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National Guard Called into Action

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CAMP BEAUREGARD, La. - The Louisiana National Guard is taking action, and that means Camp Beauregard is gearing up to head south. Under the direction of Governor Jindal, hundreds of Louisiana National Guard members have been sent to New Orleans and other southern parishes. News Channel Five's Nolan Crane reports.

Chris Chavez is just one of the National Guard members who is in charge of taking inventory of the supplies stored in the sheds at Camp Beauregard. Although this may look like a lot of supplies, Chavez says it is still not enough to meet the demand hurricanes can cause.

"Today FEMA is coming in with 60 trucks, with water and MRE's, so we'll be loaded up and ready to go," says Chris Chavez.

Some Camp Beauregard national guardsmen have already gone down to New Orleans, taking some of this stockpile with them.

"We're here to help those people in need because some people don't prepare," says Chris Chavez.

"Basically whatever the mission is I help track those missions and make sure that the resources are available and assessable to the governor for whatever is needed," says Captain Desmon Green.

Captain Desmon Green is like a lot of people from Louisiana, who remembers the damage of previous hurricanes and he hopes that Isaac will be different.

"I have seen Gustav, Isaac and Rita and of course in preparation we're definitely prepared for Isaac and we're ready to go," says Captain Desmon Green.

Although the National Guard wants everyone to be prepared, these soldiers say they are here to assist everyone who needs help, in case help is needed.

"That's what the Louisiana National Guard is here for, is to help out the people of Louisiana," says Chris Chavez.

"Engineers are on the job and ready to go," says Captain Desmon Green.

Several hundreds guardsmen from Camp Beauregard have already been sent south towards the storm. There are 4-thousand on stand-by to assist people throughout the state as we continue to wait to see where Isaac goes and the damage that might be caused.

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