PA National Guard troops and helicopters headed to Puerto Rico

Lester Mason
October 1, 2017

North Carolina is sending help to hurricane ravaged Puerto Rico.

The Soldiers are prepared to operate independently for the first five-days in austere conditions and will be on the ground as long as needed which could be up to 60-days.

The governor says an advance team will depart this weekend, while the rest of the engineers will be deploying next week.

14 members of the Pennsylvania National Guard and two helicopters have left Ft.

Additional soldiers are scheduled to deploy in the near future.


Puerto Rico requested assistance from NC Guard through an Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) request with NC Emergency Management to aid in recovery. First, the convoy will head to Florida where the supplies will be shipped to Puerto Rico.

"The people of Puerto Rico have had our thoughts and prayers throughout this devastating and trying time", McMaster said in a statement.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate and Newton mayor Setti Warren is dissatisfied with Republican Gov. Charlie Baker's response to the devastation in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. The armories WILL NOT accept any items dropped off by individuals.

The White House has claimed that there are 7,200 troops active in Puerto Rico, about 2,600 more than reported by the Defense Department. All financial donations will be dedicated entirely to Puerto Rico Hurricane Maria Relief efforts. Friday, 200 truckloads of food, water, generators, blankets, and other equipment departed Fort Bragg.

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