Archive for Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Kansas sends National Guard troops to Gulf

Hurricane Gustov has moved onto the Gulf Coast - and the Kansas National Guard is set to follow in its wake.

September 2, 2008


About 600 Kansas National Guard members will leave for the Gulf Coast today and Wednesday to respond to the aftermath of Hurricane Gustav.

The 35th Infantry Division at Fort Leavenworth will send 150 people to Camp Beauregard near Alexandria, La., to provide command and control functions for the cleanup efforts.

Another 100 National Guard members with the 169th Support Sustainment Battalion in Olathe will travel to England Air Park near Alexandria, La.

About 350 Guard members with the 2-137th Infantry Division in Kansas City, Kan., will provide security services for the operation. They also will be based out of England Air Park. The soldiers also will be involved in high water search and rescue operations.

In addition, the Kansas Division of Emergency Management sent five people to Mississippi on Friday and Saturday to provide support to that state's Emergency Operations Center.


davidsmom 9 years, 3 months ago

This seems like a waste of resources. Gustav is not even a hurricane any more. It was only a Category 1 when it made landfall. We were in Houston in early August when another storm was bearing down on the Gulf coast. The TV meteorologists noted that people don't even evacuate for a Category 1 because all it does is bring a lot of rain and blow stuff around your yard, but it doesn't cause any major damage. It sounds like Gustav has been blow way out of proportion. The response to Katrina may have been botched at numerous levels, but there is no good reason to overreact in the opposite direction.

Linda Aikins 9 years, 3 months ago

True, Davidsmom, but after it had passed, overreacting fared way better than underreacting, refer to 2005 Katrina.I did get a kick out of all the news people broadcasting from there and watching their 15 minutes go to the west of them.

igby 9 years, 3 months ago

Hanna's in Haiti and will be moving towards-between Cuba an Southern Keys. Hanna could be the one that their so worried about because of the systems feeding on the tail-end of the storm Gustav wake. Friday or Saturday, it could be barreling down the same path as Gustav.

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