Maxwell opens for hurricane support

Photo By William Birchfield | An Airman from the 42nd Operational Support Squadron directs U.S. Navy MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopters as they arrive at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, from Naval Air Station Jacksonville and Naval Station Mayport, Florida, Sept. 1, 2019. The helicopters evacuated from the Jacksonville area in advance of Hurricane Dorian. In addition to the helicopters, Maxwell AFB is serving as an Incident Support Base for Federal Emergency Management Agency and Defense Logistics Agency personnel and equipment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Billy Birchfield)



Story by Maj. Brian Maguire 

Air University Public Affairs

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Alabama – At the request of the Department of Homeland Security, through U.S. Northern Command, Maxwell Air Force Base opened Aug. 29 as an Incident Support Base in advance of Hurricane Dorian.

Personnel from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Defense Logistics Agency arrived Aug. 29, to begin preparations for receiving trailers of food, water and other necessary supplies FEMA may use after the hurricane passes.

“As we have for the last several hurricane seasons, Team 4-2 and Maxwell Air Force Base are ready to support whole-of-government efforts to provide Americans emergency relief,” said Col. Patrick Carley, 42nd Air Base Wing commander. “While we don’t know what will happen when Dorian makes landfall, we can be ready to provide assistance.”

In addition to more than a hundred trailers currently on base, Maxwell also received helicopters from Naval Air Station Jacksonville that evacuated in advance of the storm.

“Maxwell is a prime location to provide emergency relief support and a safe haven location during severe weather,” Carley said. “With increased activity and equipment on base, I ask that people stay away from the work sites out of safety concerns.”

Maxwell has provided a staging location for supplies and response teams during Hurricanes Irma, Florence and Michael in 2017 and 2018 respectively. Several hundred more trailers are expected to arrive at Maxwell before Dorian makes landfall in the United States.

“We hope that the storm isn’t as damaging as predicted, but we’re ready to support the staging and movement of relief supplies as part of FEMA’s effort,” Carley said.

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