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NYS sending National Guard Airmen for Florence response

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ALBANY, N.Y. (WBNG) – A few dozen National Guard members from New York State are heading south to help in response to Huricane Florence.

Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) announced Wednesday that 50 airmen from the 106th Rescue Wing of the New York Air National Guard are assembling at Gabreski Air National Guard Base in Westhampton Beach. The team will travel to Dover Air Force Base.

The state is also making two CH-47 Chinook heavy lift helicopters and two UH-60 Blackhawk medical evacuation helicopters to assist as well.

“New York State's stockpiles are well equipped, prepared and ready for deployment to impacted states with over 1.8 million sandbags, nearly 700 generators, over 1,250 pumps, over 4,000 flashlights, over 438,000 cans and bottles of water, over 500 chainsaws, over 200 light towers, over 28,500 ready to eat meals and thousands of cots, blankets and pillows,” a news release from the governor's office reads.

The Department of Corrections and Community Supervision Food Production Center in Rome, New York is also sending thousands of pre-assembled lunches for hard-hit communities.

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