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Utah National Guard activated to assist Davis County with debris clean-up

 

Photos by 1LT Ryan Sutherland

 

Draper, Utah — Governor Gary Herbert activated the Utah National Guard to assist Davis County emergency response with debris clean-up from the high wind storm that caused considerable damage in Davis County.

 

During the operations, approximately 200 personnel, with 70 pieces of heavy equipment from the 1457th Engineer Battalion, 489th Brigade Support Battalion, 204th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, 115th Maintenance Company, 151st Air Refueling Wing and their tenant units have supported clean-up efforts.

 

The Soldiers and assets came from as far away as Manti and Mount Pleasant Armories to Davis County to support the County operations. Utah National Guard Soldiers and Airmen worked at the city staging areas to consolidate green and non-green waste, load it onto the Guard’s dump trucks and then transport it to closest landfill for that city.

 

One of the Utah National Guard’s primary missions is to provide support to state authorities during times of natural disasters when tasked to do so by the governor and operates under the direction of the local municipalities.

 

•Typical UTNG support missions during disaster relief include transportation of personnel, equipment or supplies, security, heavy equipment or engineer operations, air transport and observation, water-quality testing, general operations (filling sandbags, disaster cleanup).

 

•In close coordination with the State Emergency Operations Center, the UTNG will operate a Joint Operations Center to facilitate our Defense Support to Civil Authorities (DSCA) efforts.

 

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Taken on December 4, 2011