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Air Force EPLOs deploy for Hurricane Dean

Soldiers with Quick Response Force (QRF) and equipment are offloaded from N.C. Air National Guard C-130s at George Air Field in Alexandria, La., in support of Hurricane Katrina relief effort on Sept. 3, 2005. Members of the QRF will provide security, medical, and humanitarian support. AFNSEP coordinates assets such as these when federal assistance is requested. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Brian E. Christiansen)

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TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The Air Force has deployed eight Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officers to various parts of the United States and Puerto Rico to help bring military assistance to threatened areas.

These officers, if requested by FEMA and approved by the Secretary of Defense, coordinate military-unique assets for rescue, relief and recovery efforts. They provide sourcing and coordination of Air Force assets and work closely with all branches of the U.S. military if in the event of a natural disaster.

"Air Force EPLOs train for emergencies. They network and build relationships with civil authorities throughout the country, so when the execute order is issued, they are available in a moment's notice to provide a trusted DOD presence," said Brand.

EPLOs help coordinate the use of military personnel, equipment and supplies between FEMA and the Air Force. They provide behind-the-scenes or front-line support and are the Air Forces Northern National Security Emergency Preparedness Directorate's conduit to bringing Air Force capabilities to a relief effort.

Mostly Reservists from Department of Defense service components, EPLOs are geographically assigned to each state and the 10 FEMA Regional Coordination Centers, coming from a wide range of career fields, including air operations, logistics, medicine, security forces, and public affairs.

During Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the Air Force deployed 67 EPLOs to18 local, state and federal agencies and throughout affected areas.

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