Walker: National Guard ready to help those affected by Hurricane Michael

Walker: National Guard ready to help those affected by Hurricane Michael
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Gov. Scott Walker announced Wednesday that the Wisconsin National Guard is ready to help those affected by Hurricane Michael.

Walker issued Executive Order #311 and a corresponding directive to help those in the hurricane’s path, officials said.

“Wisconsin stands ready to help those affected by Hurricane Michael,” Walker said in the release. “I thank the men and women of the Wisconsin National Guard for stepping up once again.”

The order authorizes the adjutant general to call elements of the Wisconsin National Guard to state active duty to assist civilian authorities in areas affected by Hurricane Michael, according to the release. It also suspends certain restrictions and limitations to help carriers transport vital emergency relief supplies more efficiently.

The order also directs all state agencies to assist the Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs in responding to Hurricane Michael and allows permanent state employees who are certified Red Cross disaster relief volunteers to take a leave of absence of up to 30 days to provide specialized disaster services.

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