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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

FEMA: National Guardsmen Deployed into NYC - #Sandy

Mayor Orders Evacuation of 375,000 People

A mandatory evacuation order is in effect for Zone A. All New York City public schools are closed for students through Friday. Cars traveling into Manhattan using the four East River bridges will be restricted to High Occupancy Vehicles - 3 or more people per vehicle - for Thursday and Friday from 6:00 AM to 12:00 Midnight.

76 evacuation centers have been prepared throughout the city as military and law enforcement units mask for the storm that has 375,000 NYC residents mandated to evacuate.

NEW YORK — As of late Sunday, orders were given to deploy 1175 National Guard troops into the New York City region of the United States in preparation for the mandatory evacuation of “Zone A” which contains a civilian population of 375,000 people.

400 National Guardsmen have now been deployed into Long Island, 200 in New York City, and the remainder will disperse in the surrounding areas.

The New York City subway and other transportation hubs are shutdown and are now on full-scale lock down as the city is now in full button up status. Libraries and other government facilities will remain closed.

Public schools have been allotted and have been set up as temporary FEMA camps or makeshift shelters (78 throughout the city), as not all evacuee’s will make it out of the city.

Some will go by choice, others will stay or be forcefully removed by law enforcement or military units.


Additional Military EMS Deployment Info:

Pentagon Rushes Medical Personnel To New York, National Guard Soldiers Deliver Fuel
WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon on Wednesday flew 120 medical personnel into New York City to help care for elderly and at-risk patients in nursing homes, part of a broad array of storm-related military missions that active-duty, reserve and National Guard troops are undertaking.

The military medical volunteers came from Colorado, Ohio and Texas, the Pentagon said. Pentagon officials could not immediately say where the medical personnel are being deployed.

The urgent air mission came as some 10,000 Army and Air National Guard troops spread out across the storm-battered region from Maine to North Carolina, on missions ranging from presence patrols in Brooklyn to rescuing snow-bound motorists in West Virginia.

In Manhattan, National Guard troops lugged fuel to a generator on the 13th floor of Bellevue Hospital, according to Eric Durr, spokesman for the New York National Guard.

Guardsmen also are providing communications between first responders and state, county and local emergency operations centers.

The Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Northern Command are rushing 200 high-volume water pumps to New York, and the Corps has 80 truckloads of water on the way to West Virginia, where heavy snow has knocked out power and water in many areas.

National Guardsmen work under state authority, while the Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Northern Command and other active-duty units are assigned by the Pentagon to work under the Federal Emergency Management Agency.



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