Governor LePage Supports Vermont�s Request for Military Assistance

September 2, 2011

Maine National Guard troops to deploy Saturday

For Immediate Release: Friday, September 02, 2011 Contact: Adrienne Bennett (207) 287-2531 CW4 Mark Houdlette (207) 626-4390

Augusta, Maine � Governor Paul LePage today announced the approval to send troops from the Maine National Guard to Vermont to help with the clean-up of Hurricane Irene. The Governor approved Friday a request under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC), a nationwide system through which states affected by disasters can receive additional resources.

Maine will deploy two-hundred Army National Guard engineers Saturday morning from Belfast and Auburn for eight days to Rutland, Vermont. The unit will primarily assist with debris removal which was left in the wake of Hurricane Irene. Also, six members of the Maine Air National Guard�s 265th Combat Communications Squadron out of South Portland will deploy to provide communications support.

�Our neighbors to the West are in need of our assistance and the Maine National Guard is ready, willing and able to help,� Governor LePage said. �It is during these times of natural disasters our service members rise to the occasion and give their support to those who need it most. I am proud of our men and women. I wish them the best during this deployment and a safe return home.�

The Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) was signed into public law in 1996 and all 50 states, DC, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands have enacted legislation to become EMAC members. EMAC was designed to establish a firm legal foundation for States to support one another.

Maine has stepped up to help other states by providing personnel and resources on several occasions, including sending responders to Louisiana and Mississippi in 2005 following Hurricane Katrina.

The estimated costs associated with this deployment to include personnel and equipment costs will be approximately $1.5 million. As part of the EMAC agreement, Vermont will reimburse Maine for expenses related to this deployment.