MANCHAC (WGNO)—Louisiana National Guard Soldiers and Airmen must be prepared for any disaster, especially hurricanes, so they conducted emergency field training today.
By air in Blackhawk helicopters, by land and by sea, the Louisiana National Guard knows what to do in an emergency, and it all starts with collaboration.
“As we become more integrated into operations, you will find that if we have to deal with some kind of disaster that has familiar faces that everyone knows how to help, we are not starting from scratch,” the Colonel said. Greg St. Romain, commander of the 225th Engineer. .
These disaster response exercises give national and local agencies a chance to test their capabilities as if they had a real disaster on their hands.
“From boat operations to communications integration to water mitigation efforts,” he said.
Being in Southeast Louisiana and dealing with hurricanes – flooding and water rescues are what they’re trained on here at the Manchac Boat Launch.
“They are trained in rescue operations as well as lily pad operations where individuals are rescued and brought to a site,” he said.
They also exercised a super bag mission in the event of a breach in a dike or a watercourse.
Col. Greg St. Romain said today’s training exercises demonstrated a true partnership with Tangipahoa Parish.
“I think it’s very important because we continue to build relationships. We’re just going to continue to show what we can do for everyone,” Col. Greg St. Romain said.
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