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100 National Guardsmen activated to respond to Hurricane Sandy
MANCHESTER — One hundred New Hampshire National Guard are stationed at three locations across the state, waiting for calls to assist in response to Hurricane Sandy.
Forty are stationed at the Manchester armory, 35 at Pease and 25 in Plymouth, said Major Gregory Heilshorn. Another 100 are on standby.
Heilshorn said nearly all the activated soldiers have experience overseas and in national diasters here in New Hamphsire. This morning, they were checking equipment and making last minute preparations.
"Ideally, once a call comes in for community support they're ready to roll," Heilshorn said.
They are expected to perform wellness checks, assist in debris removal and distribute critical supplies such as water, he said.
Gov. John Lynch activated the 100 on Sunday afternoon.
Safety recommendations for New Hampshire citizens.
• Stay away from beaches. All Hampshire beaches are now closed.
• Secure all loose objects in your yards.
• Don't drive on flooded roadways.
• Don't venture outside during the storm because of the danger of flying debris.
• Stay away from downed power wires. Assume they are live.
• Operate emergency generators only in well-ventilated areas to avoid the buildup of deadly carbon monoxide gas.
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