National Guard Responds to East Coast StormBy Air Force Tech. Sgt. John Orrell
National Guard Bureau
WASHINGTON, Dec. 27, 2010 - As of 8 a.m. today, 430 National Guard members had been activated in response to an East Coast winter storm that left as much as 2 feet of snow in some areas and prompted six governors to activate their .
Massachusetts Guard members are assisting local police to evacuate some homes affected by coastal flooding caused by the storms.
Maryland Guard members are calling on the lessons they learned during the "snowpocalypse" earlier in 2010.
"During the blizzards of earlier 2010, we helped deliver babies and rescue motorists on the highway," Army Maj. Gen. James Adkins, the of Maryland, said. "Who knows what the next call may be."
Virginia Guard members are assisting and local emergency response organizations in the Eastern Shore by conducting Humvee-mounted route patrols to assess road conditions and assist stranded motorists.
At about 4:45 a.m. today, they transported one adult and two children stranded on a side street and also were scheduled to transport emergency services personnel to work at a local hospital.
At about 6:30 a.m. they also rescued three people trapped in their car for more than four hours and transported them to a local shelter for further assistance.