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National Guard in short supply, some states fear
|Contributor||Gerald Farinas |
|Last Edited||Gerald Farinas May 17, 2004 09:43am|
|News Date||Monday, May 17, 2004 08:00:00 AM UTC0:0|
|Description||National Guard in short supply, some states fear |
The Honolulu Advertiser
With so many National Guard troops in Iraq, officials in some states are worried they could be caught short-handed if an emergency flares up at home. Their more frequent and longer overseas deployments "absolutely" affect states' emergency response, said Chris Reynolds, a battalion fire chief in Tampa, Fla., who teaches disaster management at American Military University. The effect is critical, Reynolds said, not just because so many National Guard members are gone, but because so many reservists work in public safety and emergency response.
Governors rely on the Guard to serve as a last line of defense during natural disasters and civil emergencies. And as the hurricane and wildfire seasons begin, many states are uneasy and uncertain.