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Louisiana, Texas National Guard prepared for Hurricane Laura

Louisiana National Guardsmen with the 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team conduct boat training in Lake Charles Aug. 25, 2020, to respond after Hurricane Laura makes landfall in southwest Louisiana. More than 3,000 Louisiana National Guard  Soldiers and Airmen in preparation were activated to respond across the state.

Louisiana National Guardsmen with the 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team conduct boat training in Lake Charles Aug. 25, 2020, to respond after Hurricane Laura makes landfall in southwest Louisiana. More than 3,000 Louisiana National Guard Soldiers and Airmen in preparation were activated to respond across the state.

Members of the Louisiana National Guard's 843rd Engineer Company help local and state agencies reinforce the exposed burrito levee in Grand Isle before Tropical Storm Marco and Hurricane Laura. The hurricane was scheduled to make landfall Aug. 26-27, 2020.

Members of the Louisiana National Guard's 843rd Engineer Company help local and state agencies reinforce the exposed burrito levee in Grand Isle before Tropical Storm Marco and Hurricane Laura. The hurricane was scheduled to make landfall Aug. 26-27, 2020.

Airmen with the Louisiana National Guard's 122nd Air Support Operation Squadron conduct radio checks prior to leaving Camp Beauregard, Pineville, Louisiana, Aug. 24, 2020. 122nd ASOS teams provide enhanced radio and satellite communications for key locations to coordinate response efforts after natural disasters in Louisiana.

Airmen with the Louisiana National Guard's 122nd Air Support Operation Squadron conduct radio checks prior to leaving Camp Beauregard, Pineville, Louisiana, Aug. 24, 2020. 122nd ASOS teams provide enhanced radio and satellite communications for key locations to coordinate response efforts after natural disasters in Louisiana.

Louisiana National Guard members stage key equipment and Guard members in Lake Charles Aug. 25, 2020, to respond after Hurricane Laura makes landfall in southwest Louisiana.

Louisiana National Guard members stage key equipment and Guard members in Lake Charles Aug. 25, 2020, to respond after Hurricane Laura makes landfall in southwest Louisiana.

Louisiana National Guard members from the Det 1, Delta Company, 2-151st Aviation Regiment conduct recertification training on an LUH-72 Lakota hoist system at Hammond Regional Airport Aug. 25, 2020. The Guard is preparing to respond to Hurricane Laura.

Louisiana National Guard members from the Det 1, Delta Company, 2-151st Aviation Regiment conduct recertification training on an LUH-72 Lakota hoist system at Hammond Regional Airport Aug. 25, 2020. The Guard is preparing to respond to Hurricane Laura.

Louisiana National Guard Soldiers and Airmen assist citizens in Southwest Louisiana at the Burton Coliseum in Lake Charles before landfall of Hurricane Laura Aug. 26-27, 2020. More than 3,000 members of the Louisiana Guard were involved in response efforts.

Louisiana National Guard Soldiers and Airmen assist citizens in Southwest Louisiana at the Burton Coliseum in Lake Charles before landfall of Hurricane Laura Aug. 26-27, 2020. More than 3,000 members of the Louisiana Guard were involved in response efforts.

Texas National Guard C-130 Hercules aircrews were busy delivering supplies and Airmen to Beaumont in anticipation of Hurricane Laura, expected to make landfall Aug. 26-27, 2020.

Texas National Guard C-130 Hercules aircrews were busy delivering supplies and Airmen to Beaumont in anticipation of Hurricane Laura, expected to make landfall Aug. 26-27, 2020.

Members of the Texas National Guard help prepare supplies, including military rations, or meals ready to eat, in case they are needed in response to the expected arrival of Hurricane Laura Aug. 26-27, 2020.

Members of the Texas National Guard help prepare supplies, including military rations, or meals ready to eat, in case they are needed in response to the expected arrival of Hurricane Laura Aug. 26-27, 2020.

ARLINGTON, Va. – Thousands of members of the Louisiana and Texas National Guard prepared Wednesday to assist first responders as Hurricane Laura approached landfall.

More than 3,000 members of the Louisiana National Guard and more than 1,000 Texas Guard troops were ready to provide support by land, water and air. The LANG strategically positioned 222 high water vehicles and 65 boats from southeastern Louisiana to southwestern Louisiana to provide search and rescue support. It also had 19 Army aircraft prepared to assist.

In addition, 10 Guard engineer assessment teams and seven engineer work teams were staged and ready to respond. Guard members of the 843rd Engineer Company worked around the clock to assist local and state agencies to reinforce the exposed burrito levee in Grand Isle.

And the LANG had 921,000 liters of water and 528,000 military rations, or meals ready to eat, strategically placed to support Louisianans.

The Texas National Guard has over 1,000 members activated for hurricane response, with over 20 aviation assets to include UH-60 Black Hawk, CH-47 Chinook, C-130 airframes standing by. Over 15 shelter teams with emergency tracking capabilities are moving to receive those in need and the Texas Guard has mobilized 117 high profile vehicles to support rescue efforts in high-risk areas. C-130 crews have been busy moving supplies to areas of Southeast Texas in anticipation of the hurricane and the recovery efforts to follow.

Texas is prepared to operate in a COVID-19 environment by using 160 Guard members assigned to mobile testing teams to support interagency hurricane response.

Hurricane Laura was expected to hit the Texas-Louisiana coast as a Category 4 hurricane Wednesday night or early Thursday, with the potential for catastrophic damage.

The Louisiana and Texas National Guard contributed to this story.

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