National Guard to assist with Avaian Influenza response

Posted by HBC Newsdesk April 27, 2015

The Minnesota State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) called on the National Guard to deliver water for use in the disease containment effort as part of the state’s response to avian influenza.

Thirty National Guard soldiers and 15 military water trucks from the Willmar-based 682nd Engineer Battalion and the Brooklyn Park-based A Company, 134th Brigade Support Battalion will be used in the mission. Large amounts of water are needed in foaming systems being used as part of euthanasia efforts, which are in place to control further spread of avian influenza virus.

The Guard members are assigned to assist beginning Monday and will work through Wednesday as additional water transport resources are identified.

The National Guard became available following Governor Mark Dayton’s declaration of a peacetime emergency which says “the Adjutant General of Minnesota can order to state active duty such personnel and equipment of the military forces of the State as required, and for such a period of time as necessary to provide assistance and emergency relief services if and when needed.”

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Homeland Security Emergency Management division (HSEM) activated the SEOC to coordinate the state’s ongoing response to avian influenza.

HSEM is coordinating resource needs with several state agencies including the Minnesota Board of Animal Health and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

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