Walker authorizes National Guard emergency relief in Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

Walker authorizes National Guard emergency relief in Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

Gov. Scott Walker issued an executive order Monday calling Wisconsin National Guard emergency personnel to active duty following hurricanes Irma and Maria, according to a release.

The executive order says National Guard members will be called to active duty as the Adjutant General deems necessary to assist in respond to the Emergency Management Assistance Compact to aid Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, officials said.

There’s no immediate word on how many guard members will be sent to help.

“This order will provide vital medical personnel and resources to help our fellow Americans affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria quickly and effectively,” Walker said in the release. “We’re also directing all state agencies to assist the Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs in responding to this situation.”

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