Va Guard Stages 600-Plus for Storm Response

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- About 630 members of the Virginia National Guard are getting ready to respond across the state to help with recovery operations related to Hurricane Sandy.

Officials say the Virginia Army Guard and Virginia Defense Force staged more than 500 people on Saturday in the Eastern Shore, Hampton Roads, as well as central and northern Virginia. Additional personnel began staging on Sunday and Monday in the areas around Woodstock, Winchester and Leesburg. Others have been alerted for possible duty.

Guard personnel also are on duty in Sandston at the Guard's Joint Operations Center, Fort Pickett and the Virginia Emergency Operations Center.

Those in the field are capable of performing high water transport, debris cleanup and other patrols.


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