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North Carolina Air National Guard; Staying Aware - Always Prepared

In support of National Preparedness Month, the 145th Airlift Wing held a Disease Containment Plan, Table Top exercise at the North Carolina Air National Guard base, Charlotte Douglas Intl. Airport, Oct. 3, 2014. During the exercise, members from the 145th Bioenvironmental Flight (BEE) provided a piece of equipment called a HAZMAT ID 360. The machine provides a wide array of chemical detection as well as a potential biological indication capability for various types of responses. The intent of the display was to show Disaster Response Force members who potentially will be working in the Crisis Action Team and Emergency Operations Center the capabilities of the 145th Airlift Wing’s BEE and Emergency Management Flights. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Patricia F. Moran, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

In support of National Preparedness Month, the 145th Airlift Wing held a Disease Containment Plan, Table Top exercise at the North Carolina Air National Guard base, Charlotte Douglas Intl. Airport, Oct. 3, 2014. During the exercise, members from the 145th Bioenvironmental Flight (BEE) provided a piece of equipment called a HAZMAT ID 360. The machine provides a wide array of chemical detection as well as a potential biological indication capability for various types of responses. The intent of the display was to show Disaster Response Force members who potentially will be working in the Crisis Action Team and Emergency Operations Center the capabilities of the 145th Airlift Wing’s BEE and Emergency Management Flights. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Patricia F. Moran, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

145th Airlift Wing held a Natural Disaster Table Top Exercise at the North Carolina Air National Guard, Fire Station 41, Charlotte, N.C. on April 6, 2014. This exercise discussed wing actions that would need to take place if the base were hit with a tornado or other natural disasters.  Training for real-life events is a must. The Crisis Action Team and the Emergency Operations Center have open forum walk thru “discussions” on how they will response to a natural disaster on base or in the community. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Patricia F. Moran, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

145th Airlift Wing held a Natural Disaster Table Top Exercise at the North Carolina Air National Guard, Fire Station 41, Charlotte, N.C. on April 6, 2014. This exercise discussed wing actions that would need to take place if the base were hit with a tornado or other natural disasters. Training for real-life events is a must. The Crisis Action Team and the Emergency Operations Center have open forum walk thru “discussions” on how they will response to a natural disaster on base or in the community. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Patricia F. Moran, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 156th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, North Carolina Air National Guard, secure a non-ambulatory community volunteer victim to a gurney in conjunction with firemen from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Fire Department, participating in the Western N.C. National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) Shake, Rattle, & Roll Exercise 2013 at the NCANG base, Charlotte-Douglas Intl. Airport, May 8, 2013. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Rich Kerner, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 156th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, North Carolina Air National Guard, secure a non-ambulatory community volunteer victim to a gurney in conjunction with firemen from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Fire Department, participating in the Western N.C. National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) Shake, Rattle, & Roll Exercise 2013 at the NCANG base, Charlotte-Douglas Intl. Airport, May 8, 2013. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Rich Kerner, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

Members from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Animal Care and Control Division bring nine dogs and four cats to the 145th Airlift Wing via their Mobile Unit during a Western North Carolina National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) Exercise held at the North Carolina Air National Guard base, Charlotte Douglas Intl. Airport, May 8, 2013. The animals are vital in how responders can successfully conduct, plan and execute the rescue of victims and their pets and/or assist animals during a natural or man-made disaster. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Laura Montgomery, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

Members from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Animal Care and Control Division bring nine dogs and four cats to the 145th Airlift Wing via their Mobile Unit during a Western North Carolina National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) Exercise held at the North Carolina Air National Guard base, Charlotte Douglas Intl. Airport, May 8, 2013. The animals are vital in how responders can successfully conduct, plan and execute the rescue of victims and their pets and/or assist animals during a natural or man-made disaster. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Laura Montgomery, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

North Carolina Air National Guard has enhanced their ability to work with civilian agencies following a catastrophe, thanks to a new Mobile Emergency Operations Center (MEOC).  Located at the North Carolina Air National Guard base, Charlotte Douglas Intl. Airport, the 36 feet long by 13 feet wide trailer is self-contained, using its own generator capable of supporting 24-hour operations for three to five days. It is specifically designed for use with civilian agencies. Airmen from the 145th Airlift Wing would deploy the MEOC at the request of the civilian community. The civilian emergency management officials could then work out of it side-by-side with our military responders.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Patricia F. Moran, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

North Carolina Air National Guard has enhanced their ability to work with civilian agencies following a catastrophe, thanks to a new Mobile Emergency Operations Center (MEOC). Located at the North Carolina Air National Guard base, Charlotte Douglas Intl. Airport, the 36 feet long by 13 feet wide trailer is self-contained, using its own generator capable of supporting 24-hour operations for three to five days. It is specifically designed for use with civilian agencies. Airmen from the 145th Airlift Wing would deploy the MEOC at the request of the civilian community. The civilian emergency management officials could then work out of it side-by-side with our military responders. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Patricia F. Moran, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Dawn Hicks, 145th Civil Engineer Emergency Management, studies an operations manual to learn about the Mobile Emergency Operations Center (MEOC) assigned to the 145th Airlift Wing, North Carolina Air National Guard base, Charlotte Douglas Intl. Airport. One of fifteen currently in operation throughout the United States, the $750,000 unit features an on-board generator, a full suite of civilian communications capabilities and meeting room space. It is specifically designed for use with civilian agencies. Military first responders from the 145th Airlift Wing work with civilian emergency management officials, side-by-side.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Rich Kerner, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Dawn Hicks, 145th Civil Engineer Emergency Management, studies an operations manual to learn about the Mobile Emergency Operations Center (MEOC) assigned to the 145th Airlift Wing, North Carolina Air National Guard base, Charlotte Douglas Intl. Airport. One of fifteen currently in operation throughout the United States, the $750,000 unit features an on-board generator, a full suite of civilian communications capabilities and meeting room space. It is specifically designed for use with civilian agencies. Military first responders from the 145th Airlift Wing work with civilian emergency management officials, side-by-side. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Rich Kerner, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- When it comes to disasters, normally there is little or no warning. Depending on where you live, you seldom get an announcement that gives the exact time and location when a devastating tornado, hurricane, earthquake or even a major fire might happen. Whether naturally occurring, man-made, or technological, un-expected disasters threaten the safety of our personnel and jeopardize our ability to accomplish the mission.

Do you have an evacuation plan? Where can you go for the best protection? Is your emergency kit ready? How about medical supplies, food, water, blankets?  The better prepared you are, the more likely you'll be able to save a life. Knowing what to do when disasters happen and how fast you can react may mean the difference between safety of you, your family, your pets and even the lives of those around you.

The North Carolina Air National Guard, (NCANG), 145th Civil Engineer Readiness and Emergency Management Flight (CES/EM), work hard all year to encourage Airmen and their families to "Be Ready!" Recurring events like National Preparedness Month, Active Shooter Exercises and Natural Disaster Table Top Planning help keep awareness on the forefront of everyone's minds.

With the mission to support the community, the 145th Airlift Wing, CES/EM also maintains one of 21 Mobile Emergency Operations Center's (MEOC) for the Air National Guard. The MEOC is a quick response asset which provides the community's Incident Commanders interoperable communications and emergency response support for various events and exercises across North Carolina and the Southeastern region.

Through the continuous efforts of our installation's "Be Ready" campaign, our community will be armed with the knowledge needed to enhance our national security, resilience, and readiness. National Preparedness Month specifically is an annual campaign started by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Department of Homeland Security in the year following 9/11. The goal is to raise awareness of the importance of personal preparedness and to increase the number of people who are prepared for emergencies.

As an annual requirement we surpass this through coordination with the local City of Charlotte Fire Department, Charlotte-Douglas International Airport and various agencies.  Historically, we have hosted an Animal Control Decontamination exercise, coordinated on Federal Aviation Administration exercises and on a daily bases maintain a unique Air National Guard response mission intertwined with the Fire and Emergency Services community.

Colonel Marshall C. Collins, Commander of the 145th Airlift Wing, said, "I encourage everyone to learn about our potential hazards, put together an emergency supply kit, make an emergency plan, and join in local efforts to become a partner in preparedness. Only by working together as a team can we truly "Be Ready" for emergencies."

For more information and resources to help you and your family "Be Ready," contact the Wing Readiness and Emergency Management office 145th CES/CEX at 704-391-4172 or visit http://www.BeReady.af.mil.