US Army reserve helps New Yorkers
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- Date Nov 11, 2012
US Army reserve helps New Yorkers
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-- soldiers do more than just fight so for our freedom overseas they protect the American people from other threats like big storms.
Exactly when the army reserve got word of hurricanes and his potential devastation.
Big jump into action working on relief efforts before the bad weather hit and some of those -- are joining.
Live this morning US army reserve lieutenant general Jeffrey -- And specialist -- nearly welcome to both of you guys thanks for being here thank you for having us both here Jerrold tell us what you all have been doing since hurricane send him.
Well the first thing that we did is.
Before the storm even was approaching and we took a number of army reserve soldiers put them on active duty we called those emergency preparedness -- lays on officers and we align them directly with FEMA.
To help coordinate any support that the state may need from the federal government terms of federal forces.
And then at the request of the state in their quest to -- we took three quarter master teams that have been watering capability.
We deployed those in there working here in New York area do you watering basements of residential homes -- His water out -- sucking water out basements and couldn't get back to their lives.
They we have to get the water out of their basements and clear the storm water so they connection then come back -- -- restored electricity in those areas -- still without power how many people we talking about.
Is only about eighty to 83 was three quarter master teams what was unique about them is they have 6600 gallons per minute -- -- -- -- water quickly.
And then we had about fifty of these officers that are emergency preparedness officers.
-- million we know that you yourself lost power of course.
During this storm but but -- part of the team it's helping out everyone else and you say that it's an easier I think to help people because of the 2000 defense authorization act yes that is how to that's in on the process -- It's it's hoped that a lot.
Because I'm I'm along with my unit we were able to.
Go out there and provide the support that that he.
It -- victim's -- needed and down that in that -- to and speed up the process in terms of getting food.
And getting water and -- into.
Clear up that I'm -- from the wreckage that was out out there you might be important talk.
EPO explain what that is sure what what happened to get back your question is the national defense -- 2012 said look we don't.
Care what kind of forces we have out there with a -- -- help when they need help.
So it allowed Federal Reserve any comment mobilize and help -- work with the National Guard to provide that support.
So our emergency preparedness officers are aligned directly with FEMA so when the state says that -- we need help from the active component of the Federal Reserve.
Then there we already know in advance what their -- -- we -- immediately respond and so we get.
On the army reserves -- also varies in Hulk being veterans get jobs -- -- -- that you were able to do career counselor.
And get some help.
Yes when I came back from our basic training and I was faced with a problem that -- -- millions of Americans are faced with.
And that is fine in a job in today's tough economic crisis and I.
I have a fourteen year old son his name is -- brown and even though I had savings from my military training that was quickly -- in Italy and because.
I did not have a job and so I started to -- out I was sent -- -- over ten applications daily for over five months with -- Response are from and Olin thank you both -- you've done yes.
-- -- -- -- -- Absolutely -- I just wanna say today's veterans day devers and we wanna recognize and thank all the veterans that have Serb force -- currently serving to include that 9500.
Soldiers we have an Afghan welts on reserves we're just saying thanks thanks so I had a few more often -- gentlemen thank you.