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PRESS RELEASE: Maryland Guard Activated in response to inclement winter weather

SALISBURY, Md. — At the direction of Gov. Wes Moore, the Maryland National Guard has activated four Soldiers on state active duty with one military vehicle ready in Somerset County in case they are needed to support civil agencies responding to the winter weather system.

The MDNG will utilize a covered light/medium tactical vehicle to support Somerset County Swift Water Rescue Team if elevated tides cause coastal flooding and impact the safety of local citizens.

“The Eastern Shore is our home too,” said Brig. Gen. Andrew W. Collins, the commander of the Maryland Army National Guard. “These Soldiers are committed to protecting and serving our communities. Their quick and effective actions reflect the discipline and readiness that define our armed forces, and I am so proud to serve as the commander of such fine citizen-Soldiers.”

The Maryland Department of Emergency Management and Gov. Moore are urging all Marylanders to monitor weather conditions and prepare for severe weather.

During domestic operations, the MDNG receives missions through MDEM and responds as part of a multi-agency team with the other state and local emergency agencies to provide support capabilities to communities in need. Requests for assistance come through MDEM, so the MDNG is not able to respond directly to requests for support from the public. Call 911 if emergency assistance is needed.

Maj. Ben Hughes
Maryland National Guard Public Affairs Office
Phone: 667-296-3662

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