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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) – The governor activated the Tennessee National Guard to help in response to Tropical Storm Ida.

Ida made landfall along the Louisiana coast on August 29. At least one person was killed in the storm. Its 150 mph winds equaled it for the fifth strongest hurricane to ever hit the continent.

Hurricane Ida turned into a tropical storm as its high winds slowed over the Mississippi on Monday.

The 251st Tennessee National Guard Military Police Company in Lexington and Savannah, the 1172nd Transport Company in Memphis and Waynesboro, and the 1176th Transport Company in Dresden, Jacksboro and Smyrna will assist with recovery and relief efforts. More than 320 soldiers will participate in the efforts.

The guards will do the following:

  • assist with security in affected areas
  • provide ocean going vehicles to support rescue and recovery operations
  • providing vehicles to transport citizens out of affected areas, among other tasks

The Tennessee National Guard will also work with local, state and federal emergency management officials. Other cities across the state are bracing for the impact of the storm.

In Lebanon, the city leader gathered to prepare for the storm and loaded sandbags to distribute to residents. These sandbags will be available to residents from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Lebanon Fire Department Station 1, 209 E. Gay St. and Cedar Crest Shopping Center, 1031 W. Main St. There is a limit of 20 people.

“Keep sandbags dry until needed, the use of plastic in conjunction with the bags increases their effectiveness. Sandbags are not reusable and should be discarded after use,” wrote Lebanon on its Facebook page.

For more information on Lebanon’s preparations, click here.

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