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Maxwell AFB, federal agencies prepare for Hurricane Irma

Maxwell Air Force Base serves as Incident Staging Base for the Federal Emergency Management Agency in preparation for Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 storm bearing down on the Eastern coast of the U.S., September 6, 2017.

Trucks are staged near Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., in preparation for Hurricane Irma Sept. 6, 2017. Maxwell AFB will serve as an incident staging base for the Federal Emergency Management Agency during response operations. (US Air Force photo/Melanie Rodgers Cox)

42nd Civil Engineering Squadron erect a fence to protect the flight line from debris during Maxwell Air Force Base's preparations as Incident Staging Base for the Federal Emergency Management Agency response for Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 storm bearing down on the Eastern coast of the U.S., September 6, 2017.

Members of the 42nd Civil EngineerSquadron erect a fence to protect the flight line from debris during preparations for Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., Sept. 6, 2017. Maxwell AFB will become an incident staging base for the Federal Emergency Management Agency response for Hurricane Irma, a Category five storm bearing down on the eastern coast of the U.S. (US Air Force photo/Melanie Rodgers Cox)

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. (AFNS) -- As Hurricane Irma races across the ocean, hundreds of tractor trailers carrying relief supplies are racing to Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, to preposition for further disbursement.

Starting Sept. 7, 2017, Maxwell AFB, is an incident staging base. The Federal Emergency Management Agency, will be receiving approximately 800 trailers bearing water, food, generators and other commodities that will be sorely needed by communities in Irma’s path.

Crews from FEMA and the Defense Logistics Agency are already at Maxwell AFB and more will be arriving in the next few days to receive the relief supplies and direct their distribution following the storm.

“Maxwell (AFB) is more than prepared to host FEMA and DLA for this vital mission,” said Col. Melissa Stone, 42nd Air Base Wing vice commander. “We’ll do whatever we can to help these agencies bring relief to the people who will be affected by this dangerous storm.”

The base is also making preparations to receive military aircraft based in affected areas as well as evacuees from affected military bases should the need arise, she said.

“Our hope is that the storm’s impacts are not as severe as what is predicted, but we are planning for the worst and are ready to assist in whatever capacity is required,” Stone said.

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