Naval Station Norfolk and Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek: All Naval personnel and their families who live in lowest lying areas of Norfolk ordered evacuated.
  • Langley Air Force Base: All personnel and their families being evacuated. 

Read also: What does USAA cover during a hurricane? and How to keep VA benefits and services flowing during Hurricane Florence

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