Big Storm Activates Guard, Closes NGAUS
(Oct. 31) About 12,000 citizen-soldiers and airmen were on duty in 11 states Tuesday night in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, according to the National Guard Bureau.
National Guard assistance to local first responders and the Federal Emergency Management Agency included support at evacuation shelters, route clearance, search and rescue and delivery of essential equipment and supplies.
Meanwhile, the nation’s capital was returning to normal this morning. The federal government, which had been closed for two days, was back at work. The Metro public transportation system, which was closed Monday and until 2 p.m. Tuesday, was up and running.
NGAUS, too, was open after being closed for two days. The office at the National Guard Memorial takes its cue from the federal government.
The focus of National Guard missions was quickly shifting to recovery in the aftermath of the storm.
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