DE Guard continues preparation for Winter Storm

80

Staff Report

33

Update –

Delaware National Guard, in coordination with the Delaware Emergency Management Agency, is prepositioning personnel and vehicles throughout the state in preparation for Winter Storm Jonas.

Overnight, the state could see up to 18 inches of snow, high winds, and coastal flooding. The Delaware National Guard is fully prepared to support the state with any missions, snow or flood related.

Approximately 200 Soldiers and Airmen were called to support the citizens of Delaware. The majority are vehicle
operators and typical support missions include: transport of Delawareans to safety, transport of police and other first responders, and transport of medical workers to hospitals. We also can provide traffic control, access control points, and medical personnel should medical shelters be operational. 

“We are in constant communication and coordination with DEMA and all first responders in the state,” said Maj. Gen. Frank Vavala, Adjutant General, Delaware National Guard. “The National Guard is unique because we have the dual mission of the overseas warfight and supporting the homeland.”  

Operators and tactical vehicles such as Humvees, 5-ton trucks, and wreckers are dispatched to each county’s Emergency Operations Center. Although we have several hundred deployed overseas, we have the capability to support this event with as many troops and vehicles as needed, said Vavala.

Initially, vehicles and personnel are located at the Wilmington Readiness Center, the Smyrna Readiness Center, our Georgetown Armory, and our Armory on Newport Gap Pike. The distribution of vehicles and personnel was determined through coordination with Delaware’s first responders. Throughout the early evening, vehicles and personnel will be positioned with first responders at local police and fire stations.

In addition to vehicle operators, we have command staff in each operational armory and Liaison Officers supporting Emergency Operations Centers in all three counties. The Delaware National Guard Joint Emergency Operations Center is staffed around the clock, until the event is complete.

Original Post – 

The Delaware National Guard, in coordination with the Delaware Emergency Management Agency, will preposition personnel and vehicles throughout the state in preparation for Winter Storm Jonas.

“Current predictions call for heaviest snow in the northern part of the state, but prepositioning troops and equipment throughout gives us the ability to respond wherever needed.” said Maj. Gen. Frank Vavala, Adjutant General, Delaware National Guard.

Although the state could see up to 18 inches of snow in some parts, other effects could be high winds and coastal flooding. The Delaware National Guard is fully prepared to support the state with any missions, snow or flood related.

Approximately 125 Soldiers and Airmen are on standby and ready to be in place tonight to support the citizens of Delaware. The majority are vehicle operators and typical support missions include: transport of Delawareans to safety, transport of police and other first responders, transport of medical workers to hospitals, and assisting stranded motorists. We also can provide traffic control, access control points, and medical personnel should medical shelters be operational.

We have different types of vehicles available in our fleet. Several of these vehicles will be prepositioned with personnel throughout the state, with more available if needed. Initially, vehicles and personnel are located at the Wilmington Readiness Center, the Smyrna Readiness Center, our Georgetown Armory, and our Armory on Newport Gap Pike. The distribution of vehicles and personnel was determined through coordination with Delaware’s first responders.

In addition to vehicle operators, we have command staff in each operational armory and Liaison Officers supporting Emergency Operations Centers in all three counties. The Delaware National Guard Joint Emergency Operations Center is manned around the clock, until the event is complete.