One hundred Nebraska Army National Guard soldiers and four UH-72 Lakota helicopters will be deployed to Florida for Hurricane Irma relief.
“Just as we did in Texas, members of the Nebraska National Guard stand ready and able to do what we have always done, support our fellow Americans during times of natural disaster," Maj. Gen. Daryl Bohac, Nebraska adjutant general, said in a release Sunday.
The Category 4 storm touched ground Sunday morning in the Florida Keys after devastating several Caribbean islands. By evening, the eye was passing over Naples in southwest Florida.
Floridians will also receive relief efforts from Nebraska Task Force 1, who arrived in northern Florida Saturday after a 22-hour drive.
The 80-person team pulled into Eglin Air Force Base, near Pensacola, around 4 p.m. Saturday, where they await
The team doesn't know exactly where or when they will begin rescue work, Task Force leader Dave Kluthe said Sunday.
Recently deployed to assist in west Texas after Hurricane Harvey, the team is in good spirits, Kluthe said.
"We're getting ready to go to work."