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Florida National Guard responding to state needs

By Staff | Mar 17, 2020

The Florida National Guard, under the direction of Gov. Ron DeSantis, is responding to the needs of the state alongside its interagency partners, helping to protect citizens and guests throughout this crisis.

“Your Florida National Guard is well-trained, well-equipped and experienced in emergency response,” said Maj. Gen. James O. Eifert, the Adjutant General of Florida, in a statement released Tuesday. “This positions our force as an excellent resource for Gov. Ron DeSantis during the State of Florida’s COVID-19 response.”

“Currently, one of the main efforts of the FLNG mobilization is in support of the Florida Department of Health response in Broward County, where FLNG medical and support personnel are expected to partner with a local hospital system to provide drive-through COVID-19 testing to community members, as dictated by current testing policies,” the release states.

The FLNG Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen are also mobilized in support of the State Logistics Readiness Center in central Florida, ensuring needed supplies are getting to the right place at the right time across the state. Additionally, FLNG members are working in the State Emergency Operations Center and local emergency management offices across the state, serving as liaisons, ensuring local authorities understand the capabilities and equipment of the Guard.

“As this crisis continues, the Florida National Guard continues readying the force across the state for a variety of missions to include medical support and distribution of necessary commodities,” officials said.

Even though the FLNG is in active response to COVID-19, all FLNG personnel and families are encouraged to follow the guidance put out by the Florida Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For more information about COVID-19 and the State of Florida’s response, visit www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/COVID-19/covid19-toolkit.html.