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Mississippi National Guard deploys 250 soldiers to Louisiana for Ida response

Soldiers from the 113th Military Police Co. and the 114th Military Police Co refuel vehicles, receive a convoy safety brief and distribute Meals Ready to Eat (MRE’s) at Camp Shelby Sept. 1, 2021. The Mississippi Army National Guard Military Police Co’s, are going to provide recovery support to Louisiana following Hurricane Ida. (Mississippi Army National Guard photo by 2nd Lt. Michael Needham)

Soldiers from the 113th Military Police Co. and the 114th Military Police Co refuel vehicles, receive a convoy safety brief and distribute Meals Ready to Eat (MRE’s) at Camp Shelby Sept. 1, 2021. The Mississippi Army National Guard Military Police Co’s, are going to provide recovery support to Louisiana following Hurricane Ida. (Mississippi Army National Guard photo by 2nd Lt. Michael Needham)

The Mississippi National Guard is deploying approximately 250 soldiers to assist with response missions in Louisiana following Hurricane Ida’s impact. 

According to a news release, Mississippi National Guard Soldiers from various companies in the 112th Military Police Battalion and the 223rd Engineer Battalion are joining forces to provide essential trained personnel to assist the state of Louisiana by providing vital emergency relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida.

The soldiers will be providing emergency debris removal and logistical distribution of vital supplies including food and water to the citizens of Louisiana. 

Inter-agency coordination between the Louisiana Office of Emergency Services, the Louisiana National Guard, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and the supporting Mississippi National Guard forces, played a vital role leading up to the preparation and staging of deployed military support.

Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center is supporting the combined effort serving as a Joint Reception Staging and Onward Integration (JRSOI) site for members of  the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as they prepare to move disaster relief efforts into Louisiana.

This morning, Governor Tate Reeves held a press conference with FEMA Director Deanne Criswell, during which he also announced that fourteen firefighters from the Mississippi State Fire Academy (MSFA), Madison Fire Department, and Gluckstadt Fire Department have been delayed to Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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