SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WMBD) — Gov. JB Pritzker activated approximately 160 members of the Illinois Army National Guard in support of Hurricane Ida relief efforts on Friday.
“As states across the nation recover from the damage of Hurricane Ida and the continued impacts of climate change, the State of Illinois stands ready to help,” said Pritzker. “Illinois’ brave members of the National Guard are exceptional at everything they do and will work alongside local rescue teams to support impacted residents and communities.”
The Louisiana Army National Guard requested assistance through an approved Emergency Management Assistance Compact for manpower and equipment to assist with commodities distribution, general search and rescue, storm debris removal and route clearance, and general security and curfew enforcement.
The 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, headquartered in Urbana, has been tasked with providing approximately 45 Soldiers from Company A, 634th Brigade Support Battalion, based in Mattoon, to provide commodities transport via military flat-rack vehicles. The 634th BSB will also provide an officer and noncommissioned officer as a command team, plus two combat medics.
The 404th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, with headquarters in Normal, will provide approximately 98 Soldiers from the 661st Engineer Company (Horizontal), based in Macomb, for potential debris removal and route clearance missions.
The Illinois National Guard has provided forces and equipment for hurricane relief on multiple occasions including Hurricane Florence (2018), Hurricane Maria (2017), Hurricane Irma (2017), and Hurricane Sandy (2012).
The Illinois National Guard sent more than 1,140 Soldiers and Airmen to assist Louisiana and Mississippi in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.