Virginia Civil Air Patrol ready to provide local emergency support

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The Virginia Civil Air Patrol is getting ready to provide local emergency support in anticipation of Hurricane Florence. 

The Virginia Wing changed its alert status to “warning” hours before Gov. Ralph Northam issued a mandatory evacuation notice for thousands of residents living along the coast. 

READ: Gov. Northam orders evacuation for Eastern Shore, Hampton Roads

The Civil Air Patrol Virginia Wing has nearly two thousand members. They regularly participate in emergency services training to provide assistance when activated. The Virginia Wing is ready to provide post-storm response for the Commonwealth and neighboring states. It can also conduct pre-storm surveys for the Virginia Department of Emergency Management. 

Over the past 24 hours, the wing has been relocating its corporate aircraft to inland hangars. It says its corporate vans are safe, fueled and ready to provide recovery support for federal, state and local agencies. The group will continue to prepare over the next 48 hours. 

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