Over 1,900 Guardsmen Activated for Weather Emergencies

 

The half-mile-wide tornado that ripped through Joplin, Mo., Monday morning has claimed the lives of 117 people so far, and it’s prompted the mobilization of the state’s National Guard troops, a common occurrence lately as violent weather has pummeled parts of the South and Midwest this spring.

So far, more than 1,900 guardsmen are responding to disasters in 10 states. In Missouri, 270 had been mobilized as of Tuesday morning and members of the the 117th Engineer Team were sifting through the rubble, carrying out search-and-rescue missions. They’re also conducting emergency route clearance, communications support and security efforts, according to a National Guard statement.

Over 1,900 Guardsmen Activated for Weather Emergencies

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