As a result of the request from Texas, the National Guard sent help by providing manpower within two days.
The Disney Dream was one of three ships returning because of unsafe conditions in the Caribbean due to Hurricane Irma.
The Coast Guard says Hurricane Irma is still a threat to the state’s coastal regions and could cause large surf, potential coastal flooding and tropical storm level winds starting later Sunday until Tuesday. The state’s western coast is in the storm’s direct path. “It may have been why we got the call”, Capt. Samuel Waltzer, the company’s commander, said in a release as the unit readied its trucks in preparation for the 1,000 mile journey. From there, they will be deployed to the areas most impacted.
The fleet brings a host of capabilities such as medical support, maritime security, logistic support, assessment tools, security and water purification systems.
Deployed through what’s known as an emergency management assistance compact, Wilham said the soldiers and airmen are set to be deployed through September 18, but could return earlier as the situation in south Texas comes under control.
The 106th Rescue Wing Team will be based at the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport on St. Croix and provide search and rescue support on the islands of to St. Thomas and St John’s.
Several members recently returned from Texas where they assisted in Harvey response.
– In Virginia, Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency September 8, which will allow Virginia Army National Guard soldiers to respond and support other states if or when called upon.
The Army said Saturday night that active duty, Reserve and Army National Guard personnel were either already involved in the Irma response or preparing to give support.