Dayton Issues Executive Order to Approve Assistance in Hurricane Michael Relief

October 11, 2018 06:13 PM

Gov. Mark Dayton has issued an emergency executive order approving the Minnesota National Guard to assist with Hurricane Michael relief efforts in Florida.

Emergency Executive Order 18-14 authorizes a response team consisting of a National Guard helicopter and six soldiers to travel to Florida and aid in emergency response and recovery operations.

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"They will be doing search and rescue. They will pick up displaced persons," Col. Chad Sackett said. "They will be able to move equipment for first responders where necessary and any other missions that pop up. They have night vision capability. They also have a hoist to be able to lift people out when they are stuck on roofs."

Hurricane Michael made landfall on Florida's Gulf Coast Wednesday as a Category 4 storm, causing widespread destruction as it moved inland. It has since been downgraded to a tropical storm.

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