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Dave Courvoisier, Anchor

Military Police Operate in Evacuation Staging Area

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Members of Nevada's National Guard are in New Orleans playing a critical role in helping to evacuate New Orleanian hurricane victims.

Eyewitness News Anchor Dave Courvoisier is in New Orleans. He says, "We caught up with a military police company at an evacuation staging area. They're still coming out of the woodwork -- beleaguered residents with nowhere to go.

When search parties find them, they come here, and are greeted by Nevada soldiers. The military police have been staged at this point to just do a search for safety issues, similar to what they do at the airport -- making sure there are no knives or weapons. But they end up doing much more -- reassuring, welcoming, and seeing to the people's needs."

"Dehydration. There were people that had come in with issues of drug overdose, and just very ill from not having food and water for days, and we had actually medical support from Nevada back here," said Captain Troy Armstrong.

Armstrong normally works as a supervisor for Child Protective Services in Las Vegas. Now, he's protecting people who've lost everything. "Every day, and I think that's the theory even now when it's slowing down if they help one person, then it's a successful day."

Anchor Dave Courvoisier continues, "Once the immediate needs of the survivors are met, it's off to the next staging area -- the Louie Armstrong International Airport. Even the pets that are rescued end up coming here."

Captain Troy Armstrong adds, "Yeah, I've seen everything from birds, turtles, lots of dogs, some people bring 5 dogs, some people bring their pets, some of them take 'em on the helicopter."

Hundreds of Nevadans are assisting with relief efforts in the Gulf Coast:

  • Nellis Air Force Base sent 97 medical, security and para-rescue specialists to the region along with three rescue helicopters.
  • Five members of the Division of Emergency Management were deployed to the Gulf Coast.
  • A caravan of a hundred law enforcement officers from Nevada are in Mississippi to keep the peace.
  • And the 80 members of Nevada Task Force One, the urban search and rescue unit, are still in New Orleans.


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