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AR National Guard Helping with Tornado Response

The Arkansas National Guard lends support to assist with traffic control and Medevac in damaged areas in Vilonia and Mayflower.
UPDATE:  NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR (News Release) -- The Arkansas National Guard has added water transport to its mission support after a deadly tornado swept through the central Arkansas communities of Mayflower and Vilonia.

The storm developed rapidly and the twister was initially reported around 7:30 p.m. and the Guard received word that it would be needed just after 9 p.m.

Initially 46 members of the Arkansas National Guard were called to state active duty to assist local authorities in the hard hit communities.  The first requests were for manpower to assist local authorities in manning traffic control points and for Field Ambulances to assist in transporting casualties out of the impacted areas.

The troops and equipment were dispatched with seven HMMVEs, three HMMVE-Field Litter Ambulances (FLA), and 22 personnel routed to support local authorities in Mayflower, while eight HMMVEs, three HMMVE-Field Litter Ambulances (FLA) and 24 personnel were routed to assist in Vilonia.

With power out and a large number of residents, volunteers and law enforcement personnel working in the warm humid temperatures it became evident that fresh water would be a critical need to support ongoing recovery operations as well as local residents.

Just before midnight the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management requested two 400-gallon water buffalo trailers for Mayflower and another 400-gallon trailer for Vilonia.

Currently the Arkansas National Guard has 54 personnel and 24 vehicles supporting the ongoing operations.

Units supporting these missions are the 87th Troop Command and the 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.

Additional support missions are anticipated as the total scope of the disaster is assessed.  Additional information, and updates will be released as the Guard’s support role evolves.


ORIGINAL: FAULKNER COUNTY, AR -- Approximately 46 members of the Arkansas National Guard have been called to state active duty this evening to assist local authorities in the hard hit communities of Mayflower and Vilonia.

The first units were notified around 10 p.m., on Sunday, April 27, 2014, after the Arkansas National Guard received a request for support from the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management.  The requests were for manpower to assist local authorities in manning traffic control points and for Field Ambulances to assist in transporting casualties out of the impacted areas.

The troops and equipment are being routed to support local authorities in both Mayflower and Vilonia.

Currently the Arkansas National Guard is supporting with the following:

 

            -3-HMMVE – Field Litter Ambulance + 6 personnel - Vilonia

            -3-HMMVE – Field Litter Ambulance + 6 personnel – Mayflower

            -7-HMMVE - + 14 personnel – Mayflower

            -8-HMMVE - + 16 personnel – Vilonia

            -4 personnel are added to assist local authorities with Guard Command and Control at on scene command centers.

 
Units supporting these missions are the 87th Troop Command and the 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.

Additional support missions are anticipated as the total scope of the disaster is assessed.  Additional information, and updates will be released as the Guard’s support role changes.

 





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