Here is what I know.
The WA State National Guard request for assistance in Skagit County was received yesterday in the late afternoon. We have only just begun planning, as the Guard usually requires 48-72 hour notice prior to engaging in direct support in the community.
The request was for 8 Guardsmen and 4 vehicles to assist with sorting, packaging, and delivering food to various Helping Hands Food Banks.
The community can expect to see the Guardsmen in uniform – working in a friendly and supportive capacity to assist in instilling good confidence for our residents. They are each citizens in Washington State. They can be approached by the media and you can expect them to interact in a professional manner as they carry out their support duties. The vehicles will most likely be rental vehicles without military markings; however, there might be the small chance that they use a military vehicle – this will depend on planning, which is in process.
We are hoping that they will be starting their assistance in the next 48-72 hours. Our current timeline is to continue to support this mission through the end April.
Hans B Kahl
Deputy IC / Logistics Section Chief
Skagit County Department of Emergency Management