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Hurricane Sandy Military Response l Photos

Preparation and early response

As Hurricane Sandy started to batter the East Coast of the United States yesterday, the National Guard and U.S. military had more than 61,000 personnel mobilized and ready for duty. As of 4:00 a.m. on the morning of Oct. 30, more than 7,400 National Guard members were responding to calls for assistance in 11 states. Their skills and expertise were badly needed, as the toll of Hurricane Sandy is revealed. The National Guard worked in concert with local first responders and performed missions such as support at evacuation shelters, motorist assistance, search and rescue, and delivery of supplies. In the United States, so far 29 people are confirmed dead from Sandy. The amount of damage is hard to measure, but will surely be in the billions of dollars. In the coming days, the National Guard and other military units will transition from their initial rescue and response missions to assistance in recovery and rebuilding in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

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