Governor John Bel Edwards is sending over 300 Louisiana National Guard soldiers to Puerto Rico to assist the island nation as it deals with catastrophic devastation from Hurricane Maria. Mike Steele, with the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, says two separate units will spend a month in Puerto Rico.
“The Louisiana National Guard is providing a 167 person engineering company to help with some of the water supply and the engineering needs.”
Steele says a 163 person Military Police Company is also heading to Puerto Rico to assist with security. Steele says GOHSEP and the Guard are also putting together an 11-person team to help Puerto Rican officials find housing for displaced citizens.
“There’s a lot of coordination from the locals on up that has to take place, there’s a lot of logistics issues to work out.”
Edwards says they also have a small team heading to the Virgin Islands to assist them in their requests for aid as a result of a Hurricane Irma.