Members of the Illinois Army National Guard are prepping to offer aid as Hurricane Florence batters the east coast.
Thursday, Gov. Bruce Rauner deployed 10 soldiers and two helicopters as they prepare to offer relief efforts.
For 10 days, the soldiers will be in North Carolina after Florence finishes.
The troops will offer support for rescue missions and delivering food and supplies.
“They’ll touch down and wait for the storm to pass,” said Bryce Greenwood. “After the storm passes North Carolina, they’ll move into North Carolina and work out of Raleigh where North Carolina Air National Guard will coordinate all air efforts.”
Illinois has helped other states in the past, including during Hurricanes Katrina and Maria.