Governor Walker Prepares WI National Guard for Hurricane Sandy Efforts

By KBJR News 1

Governor Walker Prepares WI National Guard for Hurricane Sandy Efforts

October 29, 2012 Updated Oct 29, 2012 at 2:28 PM CDT

Madison, WI (Northland's NewsCenter) -- Governor Scott Walker is preparing the Wisconsin National Guard to assist with Hurricane Sandy efforts.

Governor Walker said Monday the National Guard will be standing ready to assist civilian authorities supporting Hurricane Sandy relief efforts in the impacted regions.

According to Colonel Mark Michie, director of the Wisconsin National Guard's domestic operations, Wisconsin Guard members have been identified to provide support, if requested, as part of a FEMA Region V ground task force.

Wisconsin National Guard assets have not been requested yet, but Wisconsin has more than a dozen force packages available.

The Wisconsin National Guard supported relief efforts following Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and ice storms in North Dakota in 2009.

Wisconsin Emergency Management is also monitoring Hurricane Sandy.

Gale warnings are in effect along Lake Michigan as a result of the hurricane. Waves of 10 to 15 feet are expected along the coast on Tuesday.

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