Fifty Airmen from the NY National Guard are ready to deploy for hurricane Florence relief efforts. The team from the 106th Rescue Wing will be traveling from Eastern Long Island to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.
That’s where they will be staged with additional resources at the storm approaches. Colonel Richard Goldenberg told NEWS10 ABC they want to be pre-positioned around the states where the storm will have the biggest impact, so they will be able to get to the hardest hit areas. The team will be well equipped for rescue missions with two CH-47 Chinook heavy lift helicopters and two UH-60 Blackhawk medical evacuation helicopters.
New York also has a search and rescue task force made up first responders. NY Task Force 2 is trained for specialized rescues. Department of Homeland Security confirmed they are ready and on standby, ready to fly down at a moment’s notice after the storm hits.
If you would like to help people affected by Hurricane Florence by visiting redcross.org, calling 1- 800-RED CROSS or texting the word FLORENCE to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
The Red Cross has also pre-positioned additional blood products in the Southeast that will be affected by the storm. They are encouraging eligible donors in the Capital Region to give blood to help ensure a sufficient blood supply.
You can visit for more information redcrossblood.org