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Ohio National Guard deployed to Florida

CANTON, Ohio (WDTN) - As Hurricane Michael relief efforts get underway, the Ohio National Guard is on its way to Florida with a seven-member crew and a helicopter.

They left out of Canton, Ohio on Thursday and should make it to the Florida Panhandle by the weekend.

Captain Tara Pappas said although its hard to tell what exactly they'll be doing until they get there, they are prepared for whatever comes their way.

"We're not sure what kind of support they need," Pappas said. "We anticipate we'll be doing some evacuations and moving food, water, and supplies." 

Chief Warrant Officer 3 Cody Schapson said it's something they're used to - having been deployed to Texas and Florida, last year.

"We're always set in the mindset of always-ready-to-go during this time," he said. "So each of us in our own individual way prepare ourselves and get ready, just to be ready for that call, if it does come."

Michael brought strong storm surge and high winds - destroying buildings leaving many homeless, and claiming lives.

The national guard crew says they're prepared to do search and rescue, personnel and equipment transportation, and supply runs.

"We train all year-round to be able to support these types of missions," Pappas said. "So our team is trained and ready to go. It's just getting the people together and here when it's time to actually deploy."


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