Governor Cuomo Deploys National Guard and State Police to the U.S. Virgin Islands After Touring Hurricane Irma Damage

No Comments
[September 15, 2017 – Albany, NY]

Governor Cuomo Deploys National Guard and State… 100 Members Of New York Army National Guard and 30 Members of the New York State

Police Will Provide Security Support on St. Thomas

Team Deployed at the Request Of Governor Mapp

Deployment Follows Governor Cuomo’s Assessment Tour and Recovery Mission to U.S. Virgin Islands

Photos of the Governor’s Assessment Tour Are Available Here


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the deployment of members of the New York National Guard and personnel from the New York State Police to the U.S. Virgin Islands after touring areas impacted by Hurricane Irma. One hundred members of the New York Army National Guard’s 105th Military Police Company, along with 30 members of the New York State Police, will deploy to the U.S. Virgin Islands this weekend to provide local authorities with security support on the island of St. Thomas.

The team is being deployed at the request of Governor Kenneth E. Mapp, who also requested that Governor Cuomo travel to the region to survey the damage. Governor Cuomo traveled to the region today, touring damage at the Estate Tutu Apartments on St. Thomas, visiting a supply distribution center and meeting with Governor Mapp and senior officials at the Government House. Hurricane Irma hit the U.S. Virgin Islands on September 6th, leaving St. Thomas and St. John heavily damaged after powerful winds at speeds greater than 150 miles per hour. Much of St. Thomas and St. John has been devastated and still remains without power as residents struggle to recover from the storm.

“After seeing the extent of Hurricane Irma’s devastation, I am deploying additional resources to support the U.S. Virgin Islands on the long path to recovery. New York State will send National Guard and State Police personnel to assist in the recovery efforts and lend a helping hand,” Governor Cuomo said. “New Yorkers know first-hand the damage Mother Nature’s fury can cause, and we are proud to be providing expertise, equipment, and personnel to support the U.S. Virgin Islands on their path to recovery, because helping neighbors in need is the New York way.”

The team will bring 12 Humvees and six all-terrain gator utility vehicles to augment security on the island. While deployed to St. Thomas, they will be housed on board the SS Wright, a federal Department of Transportation response vessel.

The 105th Military Police Company is based at the Masten Avenue Armory in Buffalo, and the soldiers are trained in law enforcement and security missions. The team will deploy from Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station on board three C-17 Globemaster III cargo aircraft. Members of the 105th Military Police Company deployed to Iraq in 2004 and 2011 and deployed to Guantanamo Bay in 2015. They have been involved in the response to the November 2014 snow storm in Erie County and other state emergencies

New York and the U.S. Virgin Islands share a special connection. More U.S. Virgin Islands residents list their place of birth as New York than any other state in the nation. Governor Mapp was born in Brooklyn, New York, and attended both New York City Community College and the City University of New York.

This deployment is not the first assistance offered by New York to the U.S. Virgin Islands in the wake of Hurricane Irma. Since Hurricanes Harvey and Irma hit Texas, Florida and the Caribbean, New York state has continued its support to areas impacted by these storms.

Personnel and equipment deployed for Hurricane Harvey

  • More than 100 airmen as well as aircraft and vessels deployed following Governor Cuomo’s pledge of support to Texas and Louisiana. Personnel and aircraft deployed on August 26 included 104 Air Guard personnel, rescue teams, maintenance and support staff, three rescue helicopters, one rescue plane and several boats and watercraft.
  •  On August 29, Governor Cuomo announced the deployment of additional New York Air National Guard resources to assist in the Hurricane Harvey response in Texas, which included an HC-130 search and rescue aircraft carrying 15 more airmen from the 106th Rescue Wing. Additionally, a Regional Medical Plans Officer was deployed to assist with the evacuation and transportation of patients from area hospitals.
  • A 30-member State Incident Management Team is supporting response and recovery efforts in Beaumont, TX, consisting of staff from the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services’ Office of Emergency Management, Fire Prevention and Control, and Interoperable Communications, State Police, Department of Transportation, Department of Environmental Conservation, Office of Parks Recreation and Preservation, Office of Information Technology Services, and Port Authority New York and New Jersey.
  • Staff and inmates from the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision Food Production Center in Rome, New York sent approximately 40,000 meals to Texas to aid victims of Hurricane Harvey.

Personnel and equipment deployed for Hurricane Irma

  •  Governor Cuomo deployed 130 Airmen from the New York Air National Guard’s 106th Rescue Wing, three HH-60 Pave Hawk rescue helicopters, and two HC-130 search and rescue aircraft and three Zodiac inflatable rescue boats to assist with initial search and rescue efforts in the U.S. Virgin Islands. This initial mission, which assisted in the evacuation of over 1,500 people, concluded earlier this week.
  • Additionally, the Governor deployed Task Force 2 (NYTF -2), a specialized team of 35 first responders and equipment skilled in structural collapse rescue, excavation emergencies, technical rope rescues, confined space rescue, and other specialized rescues to Florida. NYTF-2 deployed with six boats for water rescue operations, two tractor trailers with equipment needed for urban search and rescue missions including structural collapse rescue operations, and two disaster search K-9 teams.
  • On September 9, a C-130 cargo plane from the Scotia-based 109th Airlift Wing delivered medical supplies to St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • 10 UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopters and 55 soldiers from the New York Army National Guard’s 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade deployed to Florida on September 11 to assist in the response to Hurricane Irma. Additionally, airmen from the 105th Airlift Wing deployed a satellite communication team with seven personnel to Mississippi using a C-17 aircraft on Sunday, September 10 as part of the Hurricane Irma response and support for the Florida National Guard.

New York has a long history of helping other states following natural disasters. In addition to sending similar assistance to Florida following Hurricanes Matthew, Frances, Ivan, and Dennis, New York dispatched a multi-agency team of more than 300 individuals to assist Louisiana following Hurricane Katrina, as well as another 18-member team after Hurricane Gustav. Additionally, New York has sent crews of firefighters west many times to assist with containing wildfires.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Fill out this field
Fill out this field
Please enter a valid email address.
You need to agree with the terms to proceed

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.