Delaware Guard prepares to support winter storm Jonas

DELAWARE – The Delaware National Guard, in coordination with the Delaware Emergency Management Agency, will pre-position personnel and vehicles throughout the state in preparation for Winter Storm Jonas.

“Current predictions call for heaviest snow in the northern part of the state, but prepositioning troops and equipment throughout gives us the ability to respond wherever needed.” said Maj. Gen. Frank Vavala, Adjutant General, Delaware National Guard.

Although the state could see up to 18 inches of snow in some parts, other effects could be high winds and coastal flooding. The Delaware National Guard is fully prepared to support the state with any missions, snow or flood related.

Approximately 125 Soldiers and Airmen are on standby and ready to be in place tonight to support the citizens of Delaware.

The majority are vehicle operators and typical support missions include: transport of Delawareans to safety, transport of police and other first responders, transport of medical workers to hospitals and assisting stranded motorists. Traffic control, access control points, and medical personnel can also be provided should medical shelters be operational.

Vehicles will be pre-positioned with personnel throughout the state, with more available if needed.

Initially, vehicles and personnel are located at the Wilmington Readiness Center, the Smyrna Readiness Center, our Georgetown Armory and our Armory on Newport Gap Pike. The distribution of vehicles and personnel was determined through coordination with Delaware’s first responders.

In addition to vehicle operators, command staff in each operational armory and liaison officers supporting Emergency Operations Centers are present in all three counties. The Delaware National Guard Joint Emergency Operations Center is manned around the clock, until the event is complete.

The Delaware National Guard receives their missions from the Delaware Emergency Management Agency to assist state and local emergency response organizations and is not able to respond to direct support requests from the public.

Although several hundred members of the Delaware National Guard are deployed overseas, officials state they still have the capability to support this snow event with as many troops as needed.

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