Hogan directs Maryland National Guard to aid Puerto Rico in hurricane recovery

Gov. Larry Hogan is sending a 26-member unit of the Maryland National Guard to Puerto Rico to aid in the recovery from Hurricane Maria.

Hogan said the effort stems from a call from Ricardo Rossello, governor of Puerto Rico, which has been without basics including power and sufficient clean water since the fierce hurricane devastated the island Sept. 20.

The Maryland National Guard’s 29th Combat Aviation Brigade will deploy for potentially 60 days with two systems that can purify 1,200 gallons of water per hour for drinking, cooking and hygiene.

A mutual aid agreement called the Emergency Management Assistance Compact allows Maryland to share resources with other U.S. states and territories during and after disasters.

Workers from around Maryland, spared the effects of recent hurricanes, also are aiding residents of Florida and have completed five missions to that state and Texas following Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Workers have helped with efforts to shelter residents, clear debris, provide stress managements and deliver fuel and generators.

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