"I have instructed Ohio's Adjutant General to take whatever actions are necessary to assist local authorities to protect the lives, safety, health, and property of citizens affected by these devastating earthquakes."
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The 200th RED HORSE Squadron will support earthquake relief efforts by establishing two Disaster Relief Bed-down Systems, kits capable of providing basic housing and life support facilities such as tents, showers and latrines for up to 150 military personnel responding to the disaster.
“This is what we do,” said Maj. Gen. John C. Harris Jr., the Ohio adjutant general.
Col. Michael Hrynciw, commander of the 200th RED HORSE Squadron, said, “We train for this all the time in support of our friends and neighbors. The Ohio National Guard leads the way in helping others.”
The proclamation allows the unit to remain on active duty until the disaster recovery assistance is complete and an emergency no longer exists.
The Ohio National Guard is deploying the equipment and personnel as part of the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, which allows states to send personnel, equipment and commodities to assist with response and recovery efforts in other states or territories.