The realities of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria have had a big impact on those providing hurricane relief to affected areas. The United States military, both active and reserve have been heavily tapped and taxed to support the affected areas. Though their hardships do not compare with that faced by the victims of these storms, it has taken a toll on them physically, emotionally, and resource wise. Nevertheless, they are standing tall and working with a can-do attitude. Here is what they have been facing.
As Written By Ellen Mithcell for The Hill:
The Pentagon is taking steps to prevent burnout among military personnel working rescue and recovery missions following a string of devastating hurricanes.
Due to a “significantly higher storm season,” it is common for military rescue and recovery personnel “to fly out of one hurricane and into the other,” deputy to the chief of Air Force Reserve Maj. Gen. Derek Rydholm told reporters Friday.
Rydholm, who spoke at the Pentagon alongside U.S. Army Corps of Engineers division commander Brig. Gen. Diana Holland, gave reporters an update on the rescue and recovery efforts following Hurricane Maria’s battering of Puerto Rico.
“We do have a lot going on, but we’re always mindful that we have to balance the different tasks and make sure that we are ready to respond to the next one,” Holland said.
It’s been a long month for the military’s rescue personnel. Maria was the third major storm to hit the U.S. mainland or a territory in recent weeks, following Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
At least 10 people were reported killed in Puerto Rico because of Maria, which passed over the island early Wednesday. The U.S. territory — which has roughly 3.4 million residents — is now 95 to 100 percent without power.
About 90 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands are also without ……..
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